Skip to main content

Mikaylah Williams and Isaiah Collier Named 2023 Morgan Wootten National Players of the Year Ahead of the McDonald's All American Games
High school hoops' standouts chosen for dominance on the court, generosity in the community

CHICAGO, March 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- High school basketball stars Mikaylah Williams of Parkway High School in Louisiana and Isaiah Collier of Wheeler High School in Georgia have been named the 2023 Morgan Wootten National Players of the Year, one of high school hoops' most prestigious honors. Chosen by the McDonald's All American Games Selection Committee and the Wootten Family, both players continue the award's legacy of greatness, which not only celebrates monster numbers on the court, but also salutes all-star success in the classroom and in the community. Williams and Collier will join the rest of this year's finalists at Toyota Center in Houston for the 2023 McDonald's All American Games on Tuesday, March 28.

“In order to take my game to the next level and continue to learn and grow as a young woman, there’s only one place that I wanted to be: HOME!”⁠

Top basketball recruit @mkwill12_ announces that she will be playing for @lsuwbkb. Read the full piece on
- Mikaylah Williams @mkwill12_

For more than four decades, the McDonald's All American Games has been a steppingstone for basketball's best athletes. The Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year Award has been given annually since 1997 in honor of Morgan Wootten, the late chairman of the Games' Selection Committee and Basketball Hall of Fame Coach. Collier and Williams join a long list of stars to have been named to the honor – including LeBron James ('03), Dwight Howard ('04), Candace Parker ('04), Maya Moore ('07), Azzi Fudd ('21) and so many others.

"This award means so much to our family, as my father always sought to create well-rounded basketball players. It was just as important to him to coach a person who succeeded in the classroom and community, not just on the court," said Joe Wootten, Chairman of the McDonald's All American Games Selection Committee. "Mikaylah and Isaiah truly represent my dad's legacy as 2023 recipients of this award. They are such good people who are also amazing basketball players. I know they are going to continue to do great things in the future."

Mikaylah Williams
A true leader in all aspects of her life, Mikaylah Williams is a three-sport athlete, a highly rated class of 2023 prospect, a top performing student in her class and a frequent volunteer. The LSU commit has a passion for giving back, which has led Williams and her teammates to orchestrate an annual Easter egg hunt for her school's students with disabilities. Williams also regularly participates in activities at Parkway High School throughout the year, promoting inclusivity within the school's community. Williams is nationally recognized for her academics and serves as a student ambassador for her high school.

Isaiah Collier
As a top point guard prospect in the Class of 2023, Isaiah Collier is no stranger to assisting others. The USC commit is celebrated as a community champion, working to uplift teammates, neighbors and strangers in the greater Atlanta region. Collier is a member of numerous philanthropic endeavors, including those focused on clothing and food and insecurity, mentorship and environmental issues, often volunteering on a monthly basis. He is also a member of various academic clubs and organizations.

"Every year, the entire McDonald's All American class reminds us that the next generation of the sport is in great hands with so many high-character players. Our 2023 Morgan Wootten National Players of the Year, Mikaylah and Isaiah, are no exception," said Vicki Chancellor, Atlanta-based McDonald's Owner/Operator and Chair, McDonald's USA Franchisee Marketing Committee. "The work that Isaiah and Mikaylah put in their neighborhoods represent the best of who we are as a McDonald's All American Games family. They— along with each of our '23 All Americans— have such bright futures, and we can't wait to see them hit the floor in Houston."  

Honorable Mentions
This year's McDonald's All American Games roster is full of high character hoopers with 10 additional Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year finalists across both squads.

Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year Nominees from the girls' team included: KK Arnold (Germantown High School – WI), Zoe Brooks (Saint John Vianney High School – NJ), Jadyn Donovan (Sidwell Friends School – DC), Hannah Hidalgo (Paul VI High School – NJ) and JuJu Watkins (Sierra Canyon High School – CA).

Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year Nominees from the boys' team included: Aaron Bradshaw (Camden High School – NJ), Justin Edwards (Imhotep Institute Charter High School – PA), Ron Holland II (Duncanville High School – TX), Sean Stewart (Montverde Academy – FL) and DJ Wagner (Camden High School – NJ).

Houston, We Have Liftoff
Check out Collier, Williams and the rest of this year's McDonald's All Americans as they hit the hardwood on March 27 and 28 at the POWERADE® Jam Fest and McDonald's All American Games.

