2008 McDonald's(R) All American Basketball Games Team Rosters Revealed
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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. (C) 2008 McDonald's 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) FOR MORE INFORMATION: Tara Hayes, McDonald's 630-623-3826 firstname.lastname@example.org Emily Fullmer, GolinHarris 312-729-4235 email@example.com SOURCE McDonald's All American Basketball Games Tara Hayes of McDonald's, +1-630-623-3826, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Emily Fullmer of GolinHarris, +1-312-729-4235, email@example.com, for McDonald's All American Basketball Games
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