It's official. Tyreke Evans is a McDonald's all-American.

Yesterday on ESPN, the American Christian senior was named to the 2008 McDonald's all-American high school team. The Inquirer reported Monday that the 6-foot-6 guard would earn a spot on the East squad for the March 26 all-star game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Evans, who was attending his grandfather's funeral, could not be reached for comment yesterday. He is the second Delaware County player to participate in the prestigious event; Barry Bekkedam of Archbishop Carroll was a McDonald's selection in 1986.

"We are ecstatic. This is a dream come true for him," said Reggie Evans, Tyreke's older brother and legal guardian. "I'm just proud of him."

This is an extremely big weekend for Evans. In addition to being named a McDonald's all-American, the 18-year-old Chester native and his teammates will face St. Anthony's (N.J.) in Jersey City on Thursday night. St. Anthony's is the nation's top-ranked team, according to both USA Today and the National Prep Poll. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

And, according to published reports, Evans will take an official visit to Memphis University on Friday. Regarded as the nation's top unsigned basketball prospect, he has listed Villanova, Memphis, Louisville, Connecticut and Texas as his final five choices. Evans has said in the past that no team is considered a clear-cut favorite.

Evans is the third Southeastern Pennsylvania player in the last three seasons to play in the McDonald's game. Former Episcopal Academy teammates Gerald Henderson and Wayne Ellington participated in 2006. Henderson is a sophomore at Duke; Ellington is a sophomore at North Carolina.

Evans is recognized as the nation's top player in his class by Dime and Slam magazines. He was averaging 29.6 points through 25 games.