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February 24, 2007Note: StudentSportsBasketball.com will be in attendance at the 2007 McDonald's All-American game. We will have practice reports, exclusive interviews and instant game reports from Louisville for our premium subscribers, so please consider joining our team today.
Louisville, KY -- McDonald's and its panel of basketball experts announce the 24 members of the 30th annual Boys Game and 24 members of the sixth annual Girls Game to be played March 28, 2007 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
A portion of the proceeds from the 2007 McDonald's All American Games will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana and its Ronald McDonald House program. More than $5 million has been raised since the first Game was played in 1978.
"Being selected for the McDonald's All American Games is one of the greatest accomplishments in a basketball player's career," said legendary coach John Wooden, chairman of the Games and 10-time NCAA Champion at UCLA (1948-1975). "Not only will these youth contribute to the list of the best basketball players of all-time, but they will aid in raising money for this very important cause."
The 2007 McDonald's All American Boys Team features a widespread talent pool featuring: O.J. Mayo (Huntington, Huntington, WV) and his teammate Patrick Patterson, Eric Gordon (North Central, Indianapolis, IN), Kevin Love (Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego, OR), Derrick Rose (Simeon, Chicago, IL), Kyle Singler (South Medford, Medford, OR) and Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep, Fitchburg, MA). The Boys Game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) March 28, and will broadcast live on ESPN.
The 2007 McDonald's All American Girls Team also boasts a talent-rich roster including Maya Moore (Collins Hill, Suwannee, GA) an EA SPORTS All-American last season who was selected as the only high school junior to the USA Today All-USA first team in 2006. The Girls Game begins at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) March 28, and will broadcast on live on ESPNU.
Every athlete who participates in the McDonald's All American Games will visit the host city's local RMHC Chapter, as well as the Muhammad Ali Center to pay tribute to a local Kentucky landmark. For a complete list of players and more information on the McDonald's All American Game please visit www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com.
2007 McDonald's All American Boys High School Basketball Team
(Listed alphabetically with rank in Student Sports Hot 100)
Nick Calathes G/6-6/190 (Lake Howell, Winter Park, FL) Florida (12)
Jonny Flynn G/6-0/172 (Niagara Falls, NY) Syracuse (20)
Austin Freeman G/6-5/215 (DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, MD) Georgetown (9)
Donte Green F/6-9/210 (Towson Catholic, Baltimore, MD) Syracuse (6)
J.J. Hickson F/6-10/240 (Wheeler, Marietta, GA) N.C. State (18)
Kosta Koufos C/7-1/260 (Glen Oak, Canton, OH) Ohio State (10)
Gani Lawal F/6-9/220 (Norcross, GA) Georgia Tech (26)
O.J. Mayo G/6-4/190 (Huntington, WV) USC (1)
Patrick Patterson F/6-8/230 (Huntington, WV) Undecided (8)
Nolan Smith G/6-3/190 (Oak Hill Academy (VA), Upper Marlboro, MD) Duke (24)
Corey Stokes F/6-6/220 (St. Benedict's, Bayonne, NJ) Villanova (27)
Chris Wright G/6-1/200 (St. Johns College, Washington DC) Georgetown (33)
Co-Head Coach: Gary Forrest, (Oldham County, Buckner, KY)
Co-Head Coach: Steve Wright (South Laurel, London, KY)
Assistant Coach: Mike Listerman (Covington Catholic, California, KY)
Cole Aldrich C/6-11/250 (Jefferson, Bloomington, MN) Kansas (23)
James Anderson F/6-7/195 (Junction City, AR) Oklahoma State (47)
Jerryd Bayless G/6-4/200 (St. Mary's, Phoenix, AZ) Arizona (7)
Michael Beasley F/6-10/240 (Notre Dame Prep (MA), Upper Marlboro, MD) Kansas State (N/A)*
Eric Gordon G/6-4/212 (North Central, Indianapolis, IN) Indiana (3)
Blake Griffin F/6-9/245 (Oklahoma Christian, Edmond, OK) Oklahoma (13)
James Harden G/6-5/215 (Artesia, Lakewood, CA) Arizona State (15)
Taylor King F/6-8/218 (Mater Dei, Santa Ana, CA) Duke (40)
Kevin Love F/6-10/255 Lake Oswego, OR) UCLA (2)
Jai Lucas G/5-10/150 (Bellaire, TX) Undecided (48)
Derrick Rose G/6-3/185 (Simeon, Chicago, IL) Memphis (4)
Kyle Singler F/6-9/210 (South Medford, Medford, OR) Duke (5)
Head Coach: Derrick Taylor (Taft, Woodland Hills, CA)
Assistant Coach: Yutaka Shimizu (Taft, Woodland Hills, CA)
Assistant Coach: Jacob Pollon (Taft, Woodland Hills, CA)
* Beasley was not eligible for the Student Sports Hot 100 based on guidelines for players who have exhausted their regular high school eligibility. If Beasley were eligible, he would be fifth or sixth on the list either in front or behind Kyle Singler and definitely in front of Donte Green. Of the 24 players selected, 17 were in the top 24 of the Student Sports Hot 100. The West team has three players ranked in the 40's, but also four of the top five players in the country, with only No.1 O.J. Mayo not playing for the West squad.
