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Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County guard Brandon Robinson, a North Carolina Tar Heels signee, was recently named a McDonald's All-American Game nominee.

If Brandon Robinson needed anymore confirmation that he is one of the top players in the nation, it came earlier this week.

The Douglas County senior guard was named a nominee for this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game.

He is one of 12 male nominees from Georgia that are hoping to make the final cut for the 24-player roster.

McDonald’s will name the official 24-player rosters during a selection show on Jan. 17, at 10:30 p.m. The show will air live on ESPNU. Both the boys and girls games will be played at the United Center in Chicago on March 30, with the girls tipping off at 6:30 p.m.

“It is a great honor to be nominated,” Robinson said. “It is something that you work towards as a high school player.”

Last year, Douglasville native Asia Durr, who is now a freshman at Louisville, played in the game. She graduated from St. Pius X as one of the top players in state history.

“We are very pleased with the nomination of 24 local players for the 2016 McDonald's All American Games,” said Orestes Rodriguez, president of Greater Atlanta McDonald’s Operators Association in a statement released on Wednesday. “These student-athletes display remarkable dedication and commitment to the game, and they also set an amazing example by working hard during their time off the court by giving back to their schools and the community. It’s an honor to have these players’ talents recognized at the national level, and we are proud to have them representing Georgia as nominees for the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games.”

Robinson, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, is rated among the top-100 players in the nation by all the major online recruiting services. So far this season, Robinson is averaging 25.9 points per game for the Tigers heading into today game against defending Region 3-AAAAAA champion Pebblebrook.

“This is big for Brandon,” Douglas County coach Hollis Bethea said. “It puts him in that group of elite players not only in Georgia but across the country.”

He signed with the North Carolina Tar Heels during the early signing period in November. The other two Tar Heel signees - Tony Bradley of Florida and Seventh Woods of South Carolina - were also nominated for the game, which is considered the top high school all-star game in the country.

“It is a great honor to be nominated,” Robinson said. “It is something that you work towards as a high school player.”

As a junior, he averaged nine points and four rebounds helping the Tigers reach the second-round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. He shot 40 percent from the field and made 27 percent of his 3-pointers.

Robinson said he put in a lot of time over the summer to improve his overall game.

“It’s just long hours in the gym and getting my mechanics back right, focusing and staying confident in my shot,” he said.

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