  • Fans can tune in to the POWERADE Jam Fest on Monday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
  • The 2023 McDonald's All American Girls Game will air live from Toyota Center in Houston on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Boys Game will immediately follow on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased for the event in Houston at

Follow @McDAAG on TwitterInstagram and TikTok for the latest news and announcements. 

About McDonald's Community Efforts
For decades, McDonald's has been committed to the communities it serves, and the people that make up those communities. Every day the brand takes steps to achieve a more equitable and inclusive future for employees, franchisees, suppliers, customers, and the communities it serves and fosters. Through involvement in youth sports, local charities and events that inspire the world, giving back is an essential part of the way the Golden Arches operates every day to shine brighter for communities. Notable efforts include fundraising and engaging volunteers for Ronald McDonald House Charities® programs; education and mentorship programs through Black & Positively Golden Mentors Program, Black & Positively Golden HBCU Scholarship Fund, the HACER® Education Tour, support of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's, diplomas2Degrees program and the Archways to Opportunity program; and partnerships with community organizations that uplift and inspire local action.

About McDonald's USA  
McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald's approximately 13,500 U.S. restaurants are owned and operated by independent business owners. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and on Facebook at

© 2023 McDonald's   
All trademarks and/or registered marks are owned by their respective companies

TOP Pageant News Now

Isabella Waggoner is CROWNED Miss Illinois' Teen 2023
Allie Bell is CROWNED Miss Arkansas' Teen 2023

Magyarország Szépe Miss World Hungary 2023 Final and Coronation on June 11th with 20 Contestants

27 Miss Louisiana 2023 Contestants in The Grand Finale June 17th at Monroe

23 Contestants Vying for Miss & Teen South Dakota USA 2023 Crowns, Coronation June Sun, 11th

Miss North Dakota USA 2023 Prelim June 10th and Coronation June 11th at Watertown

67 Contestants For 2 Crowns: Miss Oklahoma 2023 Final June 10th at 7:30pm while Teen Final at 2pm

Vote Your Favorite in 46 Miss Miss Grand International Italy 2023 Contestants

Hannah Utic is CROWNED Miss Alaska 2023
Lynciemae Adams is CROWNED Miss Alaska's Teen 2023
Ritassya Wellgreat is CROWNED Miss Grand Indonesia 2023 & Miss Mega Bintang Indonesia 2023

137 Miss Teen World South Africa 2023 Contestants Judging by 23 Judges on June 10th, Final at 5pm

46 Contestants at Miss Illinois 2023 Pageant, Finals Teen June 9th and Miss 10th

Miss International UK 2023 on June 10th at The Village Hotel Warrington with 57 Contestants

Miss Arkansas Offers 8 Event Tickets to This Five Days June 6-7-8-9-10th, 2023 Teen Final: Friday, June 9th, 2023 at 7pm and Miss Final: Saturday, June 10th, 2023 at 6:30pm with Coronation Broadcast: KARK / Ch. 4 Jun 10

35 Contestants Vying for Miss North Dakota Pageant 2023 Edition, Miss & Teen Finals June 10th at Williston

Join In-person Miss Iowa and Miss Iowa’s Teen 2023 Finals This Saturday June 10th with 29 Contestants

16 Miss Kansas 2023 Contestants Vying for Miss America 2024 Stage, Prelim June 9th and Final June 10th at Pratt

Miss New Mexico 2023 Pageant on June 10th at Alamogordo with 15 Miss & Teen Contestants

15 Contestants Vying for Miss District of Columbia 2023 Crown, Final This Saturday June 10th

47 Contestants Vying Miss Utah 2023 Crown at Final on June 10th at Salt Lake City

Now LIVE Watch The Prelim Miss Mega Bintang Indonesia 2023 Anywhere Around The World: Final on June 8th

Get Set Go for Miss Grand Brasil 2023 on June 10th at Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort, Iguazú Falls, Miss Grand International Isabella Menin will personally crown her successor!!!