2007 McDonald's All American Girls High School Basketball Team
Kelley Cain C/6-6/220 (St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA) Tennessee
Ashley Cimino F/6-3/175 (Catherine McAuley, Yarmouth, ME) Stanford
Cetera DeGraffenreid G/5-5/135 (Smoky Mountain, Cullowhee, NC) North Carolina
Lorin Dixon G/5-4/125 (Christ the King, Middle Village, NY) Connecticut
Jantel Lavender C/6-4/215 (Cleveland Central, Euclid, OH) Ohio State
Drey Mingo F/6-2/187 (Marist School, Atlanta, GA) Maryland
Maya Moore F/6-0/165 (Collins Hill, Lawrenceville, GA) Connecticut
Erica Morrow G/5-9/147 (Murry Bergtraum, Brooklyn, NY) Syracuse
Khadijah Rushdan G/5-9/165 (St. Elizabeth, New Castle, DE) Rutgers
Marah Strickland G/5-11/161 (Towson Catholic, Mt. Airy, MD) Maryland
Jasmine Thomas G/5-9/140 (Oakton, Fairfax, VA) Duke
Krystal Thomas F/6-5/187 (The First Academy, Windermere, FL) Duke
Head Coach: Chad Gilbert (Jeffersonville, IN)
Assistant Coach: Greg Wright (Jeffersonville, IN)
Assistant Coach Steve Wright (Jeffersonville, IN)
Victoria Baugh F/6-4/190 (Sacramento, CA) Tennessee
Angie Bjorklund G/6-0/165 (University, Spokane Valley, WA) Tennessee
Stefanie Gilbreath G/6-0/150 (Cinco Ranch, Katy, TX) USC
Alison Jackson F/5-11/140 (Fenwick, Chicago, IL) Ohio State
Amy Jaeschke C/6-5/210 (New Trier Township, Wilmette, IL) Northwestern
Italee Lucas G/5-8/150 (Centennial, North Las Vegas, NV) North Carolina
Kayla Pedersen F/6-4/195 (Red Mountain, Fountain Hills, AZ) Stanford
Devereaux Peters F/6-2/165 (Fenwick, Chicago, IL) Notre Dame
Ta'Shia Phillips C/6-6/220 (Brebeuf Jesuit, Indianapolis, IN) Undecided
Jeanette Pohlen G/6-0/165 (Brea-Olinda, Brea, CA) Stanford
Lenita Sanford F/6-3/170 (Lynwood, CA) California
Tyra White F/6-0/155 (Hickman Mills, Kansas City, MO) LSU
Head Coach: Donna Moir (Sacred Heart, Louisville, KY)
Assistant Coach: Betsy Cowan (Sacred Heart, Louisville, KY)
Assistant Coach: Bob Tonini (Sacred Heart, Louisville, KY)
This year, 48 players were selected from 2,500 nominees by a committee of basketball experts. They were chosen not only for their on-court skills, but for their performances off the court as well. Coach Morgan Wootten, who retired with more than 1,200 wins as head basketball coach at DeMatha (MD) High, is chairman of the selection committee. Wooden, who has been involved in the McDonald's All American Games since its inception, serves as chairman of the Games and as an advisor to the selection committee.
Since 1977, more than 800 players have competed in the McDonald's All American Games, forming an elite list that reads like a "Who's Who" in basketball history. McDonald's All American athletes include NBA greats Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony; along with current college stand-outs such as Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.
Former female All Americans include WNBA MVP candidate Seimone Augustus and NCAA stars Ivory Latta, Tina Charles and Candace Parker who made history at the 2004 McDonald's All American Games when she became the first woman to win the slam dunk contest at the POWERade Jam Fest.
Tickets to the Games and POWERade Jam Fest are available through Ticketmaster and by phone, (866) 909-GAME. POWERade Jam Fest will be held at Knight's Hall at Bellarmine University March 26, 2007 beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT.