2008 McDonald’s(R) All American Basketball Games Team Rosters Revealed

Nation’s Top-Rated High School Players Compete in Milwaukee to Raise Money for Ronald McDonald House Charities(R)


OAK BROOK, Ill., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ — The McDonald’s All American Basketball Games selection committee unveiled the 24 members of the 31st Boys Game and 24 members of the seventh annual Girls Game to be played March 26 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis.


Proceeds from the 2008 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC(R)) of Eastern Wisconsin and its Ronald McDonald House(R) program. Millions of dollars have been raised since the first Game was played in 1978.


“The McDonald’s All American Games is the premiere prep showcase for the top talent in college and pro basketball,” said Alonzo Mourning, captain of the new McDonald’s All American Advisory Council. “Not only will these young stars be added to the list of the best basketball players of all time, but they will aid in raising money for a very important cause.”


The 2008 McDonald’s All American Boys Team features a wide-spread talent pool, including: Greg Monroe (Helen Cox High School — Harvey, La.) the number one overall rated high school basketball player in the nation according to Scout.com and Rivals.com. Also taking the floor will be Demar DeRozan (Compton High School — Compton, Calif.), Samardo Samuels (St. Benedict’s Preparatory School — Newark, N.J), Tyreke Evans (American Christian Academy and Prep School — Aston, Pa.) and Scotty Hopson (University Heights Academy


— Hopkinsville, Ky.) The Boys Game will tip-off at 9:30 p.m. (EST) March 26, and will broadcast live on ESPN.


The 2008 McDonald’s All American Girls Team also boasts a talent-rich roster including Elena Delle Donne (Ursuline Academy — Wilmington, Del.), who has led Ursuline to three straight Delaware State Championship titles and was ranked as the No. 1 overall high school recruit by Scout.com. Also suiting-up for the girls will be Amber Gray (Lakota West High School — West Chester, Ohio), She’la White (Norfolk Collegiate School — Norfolk, Va.), LaSondra Barrett (William B. Murrah High School — Jackson, Miss.), Ashley Gayle (Bishop Gorman High School — Las Vegas, Nev.), Samantha Prahalis (Commack High School — Commack, N.Y.) and Nikki Speed (Marlborough School — Los Angeles, Calif.). The Girls Game begins at 7:00 p.m. (EST) March 26, and will broadcast live on ESPNU.


Every athlete who participates in the McDonald’s All American Games will visit the host city’s local RMHC Chapter to experience first-hand how the Games impact the local community. For a complete list of players and more information on the McDonald’s All American Games and RMHC, please visit: http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/ or http://www.mcdepk.com/2008allamericangame/.


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 had more than 1,200 wins as head basketball coach at DeMatha High, is chairman of the selection committee. Legendary UCLA coach John 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 850 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games, forming an elite list of basketball superstars. McDonald’s All American(R) athletes include NBA greats Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat), Magic Johnson (retired), Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), as well as WNBA star Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and women’s NCAA stars Tina Charles (Connecticut), Maya Moore (Connecticut) and Candace Parker (Tennessee).


Tickets to the Games and POWERade(R) Jam Fest are available through Ticketmaster and by phone, 866-909-GAME. The POWERade Jam Fest will be held at U.S. Cellular Arena on March 24, 2008 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.


About RMHC


McDonald House Charities, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Its programs are grassroots-driven to enable the Charity to offer help where children need it most – right in their own communities. RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on children’s lives through its global network of local Chapters in nearly 51 countries and regions through its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House(R), Ronald McDonald Family Room(R) and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(R). RMHC and its global network of local Chapters have awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and program services to children’s programs around the world. For more information, visit http://www.rmhc.org/.


About McDonald’s


McDonald’s USA, LLC is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald’s 13,700 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. For more information about McDonald’s visit http://www.mcdonalds.com/.

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2008 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team

ALPHABETICAL ROSTER

EAST TEAM

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. High School, State (Hometown) College

42 Al-Farouq Aminu F 6-9 205 Norcross High School, GA
(Norcross, GA) Wake Forest

44 William Buford G 6-5 185 Libbey High School, OH
(Toledo, OH) Ohio State

32 Ed Davis F 6-9 215 Benedictine High School,
VA (Richmond, VA) North
Carolina
1 Tyreke Evans G 6-6 217 American Christian Academy
and Prep School, PA
(Chester, PA) Undecided

50 JaMychal Green F 6-9 220 St. Jude Educational
Institute, AL
(Montgomery, AL) Alabama

24 Sylven
Landesberg G 6-6 205 Holy Cross High School, NY
(Flushing, NY) Virginia

3 Michael Rosario G 6-2 180 Saint Anthony High School,
NJ (Jersey City, NJ) Rutgers

55 Samardo Samuels F 6-9 230 St. Benedict’s Preparatory
School, NJ
(Montego Bay, Jamaica) Louisville

31 Chris Singleton F 6-9 225 Dunwoody High School, GA
(Dunwoody, GA) Florida
State

15 Kemba Walker G 6-0 175 Rice High School, NY
(Bronx, NY) Connecticut

25 Elliot Williams G 6-4 165 St. George’s Independent
School, TN (Memphis, TN) Duke

40 Tyler Zeller C 7-0 220 Washington High School,
IN (Washington, IN) North
Carolina

Head Coach Woodie Jackson, Francis Marion High School (Marion, AL)
Assistant Coach Anthony Trimble, Francis Marion High School (Marion, AL)
Assistant Coach Albert Turner, Jr., Francis Marion High School
(Marion, AL)

