FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Homestead senior Ayanna Patterson will play on high school basketball’s biggest stage as the UConn recruit was selected to participate in the 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The game features the top 24 girls in the country, followed by a boys game featuring the best 24 players in the U.S.

The girls game is set for Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Chicago and will air on ESPN2. The boys game will follow and will air on ESPN.

Patterson, the front runner for Indiana Miss Basketball, has led Homestead to a 19-1 record this season and the no. 1 ranking in Indiana’s IBCA poll.

Patterson is the first player from Fort Wayne selected to the McDonald’s All-American Girls Game, which began in 2002 (the boys game started in 1977). As far as northeast Indiana goes, the only other player from the area selected was Shanna Zolman of Wawasee, who earned game MVP honors in the inaugural contest in 2002.