Future Kentucky Wildcats Goodwin, Poythress dominate McDonald’s All-American game

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Kentucky Wildcats fans have a lot to be excited about in the present, as they’re taking on their hated rival Louisville in the 2012 Final Four, but last night’s McDonald’s All-American Game also might have made UK fans think about the future for a bit.

Usually, you don’t think about next year’s recruiting class until the season is over. However, the way incoming UK freshmen Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress performed in the exhibition brought thoughts of next year here already.

And perhaps it helped in the recruiting of Muhammad Shabazz? Who’s narrowed his college choices down to four.

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Muhammad Leads West To McDonald’s All-American Game Win

 

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 Sure, the McDonald’s All-American game is an exhibition; the outcome serving as a backstory to the talent on the court. But when the West team’s 25-point lead was cut to four in the final minutes, it became imperative to earn a win.
“We’re talking about the 24 best players in the country, not just 12 (on the West team),” said Gordy Kerkman, head coach of the West. “You really knew, it sort of felt good to be 24 up, but you never feel safe.”

2012 McDonald’s All-American Game coaches named

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The McDonald’s All American Games  announced its four prep coaches who will lead their squads in the 2012 McDonald’s All American Games on Wednesday, March 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.

Gordon Kerkman of Aurora West High School in Aurora, Ill. will lead the Boys West and Billy Hicks of Scott County High School in Georgetown, Ky. will serve as head coach of the Boys East team.

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McDonald’s All-American Game Recap: East 111, West 96

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The most historical aspect of tonight’s McDonald’s All-American game was the attendance, 19,909; highest in the all-star series history. The East All-Stars triumphed 111-96. This is the first time a squad failed to hit the C-note since the 2006 East team scored 94 in San Diego.

The East was led by game co-MVP James McAdoo, a North Carolina recruit, and one of the top rated players in the country, who scored 17 points on 8-13 shooting. Florida recruit Brad Beal tied McAdoo for the game high in scoring.

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McDonald’s All-American Game Tonight Features Nation’s Best Prospects

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Kobe. Jordan. Dwight Howard. Derrick Rose. Before they went on to NBA greatness, they all played in it, the nation’s premier high school all-star game. Tonight, the United Center– home of the Chicago Bulls will host the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game. The Michael Jordan statue outside the UC is adorned with MJ’s jersey from his appearance in the 1981 game.

What should you expect? Well, it’s an All-Star game so not much defense; but also a fun, laid-back atmosphere. It’s a chance to see the nation’s best incoming college basketball freshmen, who will also probably comprise half the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery. The #1 rated recruit Austin Rivers, a Duke commit and son of Chicago playground legend, ex-NBA star and current Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers will suit up for the West team.

By Paul M. Banks

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#2 National Recruit, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis Put up Quadruple Double

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McDonald’s announced four male and four female finalists today for the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award. The annual award, named after DeMatha High School coaching legend Morgan Wootten, recognizes the nation’s top boys and girls high school senior student-athletes. In addition to their skills on the court, the winners must demonstrate outstanding character and exhibit leadership, both in the classroom and in the community. Winners will be announced March 15, 2011.

Each male finalist is rated in the top five of the ESPNU 100 list. In alphabetical order: Anthony Davis (Perspectives Charter School – Chicago, Ill.) the guy who had a quadruple double in a high school game, Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick High School – Elizabeth, N.J.) Davis’ future teammate next year at Kentucky, James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian – Norfolk, Va.) and Austin Rivers (Winter Park High School – Winter Park, Fla.).

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Bulls Take Over 1st in East, Celtics Doc Rivers Shows Great Respect

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It was a day of mixed results for Glenn “Doc” Rivers, the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics. The Chicago native returned home to be with (and congratulate) his son Austin Rivers, as he was named winner of the 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award today for his accomplishments on and off the court. He is after all, the #1 college basketball recruit in the nation (headed to Duke).

Obviously, that’s the highlight of his day. Here’s the bad.

