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Wooten a McDonalds All-American nominee
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Manteca High’s Kenny Wooten is one of 755 high school seniors to earn a nomination for the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Games.

Also in consideration is Lathrop resident Christian Ellis of Modesto Christian. The final cut of 24 boys and 24 girls will be revealed Sunday, Jan. 17 at The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The event will be aired on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m.

The games will take place March 30 at the United Center in Chicago starting with the 15th annual girls contest at 3:30 (ESPNU) and 39th annual boys matchup at 6 (ESPN).

“I didn’t even know until just before tonight’s game,” Wooten said after helping the Buffaloes win their Valley Oak League opener at Lathrop on Tuesday. “It’s a real big honor to be nominated. Hopefully I can go further into it, but I need to work on my game and continue to do better.”

The 6-foot-9 Wooten, who has signed with Nevada, came into Tuesday’s Valley Oak League opener with Lathrop averaging 14 points, 19.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks. Ellis averages 10.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists for powerhouse Modesto Christian.

Others nominated from the region are Robinson Idehen of Modesto Christian and St. Mary’s girls standouts Mi’Cole Cayton and Kat Tudor.

Previous McDonald’s All-American nominees from the Manteca area in recent years include Courtney Range (Manteca, 2013), Chelsea Gray (St. Mary’s, 2010), James Nunnally (Weston Ranch, 2008) and Jessica Graham (Modesto Christian/Ripon, 2008).