38 Local Queens Vying Miss Mississippi 2023 Crown at Vicksburg Grand Finale June 10th

Miss Teen Universal 2023 Week June 6-11th Begins in Lima, Coronation June 10th

2023 Miss Alaska and Miss Alaska's Teen Pageant on June 8th at WWA

25 Delegates Competing for Two Crown at Miss Nebraska 2023 Pageant Final June 10th: Check Results

Nevaeh Harmon is CROWNED Miss West Virginia USA 2023 
Lakyn Campbell is CRWONED Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2023 
Bianca Wright is CRWONED Miss New Mexico USA 2023 
Asia Rose Simpson is CRWONED Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2023

Melissa Bottema is CROWNED Miss Grand Netherlands 2023 
Park Ji-young is CRWONED Miss Grand Korea 2023

Now LIVE Miss Grand Netherlands 2023 on June 4th: Check Results

Star Dahl-Thurston is CROWNED Miss Hawaii 2023 
Miranda O’Bryan is CROWNED Miss South Dakota 2023 
Alexis Fagan-Williams is CROWNED Miss Michigan USA 2023 
Avery Hill is CROWNED Miss Michigan Teen USA 2023 
Valeria Restrepo Salazar is CRWONED Miss Grand Colombia en Europa 2023 
Selene Bublitz is NAMED Miss Earth Argentina 2023 
Steffensen, O’Bryan Win Preliminary Awards at Miss South Dakota Competition 
Tong Kanika is CROWNED Miss Culture Global 2023

Check Results Top 16 Semifinalists: Port Huron Once Again To Host Michigan State's 66 USA Pageant Aspirants  
Check Results of Grand Finale Today: Voting Available to Support The Favorite in 33 Michigan Teens To Finals and Semifinals

Lauryn Trader is CROWNED Miss Hawaii's Teen 2023   
Neveah Kee is CROWNED Miss South Dakota's Teen 2023

Check Prelim Results: 21 Contestants Vying Miss Hawaii 2023 Crown The Road To Miss America 2024    
Miss Hawaii's Teen 2023 Final on June 2nd at Hotel Ala Moana Honolulu by Mantra: Check Final Results

Result: Prelim June 1st-2nd and Finals on June 3rd with 20 Miss South Dakota 2023 Contestant in Brookings    
Check Final Results: 16 Miss South Dakota's Teen 2023 Contestants Vying for Chance to Miss America's Teen 2024 Stage

Endi Demneri is CROWNED Miss Universe Albania 2023      
Arbesa Rrahmani is CROWNED Miss Universe Kosovo 2023      
24 Miss Universe Albania & Kosova 2023 Contestants for 2 Crowns, Semifinal May 25th, Final Jane 1st

19 Miss West Virginia USA Contestants Vying State Crown To Miss USA 2023 Stage       
Voting LIVE to Support 12 Contestants Vying for Miss West Virginia USA Teen 2023 Crown

The Fan Favorite Winner to Get Top 6 Placement to one of 26 Miss New Mexico USA 2023 Contestants         
NMSU Center For The Arts To Host 22 Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2023 Contestants

Candace Kanavel is CROWNED Miss Arizona USA 2023          
Peyton Stuewe is CROWNED Miss Arizona Teen USA 2023

Check 91 Contestants Vying for 71ST Miss World 2023 Crown at Dubai, UAE in May 2023

Mrs. Universe Jamaica 2023 this July 8th, Apply Now Registrations Open

32 Miss Polski Contestants Vying for National Crown The Road to International Stages

Regional Dates Here, Apply for Miss Grand International Italy 2023

Miss Universe Bahamas 2023 Registration Closes: Contestants Announcement Soon

Confirmed: 33 Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2023 Contestants will vie the crown in San Juan

Haiti will compete at Miss Universe 2023 in El Salvador this December, Registrations open May 15th

23 Contestants Vying for Miss Ecuador 2023 Crown: Sash on May 22 and Grand finale July 1st

Final Casting May 20th: Miss Universe Chile 2023 Grand Finale Aug 13, Free LIVE Stream

Miss New York USA 2023 Dates are August 4th – 6th, 2023, Online Pageant Application Opens

Miss Lesotho 2023 Final on Sep 2nd, Get Early Bird Tickets, Vote for Top 10 Now Live

The Lottery Sets Competition Order for 11 Miss Connecticut 2023 Contestants

Registration: here for Miss Canada Perfect 2023 Friday, April 14 - Sunday, April 16 2023

National Casting Opens for Miss Universe El Salvador 2023 Pageant, Contact for Interview                    
Apply for Miss Teen Colombia 2023 Pageant Online, Details Here

Pageants List Event Detail, Tickets, People's Choice Vote Online and LIVE Streams-> June 2023 | May 2023 | July 2023 | August 2023 |