McDonald’s All-American Week Preview

McDonald’s All-American Week Preview
Mar 29, 2009, 11:41 pm
It’s time to put the NCAA Tournament behind us for a couple of days, as we have the privilege of taking an in-depth look at some of the top high school players in America this coming week. The city of Miami will be hosting the 24 seniors honored to be named to this extremely prestigious event, and we’ll get to watch them practice and scrimmage over the next few days before the official game kicks off on Wednesday (8 PM EST, ESPN).

The rosters are as follow:


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

13 Kenny Boynton, Jr. G 6-3 190 American Heritage School, FL (Pompano Beach, FL) Florida

32 Dominic Cheek G 6-6 185 St. Anthony High School, NJ (Jersey City, NJ) Villanova

15 DeMarcus Cousins C 6-11 265 LeFlore Magnet High School, AL (Mobile, AL) Undecided

34 Derrick Favors F 6-9 235 South Atlanta High School, GA (Atlanta, GA) Georgia Tech

24 Milton Jennings F 6-9 215 Pinewood Preparatory School, SC (Cottageville, SC) Clemson

4 Ryan Kelly F 6-10 217 Ravenscroft School, NC (Raleigh, NC) Duke

33 Alex Oriakhi C 6-9 240 Tilton School, NH (Lowell, MA) Connecticut

30 Peyton Siva G 6-0 175 Franklin High School, WA (Seattle, WA) Louisville

1 Lance Stephenson F 6-6 220 Abraham Lincoln High School, NY (Brooklyn, NY) Undecided

7 Dexter Strickland G 6-3 180 St. Patrick High School, NJ (Rahway, NJ) North Carolina

11 Dante Taylor F 6-9 230 National Christian Academy, MD (White Plains, NY) Pittsburgh

2 Maalik Wayns G 6-1 185 Roman Catholic High School, PA (Philadelphia, PA) Villanova

Co-Head Coach Darryl Burrows, Dillard High School (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Co-Head Coach Mark Lieberman, Monsignor Edward Pace High School (Miami Gardens, FL)
Assistant Coach Derek Heard, Pasco High School (Dade City, FL)


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

11 Avery Bradley, Jr. G 6-3 180 Findlay College Prep, NV (Puyallup, WA) Texas

3 Abdul Gaddy, Jr. G 6-3 183 Bellarmine Preparatory School, WA (Tacoma, WA) Washington

31 Keith Gallon C 6-9 293 Oak Hill Academy, VA (Huffman, TX) Oklahoma

13 Xavier Henry G 6-6 225 Putnam City High School, OK (Oklahoma City, OK) Memphis

22 John Henson F 6-10 200 Sickles High School, FL (Odessa, FL) North Carolina

33 Wally Judge F 6-9 230 Arlington Country Day School, FL (Landover, MD) Kansas State

5 Tommy Mason-Griffin G 5-11 192 James Madison High School, TX (Houston, TX) Oklahoma

32 Mason Plumlee F 6-11 220 Christ School, NC (Winona Lake, IN) Duke

1 Renardo Sidney, Jr. C 6-10 250 Fairfax High School, CA (Los Angeles, CA) USC

21 Michael Snaer G 6-5 200 Rancho Verde High School, CA (Moreno Valley, CA) Florida State

12 David Wear F 6-10 225 Mater Dei High School, CA (Huntington Beach, CA) North Carolina

24 Travis Wear F 6-10 230 Mater Dei High School, CA (Huntington Beach, CA) North Carolina

Head Coach Pat Clatchey, Mount St. Joseph High School (Baltimore, MD)
Assistant Coach Brett Davis, Mount St. Joseph High School (Baltimore, MD)
Assistant Coach Doug Nicholas, Mount St. Joseph High School (Baltimore, MD)

A look back at the rosters of the 2007 game gives us a pretty good idea about the potential value of scouting an event like this. Nine players jumped to the NBA after one year in high school, and as many as 11 more could be in the draft already this year. While the 2007 class was about as special as you’ll find, history tells us that most of the players on this roster will find themselves in the NBA sooner or later as well. Unfortunately for NBA teams, they are only allowed to scout the actual game, and not the much more interesting practices and scrimmages, which means they’ll have to wait to find out just how good most of these kids actually are. DraftExpress readers won’t, though.

Stay turned over the next few days as we discuss the top performers in the practices and scrimmages, conduct interviews and cover all the ins and outs of the week.

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