2008 McDonald's All-American Boys Game

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2008 McDonald's All-American Boys Game
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1st Half 2nd Half Total
East 54 53 107
West 48 54 102
Date February 26, 2008
Arena Bradley Center[1]
City Milwaukee, Wisconsin
MVP/MOP Tyreke Evans
Officials Thad Hilliard
Steve Johnson
Paul Szelc
Attendance 10,914
Network ESPN
McDonald's All-American
2007 2009 >

The 2008 McDonald's All-American Boys Game was an All-star basketball game played on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. The game's rosters featured the best and most highly recruited high school boys graduating in 2008. The game was the 31st annual version of the McDonald's All-American Game first played in 1978.

The 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 had more than 1,200 wins as head basketball coach at DeMatha High School, was chairman of the selection committee. Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, who has been involved in the McDonald's All American Games since its inception, served as chairman of the Games and as an advisor to the selection committee.[2]

Proceeds from the 2008 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Games went to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern Wisconsin and its Ronald McDonald House program.[2]

2008 Game[edit]

The game was telecast live by ESPN. Nearly 11,000 fans filled the Bradley Center and witnessed a closely contested 107-102 victory by the visiting East Team. The victory widened the East’s lead in the overall series to 17-14 and stopped a two-game winning streak by the West Team.

The John R. Wooden MVP Award was given to Tyreke Evans (Memphis), as he led the East squad in both points (21) and rebounds (10). Mike Rosario (Rutgers) contributed 18 points and five steals. That steal total earned Rasario a tie for fifth place all-time in the record books.

Willie Warren (Oklahoma) led the West Team with 23 points on 65% shooting from the field. Brandon Jennings had a solid game with 12 points, five rebounds and nine assists, which placed him in the 10th spot all-time. Both teams featured a balanced attack where twelve players total scored in double figures (Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Demar DeRozan, B.J. Mullens, Willie Warren and Anthony Smith for the West) and (Tyreke Evans, Kemba Walker, Mike Rosario, Elliot Williams, Ed Davis and JaMychal Green for the East). The West Team also featured this year's Morgan Wootten Player of the Year and the Naismith Sportsmanship Award winners, Greg Monroe (Georgetown) and Luke Babbitt (Nevada) respectively.

This game looked to be a great match-up from the tip. The teams traded buckets and had three ties and four lead changes within the first three minutes of the game. However, the East Team grabbed the lead at 8-6 and kept it the remainder of the game. The West Squad fought hard to keep the lead to single digits and had it down to a two-point game late in the second period, but they couldn’t overcome a 14 rebound deficit and 52% shooting from the East Team.[3]

East Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight Position Hometown High school College choice
1 Tyreke Evans 6-5 217 G Aston, Pennsylvania American Christian Academy Memphis
3 Mike Rosario 6-3 180 G Jersey City, New Jersey St Anthony High School Rutgers[1]
15 Kemba Walker 6-0 180 G Bronx, New York Rice High School Connecticut
24 Sylven Landesberg 6-6 205 G Flushing, New York Holy Cross High School Virginia
25 Elliot Williams 6-4 175 G Memphis, Tennessee St. George's Independent School Duke
31 Chris Singleton 6-9 225 F Dunwoody, Georgia Dunwoody High School Florida State
32 Ed Davis 6-9 215 F Richmond, Virginia Benedictine High School North Carolina
40 Tyler Zeller 6-11 220 C Washington, Indiana Washington High School North Carolina
42 Al-Farouq Aminu 6-9 215 F Norcross, Georgia Norcross High School Wake Forest
44 William Buford 6-4 180 G Toledo, Ohio Libbey High School Ohio State
50 JaMychal Green 6-9 230 F Montgomery, Alabama St. Jude Educational Institute Alabama
55 Samardo Samuels 6-9 250 C Trelawny Parish, Jamaica Saint Benedict's Preparatory School Louisville

West Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight Position Hometown High school College choice
1 Iman Shumpert 6-3 200 G Oak Park, Illinois Oak Park and River Forest High School Georgia Tech
3 Brandon Jennings 6-2 170 G Los Angeles, California Oak Hill Academy None[2]
5 Luke Babbitt 6-9 225 F Reno, Nevada Galena High School Nevada
10 Greg Monroe 6-10 235 C Harvey, Louisiana Helen Cox High School Georgetown
11 Malcolm Lee 6-5 190 G Riverside, California John W. North High School UCLA
12 Willie Warren 6-5 200 G Fort Worth, Texas North Crowley High School Oklahoma
21 Jrue Holiday 6-4 195 G North Hollywood, California Campbell Hall School UCLA
22 Larry Drew II. 6-1 170 G Los Angeles, California Taft High School North Carolina
24 Demar DeRozan 6-6 210 F Compton, California Compton High School USC
25 Scotty Hopson 6-5 180 G Hopkinsville, Kentucky University Heights Academy Tennessee
32 B. J. Mullens 7-1 260 C Canal Winchester, Ohio Canal Winchester High School Ohio State
33 Michael Dunigan 6-10 250 C Chicago, Illinois Farragut Career Academy Oregon
  • 1 Rosario left Rutgers after his sophomore season of 2009–10 and transferred to Florida. He completed his eligibility at Florida in 2013.
  • 2 Opted to accept a contract in Rome, Italy instead of attending a US university.