WEST TEAM

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. High School, State (Hometown) College

5 Luke Babbitt F 6-8 225 Galena High School, NV
(Reno, NV) Nevada

24 Demar DeRozan F 6-6 210 Compton High School, CA
(Compton, CA) USC

22 Larry Drew II G 6-0 160 William Howard Taft
High School, CA
(Los Angeles, CA) North
Carolina

33 Michael Dunigan C 6-10 248 Farragut Career Academy,
IL (Chicago, IL) Oregon

21 Jrue Holiday G 6-4 195 Campbell Hall
School, CA
(Chatsworth, CA) UCLA

31 Scotty Hopson G 6-5 180 University Heights
Academy, KY
(Hopkinsville, KY) Undecided

3 Brandon Jennings G 6-1 165 Oak Hill Academy, VA
(Los Angeles, CA) Arizona

11 Malcolm Lee G 6-4 165 John W. North High School,
CA (Moreno Valley, CA) UCLA

10 Greg Monroe F 6-10 235 Helen Cox High School, LA
(Gretna, LA) Georgetown

32 B.J. Mullens C 7-1 260 Canal Winchester High School,
OH (Canal Winchester, OH) Ohio State

1 Iman Shumpert G 6-4 200 Oak Park-River Forest
High School, IL
(Oak Park, IL) Georgia
Tech

12 Willie Warren G 6-4 195 North Crowley High School,
TX (Fort Worth, TX) Oklahoma

Co-Head Coach Tom Diener, Harold S. Vincent High School (Milwaukee, WI)
Co-Head Coach Jim Gosz, Rufus King High School (Milwaukee, WI)
Assistant Coach Marc Mitchell, Custer High School (Milwaukee, WI)

EAST TEAM

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. High School, State (Hometown) College

11 Elena Delle F 6-4 190 Ursuline Academy, DE
Donne (Greenville, DE) Connecticut

10 Amber Gray F 6-1 190 Lakota West High School,
OH (West Chester, OH) Tennessee

25 Glory Johnson F 6-2 175 Webb School of Knoxville,
TN (Knoxville, TN) Tennessee

42 Shenise Johnson F 5-11 160 Rush-Henrietta Senior High
School, NY (Henrietta, NY) Miami

55 Lynetta Kizer C 6-3 217 Potomac Senior High School,
VA (Woodbridge, VA) Maryland

34 Chelsey Lee C 6-3 142 Parkway Academy, FL
(Miami, FL) Rutgers

23 Alicia Manning G 6-1 170 Etowah High School, GA
(Woodstock, GA) Tennessee

21 Samantha G 5-7 125 Commack High School, NY
Prahalis (Dix Hills, NY) Ohio State

50 Chay Shegog C 6-3 185 Brooke Point High School,
VA (Stafford, VA) North
Carolina

40 Shekinna G 6-2 160 Morrilton High School, AR
Stricklen (Morrilton, AR) Tennessee

24 April Sykes G 6-1 187 East Oktibbeha County High
School, MS (Crawford, MS) Rutgers

3 She’la White G 5-6 135 Norfolk Collegiate School,
VA (Portsmouth, VA) North
Carolina

Head Coach Sherri Retif, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, PA)

Assistant Coach Corry Irvin, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
(Chicago, IL)
Assistant Coach Caryn Jarocki, Highlands Ranch High School
(Highlands Ranch, CO)

WEST TEAM

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. High School, State (Hometown) College

55 LaSondra F 6-2 160 William B. Murrah High
Barrett School, MS (Jackson, MS) LSU

32 Alyssia Brewer F 6-3 190 Sapulpa High School, OK
(Sapulpa, OK) Tennessee

24 Ashley Corral G 5-9 150 Prairie High School,
WA (Vancouver, WA) USC

1 Jasmine Dixon G 5-11 193 Long Beach Poly High
School, CA (Long Beach, CA) Rutgers

33 Ayana Dunning C 6-3 220 Eastmoor Academy, OH
(Columbus, OH) LSU

22 Ashley Gayle C 6-4 180 Bishop Gorman High School,
NV (Las Vegas, NV) Texas

15 Briana G 6-1 145 Cinco Ranch High School,
Gilbreath TX (Katy, TX) USC

3 Tiffany Hayes G 6-0 134 Winter Haven High
School, FL (Lakeland, FL) Connecticut

25 Destini Hughes G 5-10 140 Kennedale High School,
TX (Fort Worth, TX) LSU

30 Nnemkadi F 6-2 178 Cy-Fair High School, TX
Ogwumike (Cypress, TX) Stanford

23 Brooklyn Pope F 6-2 170 Paul Laurence Dunbar
High School, TX
(Fort Worth, TX) Rutgers

11 Nikki Speed G 5-9 135 Marlborough School, CA
(Pasadena, CA) Rutgers

Head Coach Tom Klawitter, Parker High School (Janesville, WI)
Assistant Coach Heidi Bunek-Hamilton, Arrowhead High School
(Hartland, WI)
Assistant Coach Jane Dooley, Parker High School (Janesville, WI)

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630-623-3826
[email protected]

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312-729-4235
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