McDonald's All-American Game

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. 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

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

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.


YearPlayerHigh SchoolCollege choice
1979Darren DayeJohn F. Kennedy HS (CA)UCLA
1980Russell CrossHugh Manley HS (IL)Purdue
1981[a]Adrian BranchDeMatha HS (MD)Maryland
1981[a]Aubrey SherrodWichita Heights HS (KS)Wichita State
1982Efrem WintersKing College Prep High School (IL)Illinois
1983[a]Winston BennettMale HS (KY)Kentucky
1983[a]Dwayne "Pearl" WashingtonBoys and Girls High School (NY)Syracuse
1984John WilliamsCrenshaw High School (CA)LSU
1985Walker LambiotteCentral HS (VA)NC State
1986J. R. ReidKempsville HS (VA)North Carolina
1987Mark MaconBuena Vista HS (MI)Temple
1988[a]Alonzo MourningIndian River HS (VA)Georgetown
1988[a]Billy OwensCarlisle HS (PA) Syracuse
1989[a]Bobby HurleySt. Anthony HS (NJ)Duke
1989[a]Shaquille O'NealRobert G. Cole HS (TX)LSU
1990Shawn BradleyEmery County High School (UT)Brigham Young
1991[a]Chris WebberDetroit Country Day School (MI)Michigan
1991[a]Rick BrunsonSalem HS (MA) Temple
1992Othella HarringtonMurrah HS (MS) Georgetown
1993[a]Jacque VaughnJohn Muir HS (CA)Kansas
1993[a]Jerry StackhouseOak Hill Academy (VA) North Carolina
1994Felipe LópezRice HS (NY)St. John's
1995Kevin GarnettFarragut Academy HS (IL)Turned pro
1996Shaheen HollowaySt. Patrick HS (NJ)Seton Hall
1997Kenny GregoryIndependence HS (OH)Kansas
1998Ronald CurryHampton HS (VA)North Carolina
1999Jonathan BenderPicayune Memorial HS (MS)Turned pro
2000Zach RandolphMarion HS (IN)Michigan State
2001Eddy CurryThornwood HS (IL)Turned pro
2002J. J. RedickCave Spring HS (VA)Duke
2003LeBron JamesSt. Vincent-St. Mary HS OHTurned pro
2004[a]Dwight HowardSouthwest Atlanta Christian Academy (GA)Turned pro
2004[a]J. R. SmithSt. Benedict's Preparatory School (NJ)Turned pro
2005Josh McRobertsCarmel HS (IN)Duke
2006[a]Chase BudingerLa Costa Canyon HS (CA)Arizona
2006[a]Kevin DurantMontrose Christian School (MD)Texas
2007Michael BeasleyNotre Dame Prep MA K-State
2008Tyreke EvansAmerican Christian Academy (PA)Memphis
2009Derrick FavorsSouth 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 OkaforWhitney Young (IL) Duke
2014[a]Justin JacksonHomeschool Christian Youth Association (TX) North Carolina
2015Cheick DialloOur 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


YearPlayerHigh SchoolCollege choice
2002[a]Shanna ZolmanWawasee High School (IN)Tennessee
2002[a]Ann StrotherHighlands Ranch High School (CO)Connecticut
2003Katie GearldsBeech Grove High School (IN)Purdue
2004Alexis HornbuckleSouth Charleston High School (WV)Tennessee
2005Courtney ParisPiedmont High School (CA)Oklahoma
2006Jayne AppelCarondelet 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

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

McDonald's All-American Dunk

Television coverage

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

1979Charlotte, North CarolinaCharlotte Coliseum
1980Oakland, CaliforniaOakland Coliseum Arena
1981Wichita, KansasLevitt Arena
1982Rosemont, IllinoisRosemont Horizon
1983AtlantaOmni Coliseum
1984Inglewood, CaliforniaThe Forum
1985DallasReunion Arena
1986DetroitJoe Louis Arena
1988Boston, MassachusettsBoston Garden
1989Kansas City, MissouriKemper Arena
1990IndianapolisMarket Square Arena
1991Landover, MarylandCapital Centre
1992AtlantaAlexander Memorial Coliseum
1993Houston, TexasThe Summit
1994Uniondale, New YorkNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1995St. Louis, MissouriKiel Center
1996PittsburghPittsburgh Civic Arena
1997Colorado Springs, ColoradoClune Arena
1998Norfolk, VirginiaNorfolk Scope
1999Ames, IowaHilton Coliseum
2001Durham, North CarolinaCameron Indoor Stadium
2002New YorkMadison Square Garden
2003Cleveland, OhioGund Arena
2004Oklahoma City, OklahomaFord Center
2005South Bend, IndianaJoyce Center
2006San DiegoCox Arena
2007Louisville, KentuckyFreedom Hall
2008MilwaukeeBradley Center
2009Coral Gables, FloridaBankUnited Center
2010Columbus, OhioJerome Schottenstein Center
2011ChicagoUnited Center
2012ChicagoUnited Center
2013 Chicago United Center
2014 Chicago United Center
2015 Chicago United Center
2016 Chicago United Center


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