McDonald's All-American Game

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The McDonald's All-American Game refers to each of the all-star basketball games played each year for American and Canadian boys' and girls' high-school basketball graduates. Consisting of the top players, each team plays a single exhibition game after the conclusion of the high-school basketball season, in an East vs. West format. As part of the annual event, boys and girls compete in a slam dunk contest, a three-point shooting competition, and an overall timed skills competition. It is rarely common for the girls to compete in the slam dunk contest sans, 2004 champion, Candace Parker. The boys' game has been contested annually since 1978, and the girls game has been played each year since it was added in 2002.

The McDonald's All-American designation began in 1977 with the selection of the inaugural team. That year, the All-Americans played in an all-star game against a group of high school stars from the Washington, D.C. area.[1] The following year, the McDonald's game format of East vs. West was begun with a boys contest. In 2002, with the addition of a girls contest, the current girl-game / boy-game doubleheader format began.

The McDonald's All-American Team is the best-known of the American high-school basketball All-American teams. Designation as a McDonald's All-American instantly brands a player as one of the top high-school players in the United States or Canada.[citation needed] Selected athletes often go on to success in college basketball. Every college team to win the NCAA men's championship since 1978 has had at least one McDonald's All-American on its roster, except for the 2002 Maryland Terrapins[2] and 2014 Connecticut Huskies.[3]

The teams are sponsored by the fast-food chain, McDonald's. Proceeds from the annual games go to local Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and their Ronald McDonald House programs.

35 Greatest Boys McDonald's All Americans[edit]

On January 31, 2012, McDonald's All American Games unveiled its list of 35 of the Greatest McDonald's All Americans, released in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the McDonald's All American High School Boys Basketball Game.[4]

The Greatest Boys McDonald's All Americans list, includes some of the top names in men's basketball history, and features past and present Olympics, NBA and NCAA stars. The players were selected by members of the McDonald's All American Games Selection Committee. In determining the list, all past McDonald's All Americans were considered based on their high school careers and performances in the McDonald's All American Games, success at the collegiate and professional level, and post-career accomplishments. The full list includes:

MVP Awards[edit]

An MVP/MOP award is presented each year to the most outstanding boy and girl players. The award is officially called the John R. Wooden Most Valuable Player Award.


Year Player High School College choice
1979 Darren Daye John F. Kennedy HS (CA) UCLA
1980 Russell Cross Hugh Manley HS (IL) Purdue
1981[a] Adrian Branch DeMatha HS (MD) Maryland
1981[a] Aubrey Sherrod Wichita Heights HS (KS) Wichita State
1982 Efrem Winters King College Prep High School (IL) Illinois
1983[a] Winston Bennett Male HS (KY) Kentucky
1983[a] Dwayne "Pearl" Washington Boys and Girls High School (NY) Syracuse
1984 John Williams Crenshaw High School (CA) LSU
1985 Walker Lambiotte Central HS (VA) NC State
1986 J. R. Reid Kempsville HS (VA) North Carolina
1987 Mark Macon Buena Vista HS (MI) Temple
1988[a] Alonzo Mourning Indian River HS (VA) Georgetown
1988[a] Billy Owens Carlisle HS (PA) Syracuse
1989[a] Bobby Hurley St. Anthony HS (NJ) Duke
1989[a] Shaquille O'Neal Robert G. Cole HS (TX) LSU
1990 Shawn Bradley Emery County High School (UT) Brigham Young
1991[a] Chris Webber Detroit Country Day School (MI) Michigan
1991[a] Rick Brunson Salem HS (MA) Temple
1992 Othella Harrington Murrah HS (MS) Georgetown
1993[a] Jacque Vaughn John Muir HS (CA) Kansas
1993[a] Jerry Stackhouse Oak Hill Academy (VA) North Carolina
1994 Felipe López Rice HS (NY) St. John's
1995 Kevin Garnett Farragut Academy HS (IL) Turned pro
1996 Shaheen Holloway St. Patrick HS (NJ) Seton Hall
1997 Kenny Gregory Independence HS (OH) Kansas
1998 Ronald Curry Hampton HS (VA) North Carolina
1999 Jonathan Bender Picayune Memorial HS (MS) Turned pro
2000 Zach Randolph Marion HS (IN) Michigan State
2001 Eddy Curry Thornwood HS (IL) Turned pro
2002 J. J. Redick Cave Spring HS (VA) Duke
2003 LeBron James St. Vincent-St. Mary HS OH Turned pro
2004[a] Dwight Howard Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (GA) Turned pro
2004[a] J. R. Smith St. Benedict's Preparatory School (NJ) Turned pro
2005 Josh McRoberts Carmel HS (IN) Duke
2006[a] Chase Budinger La Costa Canyon HS (CA) Arizona
2006[a] Kevin Durant Montrose Christian School (MD) Texas
2007 Michael Beasley Notre Dame Prep MA K-State
2008 Tyreke Evans American Christian Academy (PA) Memphis
2009 Derrick Favors South Atlanta HS (GA) Georgia Tech
2010[a] Harrison Barnes Ames HS (IA) North Carolina
2010[a] Jared Sullinger Northland HS (OH) Ohio State
2011[a] Michael Kidd-Gilchrist St. Patrick HS (NJ) Kentucky
2011[a] James Michael McAdoo Norfolk Christian (VA) North Carolina
2012 Shabazz Muhammad Bishop Gorman HS (NV) UCLA
2013 Aaron Gordon Archbishop Mitty HS (CA) Arizona
2014[a] Jahlil Okafor Whitney Young (IL) Duke
2014[a] Justin Jackson Homeschool Christian Youth Association (TX) North Carolina
2015 Cheick Diallo Our Savior New American School (NY) Kansas
2016[a] Josh Jackson Justin-Siena HS/Prolific Prep (CA) Kansas
2016[a] Frank Jackson Lone Peak HS (UT) Duke

