TAG: McDonald’s All American Game

College, High School / Jan 21, 2015 / 2:30 pm

The 2015 McDonald’s All-American Nominees Have Been Announced

Kelly Oubre Jr., Cliff Alexander

Think of your favorite NBA superstar. No, seriously, take a second. Who did you come up with? Derrick Rose? LeBron James? Kevin Durant? Anthony Davis? At every level of basketball, from the NBA down, there is a group of players who are in a league of their own. Not only are their individual numbers usually ridiculous, but also the game seems to come easier to them. At the high school level this top group of youngsters makes up each year’s McDonald’s All-American Games. Think I’m overselling it? The last four number one picks in the NBA Draft are all alumni of the games. Read More »

High School / Apr 5, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Winners & Losers From The 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game

Theo Pinson, Kelly Oubre Jr.

Let’s be honest for a second here. No matter what your parents told you when you were growing up, everybody knows that there’s always a winner and a loser, right? If winning isn’t everything, then why do we keep score? I think Vince Lombardi said something along those lines. No matter the circumstances, whether it’s a rec-league game, the state championship, or an exhibition game meant to highlight the best young talent the game has to offer, someone’s performance makes them stand out – either for good or bad reasons. While none of the players actually “lost” by playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game, some did suffer bad performances throughout the week. I’m not saying they’re not good, they are. But for arguments sake, someone has to lose. Read More »

College, High School, NBA Draft / Apr 3, 2014 / 1:45 pm

12 McDonald’s All-Americans Ready To Make Instant Impact In College

Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell

On November 14, 2002, Carmelo Anthony, a 6-8, 230-pound former McDonald’s All-American, dominated in his first collegiate game, scoring 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a Syracuse loss at Memphis. He looked bigger, stronger, and overall better than the other nine players on the floor. Kevin Durant followed suit, scoring 20-plus points in his first seven games at Texas. In their first game of the 2014 season, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker scored 16 and 22 points, respectively. Read More »

High School, Latest News / Jan 30, 2014 / 11:04 am

McDonald’s Announces All American Games Rosters

Jahlil Okafor

Last night, McDonald’s announced the full rosters for this year’s All American Games, to be played at Chicago’s United Center on April 2, 2014. The West team will be anchored by Chicago’s very own, the No. 1 recruit in the country, Jahlil Okafor. He’ll square off against Cliff Alexander, another big man from the same city who’s — along with Myles Turner of Trinity High School in Texas (also playing in this game) — widely considered the No. 2-ranked prospect in this class. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 1, 2013 / 1:00 pm

adidas Unveils Special Edition Crazyquick for McDonald’s All American Games

adidas Crazyquick

The McDonald’s All American Games snuck up on me. We’re only two days away. On April 3, the best high school players in the country will take the court in Chicago for an all-star game that is always one of the spring-time highlights for basketball fans. And today, adidas officially unveiled what they’ll be wearing on their feet: a special edition colorway of the Crazyquick. Read More »

High School / Feb 15, 2013 / 10:00 am

Adidas Unveils New Short-Sleeve Uniforms For McDonald’s All-Americans

East uniforms for the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game. (photo. adidas)

Well, that didn’t take long. When the Golden State Warriors executive team said they believed their new, adidas short-sleeved alternate uniform would catch on quickly, I guess they didn’t technically end the thought with “in the NBA.” Less than a week later we now know the McDonald’s All-American Game participants will also wear the short-sleeved system. Read More »

High School, Video / Mar 28, 2012 / 2:15 pm

Video: High School Girl Throws Down 2 Dunks In McDonald’s Slam Dunk Contest

Breanna Stewart

As our friends at High School Hoop showed off earlier, this year’s McDonald’s All-American Powerade Jamfest was entertaining mostly because a girl didn’t just dunk; she dunked twice, and made the finals. Breanna Stewart will be attending UConn next year as the No. 1 prospect in her class according to ESPNU’s HoopGurlz 100. We can see why. See more of the story at High School Hoop. Read More »

High School / Jan 31, 2012 / 11:30 am

The 35 Greatest McDonald’s High School All Americans

35 Greatest McDonald's All Americans

Growing up, your goal might’ve been just to make varsity. Once there, maybe you started shooting for All-Star status. A select few possibly made it all the way to All-State. But if you’re chosen to play in the McDonald’s All American Game, you’re one of the very best of the very best, the peak of high school hoops. It’s history is littered with Hall of Famers and all-time greats. In a celebration of the 35th anniversary of the McDonald’s All American High School Boys Basketball Game, today, the McDonald’s All American Games unveiled its list of 35 of the Greatest McDonald’s All Americans. The list features many of the game’s greatest players – both past and present. Read More »

High School, NBA / Aug 12, 2011 / 2:30 pm

Feast Or Famine: The McDonald’s All-American Game

Amar'e Stoudemire

Every year, I watch players in high school, stars in high school, and think to myself: “Damn, that kid is on his way to big things.” It’s always hard to sort out the truth from the phonies because at that level, all of them look like future beasts. This guy, he’s the next KG … This guy is the next Amar’e … He reminds me a lot of Tim Duncan. No one compares a high school All-American to Jason Collins or Delonte West or Ronnie Brewer. Read More »

Smack / Mar 31, 2011 / 7:41 am

Carmelo/MSG Produce Fireworks; The Rest of the League Goes Crazy

Carmelo Anthony

Normally, starting Smack with a Knicks/Nets game must’ve meant that the rest of the league either had the night off or every other game just sucked. We could’ve started with all of the misplaced anger going around the NBA last night – guys were throwing bows, players were getting thrown out for grabbing their junk, there were punches thrown between announcers and fans. People were going harder than Malice on a solo cut, but we’ll get to it all after last night’s main basketball event from Madison Square Garden … 68 first-half points. To the Nets. Even Jay-Z would’ve had to laugh at that. Mike D’Antoni and the Knicks were probably laughing themselves. New York’s defense couldn’t have been more lax if they tried. Still, it was fun. Runs, highlights, the return of Deron Williams (22 points) Read More »