With the Chicago Bulls (48-18) win over the Washington Wizards, his Boston Celtics (47-18) are now currently seeded #2 in the NBA‘s Eastern Conference.

By Paul M. Banks

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Duke Recruit Austin Rivers Takes Home National Player of the Year Award

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Austin Rivers, the #1 college basketball recruit in the nation (headed to Duke) was named winner of the 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award today for his accomplishments on and off the court.

Rivers, the 6-3, 200 lb. prep star from Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla. has been selected as first-team All-State since his freshman year. Rivers is the son of Boston Celtics coach and 1980 McDonald’s All American Glenn “Doc” Rivers. The pair represents only the second father/son duo in the event’s history behind Milt Wagner (1981) and son Dajuan Wagner (2001). “Doc” Rivers, the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics, currently seeded #2 in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, made the trip to Chicago today to surprise and congratulate his son at the official press conference.

Rivers became the fifteenth winner of the annual male Morgan Wootten Award. Previous winners include Harrison Barnes (2010), Kevin Love (2007), Dwight Howard (2004), LeBron James (2003), Jason Williams (1999) and the award’s first recipient Shane Battier (1997). Rivers beat out finalists Anthony Davis (Perspectives Charter School – Chicago, Ill.), Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick High School – Elizabeth, N.J.) and James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian – Norfolk, Va.).

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Kentucky Wildcats Super-Recruit Posted a Quadruple Double

A year or so ago, Kentucky Wildcats recruit and  McDonald’s All-American Anthony Davis wasn’t on anyone’s short list of blue-chip college basketball prospects. But after growing seven inches in a year, he now finds himself the #2 overall recruit in the nation (Duke commit Austin Rivers is #1) today.

I caught up to him Tuesday night; right before he had the opportunity to meet Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose, a McDonald’s All-American in 2007.

“I was 6′ 3,” then my junior year I was 6’5,” until this summer and now I’m 6’10,”” he said.

Kentucky and Duke lead all schools with four McDonald’s All-Americans in this class, and in the history of the designation, UK has scored the fourth highest number of McDonald’s All-Americans. All time, the state of Illinois has produced the 3rd most prospects of any state. Davis is a Chicago native who prepped at Perspectives Charter.

Davis was joined Tuesday night by Michigan State commit Branden Dawson and Louisville incoming freshman Wayne Blackshear.

By Paul M. Banks

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Branden Dawson Latest Michigan State Blue Chip Recruit

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This hasn’t been an ideal college basketball season in East Lansing, Michigan. In fact, it’s been nightmarish as the Spartans find themselves barely hanging on for a NCAA Tournament berth. Their meeting with the Illini on Saturday might be a “play-out game” for the big dance. But now’s not the time for MSU gloom and doom.

Instead let’s look ahead, to next year and another solid recruiting class. The crown jewel of that class is Branden Dawson, a 6-5 wing from Gary, Indiana who prepped at Lew Wallace.

The McDonald’s All-American Dawson is a Los Angeles Lakers fan should fit in well with Draymond Green next year, as he also prefers purple and gold.

By Paul M. Banks

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Bulls, Derrick Rose Greet Local McDonald’s All-Americans

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Tonight’s NBA contest between the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats featured three Chicago-area McDonald’s All Americans debuting their official 2011 jerseys at Chicago’s famed United Center alongside 2007 McDonald’s All American and current Bulls guard, Derrick Rose.

Branden Dawson, Wayne Blackshear and Anthony Davis will join forces again at the United Center on March 30 as Boys West squad teammates during the 34th McDonald’s All American Boys Game.

It was a special night for all three local products as they took in a game at “the House that Michael Jordan Built,” on a night when Jordan himself was in attendance (along with his former running mate Scottie Pippen and former Chicago Bears Defensive end/newly crowned NFL Hall of Famer Richard Dent)

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Three Duke Blue Devils Recruits Make McDonald’s All-American Team

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Yesterday the McDonald’s All-American team was announced, and four schools landed two recruits on the roster. Only two schools- Kentucky and Duke- landed three recruits into the game.

Yes indeed, the rich of college basketball are getting richer.

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