a Denotes All-Star Games in which joint winners were named


Year Player High School College choice
2002[a] Shanna Zolman Wawasee High School (IN) Tennessee
2002[a] Ann Strother Highlands Ranch High School (CO) Connecticut
2003 Katie Gearlds Beech Grove High School (IN) Purdue
2004 Alexis Hornbuckle South Charleston High School (WV) Tennessee
2005 Courtney Paris Piedmont High School (CA) Oklahoma
2006 Jayne Appel Carondelet High School (CA) Stanford
2014 Turner, BriannaBrianna Turner[5] Manvel High School (TX) Notre Dame
2015[a] Mabrey, MarinaMarina Mabrey Manasquan High School (NJ) Notre Dame
2015[a] Cooper, Te’aTe’a Cooper McEachern High School (GA) Tennessee
2016 Ionescu, SabrinaSabrina Ionescu Miramonte High School (CA) Oregon

a Denotes All-Star Games in which joint winners were named

Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year[edit]

Prior to each game since 1997 a Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year has been chosen from the field of McDonald's All-Americans based on activity in the community, classroom and on the court.

Past winners have been

Dunk Contest[edit]

McDonald's All-American Dunk

Television coverage[edit]

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2010 ESPN Bob Wischusen Stephen Bardo
Jay Williams
Quint Kessenich
2009 ESPN
2008 ESPN
2007 ESPN Eric Collins Len Elmore and Tim McCormick
2006 ESPN
2005 ESPN
2004 ESPN[7] Dave Pasch Doug Gottlieb and Tim McCormick
2003 ESPN Dave Sims
2002 ESPN Dave Sims
2001 ESPN Dave Sims
2000 ESPN[8] Dave Barnett Tim McCormick
1999 ESPN Dave Barnett Larry Conley Jay Bilas
1998 ESPN Dave Barnett Bill Raftery Jay Bilas
1997 CBS Gus Johnson Dan Bonner
1996 CBS Gus Johnson Bill Raftery
1995 CBS Verne Lundquist Bill Raftery
1992 CBS James Brown Billy Packer
1991 CBS Billy Packer Greg Gumbel
1989 ABC Gary Bender Dick Vitale

Host cities[edit]

Year City Arena
1978 Philadelphia Spectrum
1979 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
1980 Oakland, California Oakland Coliseum Arena
1981 Wichita, Kansas Levitt Arena
1982 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
1983 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
1984 Inglewood, California The Forum
1985 Dallas Reunion Arena
1986 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
1987 Philadelphia Spectrum
1988 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden
1989 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
1990 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
1991 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
1992 Atlanta Alexander Memorial Coliseum
1993 Houston, Texas The Summit
1994 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1995 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Center
1996 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena
1997 Colorado Springs, Colorado Clune Arena
1998 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope
1999 Ames, Iowa Hilton Coliseum
2000 Boston FleetCenter
2001 Durham, North Carolina Cameron Indoor Stadium
2002 New York Madison Square Garden
2003 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena
2004 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Ford Center
2005 South Bend, Indiana Joyce Center
2006 San Diego Cox Arena
2007 Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall
2008 Milwaukee Bradley Center
2009 Coral Gables, Florida BankUnited Center
2010 Columbus, Ohio Jerome Schottenstein Center
2011 Chicago United Center
2012 Chicago United Center
2013 Chicago United Center
2014 Chicago United Center
2015 Chicago United Center
2016 Chicago United Center


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  2. ^ Littmann, Chris (2010-03-25). "To Win an NCAA Title, You Almost Always Need Some Help from McDonald's – From Our Editors –". Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  3. ^ Kussoy, Howie. "UConn defeats Kentucky to win NCAA Championship". 
  4. ^ "McDonald's announces its 35 greatest". 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  5. ^ Olsen, Dan (April 3, 2014). "Bonus Awards From McDonald's Game". ESPNW. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ RecruitingNation: Jabari Parker wins Wootten, ESPN, April 4, 2013.
  7. ^ OP 9000. "DO – Gottlieb likes OSU's chances against Pitt". Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  8. ^ "Heels don't get their men". 2000-03-30. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 

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