Coaches[edit]

The East team was coached by:

The West team was coached by:

Boxscore[edit]

Visitors: East[edit]

## Player FGM/A 3PM/A FTM/A Points Off Reb Def Reb Tot Reb PF Ast TO BS ST Min
1 *Tyreke Evans 9/15 1/ 4 2/ 3 21 2 8 10 3 4 5 0 1 23:51
15 *Kemba Walker 6/ 9 1/ 2 0/ 1 13 3 3 6 0 3 3 0 1 22:59
40 *Tyler Zeller 3/ 4 0/ 0 0/ 0 6 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 12:41
42 *Al-Farouq Aminu 0/ 4 0/ 1 0/ 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 1 0 1 12:39
55 *Samardo Samuels 3/ 8 0/ 0 2/ 2 8 2 3 5 1 1 2 0 1 19:05
3 Mike Rosario 8/13 1/ 4 1/ 2 18 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 5 19:20
24 Sylven Landesberg 1/ 5 0/ 0 0/ 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 4 0 0 12:42
25 Elliot Williams 4/ 8 0/ 1 2/ 2 10 2 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 13:56
31 Chris Singleton 0/ 1 0/ 1 0/ 0 0 1 6 7 3 0 2 0 0 13:37
32 Ed Davis 5/ 7 0/ 0 1/ 4 11 3 3 6 1 0 0 0 1 13:46
44 William Buford 3/ 9 0/ 3 0/ 0 6 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 20:57
50 JaMychal Green 5/ 7 0/ 0 2/ 3 12 3 2 5 1 2 0 0 0 14:15
Team 1 2 3 3
TOTALS 47/90 3/16 10/17 107 19 34 53 15 12 25 0 11 199:48

Home: West[edit]

## Player FGM/A 3PM/A FTM/A Points Off Reb Def Reb Tot Reb PF Ast TO BS ST Min
3 *Brandon Jennings 5/12 2/ 8 0/ 0 12 0 5 5 2 9 6 0 1 23:01
10 *Greg Monroe 0/ 2 0/ 1 1/ 2 1 1 5 6 1 0 5 2 2 20:07
21 *Jrue Holiday 6/ 9 0/ 2 2/ 2 14 4 1 5 2 3 2 0 5 22:10
24 *Demar DeRozan 5/10 0/ 1 0/ 1 10 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 17:01
32 *B.J. Mullens 5/ 6 0/ 0 2/ 4 12 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 12:54
1 Iman Shumpert 0/ 1 0/ 1 0/ 0 0 0 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 12:40
5 Luke Babbitt 1/ 5 0/ 1 2/ 3 4 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 15:32
11 Malcolm Lee 1/ 3 0/ 0 1/ 2 3 2 0 2 3 0 2 0 1 13:54
12 Willie Warren 11/17 1/ 5 0/ 1 23 1 1 2 2 2 2 0 3 21:54
22 Larry Drew II 3/ 8 1/ 5 0/ 0 7 0 2 2 2 5 1 2 1 15:32
25 Scotty Hopson 4/ 5 0/ 1 2/ 4 10 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 1 14:43
33 Michael Dunigan 3/ 3 0/ 0 0/ 0 6 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 12:32
Team 1 1 2 1
TOTALS 44/81 4/25 10/19 102 10 29 39 17 24 23 6 15 200:00

(* = Starting Line-up)

All-American Week[edit]

Schedule[edit]

  • Tuesday, March 25: Powerade Jamfest
    • Slam Dunk Contest
    • Three-Point Shoot-out
    • Timed Basketball Skills Competition
  • Wednesday, March 26: 31st Annual Boys All-American Game

The Powerade JamFest is a skills-competition evening featuring basketball players who demonstrate their skills in three crowd-entertaining ways. The slam dunk contest was first held in 1987, and a 3-point shooting challenge was added in 1989. This year, for the first time, a timed basketball skills competition was added to the schedule of events.

Contest Winners[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Witrado, Anthony (March 20, 2007). "Lucioius could add local flavor to McDonald's game". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived April 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Home :: McDonald's All American(R) Games – A Basketball Rite of Passage (TM)". Mcdonaldsallamerican.com. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 

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