2011 MACDONALD’S ALL-AMERICAN GAME

By Eric D.Graham
Updated: April 1, 2011

North Carolina—(BASN) In the house that Jordan build, a new breed of basketball players displayed their talents and skills in the 2011 McDonald’s High School All-American game Wednesday night on March 30th at the United Center in Chicago.

With nearly 20,000 fans in attendance, which was the largest crowd ever in the history of McDonald’s All-America game, the top 25 high school players in the country competed for bragging rights.

Surprisingly, the year’s McDonald’s All-American game seemed to be a family affair as familiar faces and names graced the backs of several players’ jerseys.

For instance, the National High School Player of the Year Austin River(Duke),the son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, Marshall Plumlee (Duke),the brother of Miles and Mason Plumlee of Duke University, Marquis Teague (Kentucky),the brother of Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks), Cody Zeller (Indiana), the brother of Taylor Zeller (UNC) and James McAdoo (UNC), the nephew of NBA great Bob McAdoo, all participated in the game and continued their family’s basketball legacy.

This year’s talented 2011 recruiting class was coached by two high school coaching legends.

Bob Cimmino, a four-time New York State coach of the Year from Mount Vernon High School, led the East team, and Gene Pingatore, of St.Joesph’s High in West Chester, Illinois, led the West team.

Cimmino and Pingatore had the honor and privilege to coach rising stars like Michael Gilchrist (Kentucky), Khem Birch (Pittsburgh), Myck Kabongo (Texas), Quentin Cook (Duke), Branden Dawson (Michigan State), Amir Williams (Ohio State), Brad Beal (Florida),Kyle Wiltjer (Kentucky),Rakim Christmas (Syracuse), P.J.Hairston(UNC), Shannon Scott (Ohio State) Anthony Davis (Kentucky) and several other outstanding players.

But after all the high-flying action from these top-notch college recruits, the East outscored the West 111 to 96.

And despite all the talent on one court, Michael Gilchrist, who had 14 points, was named the 2011 James R. Wooden co-MVP along with James McAdoo, who had 17 points and 4 rebounds.