McDonald's All-American Game

The McDonald's All American Game is the all-star basketball game played each year for American and Canadian boys' and girls' high school basketball graduates. Consisting of the top players, each team plays a single exhibition game after the conclusion of the high-school basketball season, in an East vs. West format. As part of the annual event, boys and girls compete in a slam dunk contest and a three-point shooting competition, and compete alongside All-American Game alumni in a timed team shootout. The last of these competitions replaced separate overall timed skills competitions for boys and girls. It is rare for girls to compete in the slam dunk contest. They have, however, won it three times—in 2004 by Candace Parker, in 2019 by Fran Belibi, and most recently in 2022 by Ashlyn Watkins.[1] The boys' game has been contested annually since 1978, and the girls game has been played each year since it was added in 2002.[clarification needed]

Logo for the game

The McDonald's All-American designation began in 1977 with the selection of the inaugural team. That year, the All-Americans played in the McDonald's Capital Classic all-star game against a group of high school stars from the Washington, D.C. area.[2][3] The following year, the McDonald's All American Game began with a boys contest between the East and West squads. In 2002, with the addition of a girls contest, the current girl-game / boy-game doubleheader format began.

The McDonald's All-American Team is the best-known of the American high-school basketball All-American teams. Designation as a McDonald's All-American instantly brands a player as one of the top high-school players in the United States.[citation needed] Selected athletes often go on to compete in college basketball. All but four of the teams to win the NCAA men's championship since 1978 have had at least one McDonald's All-American on their rosters. The exceptions are the 2002 Maryland Terrapins,[4] the 2014 UConn Huskies,[5] the 2021 Baylor Bears, and the 2023 UConn Huskies. The 2023 Final Four was the first in which no McDonald's All-Americans participated.[6]

The teams are sponsored by the fast-food chain McDonald's. Proceeds from the annual games go to local Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and their Ronald McDonald House programs.

Greatest Boys McDonald's All-Americans edit

On January 31, 2012, McDonald's All-American Games unveiled its list of 35 of the Greatest McDonald's All-Americans, released in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the McDonald's All-American High School Boys Basketball Game.[7] In 2017, five players were added to the list in celebration of the 40th Anniversary.[8] Another five players were added in 2022 to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the game.[9]

The Greatest Boys McDonald's All-Americans list includes some of the top names in men's basketball history, and features past and present Olympics, NBA and NCAA stars. The players were selected by members of the McDonald's All-American Games Selection Committee. In determining the list, all past McDonald's All-Americans were considered based on their high school careers and performances in the McDonald's All-American Games, success at the collegiate and professional level, and post-career accomplishments. The full list of players includes:

^ Inducted in 2017
* Inducted in 2022
Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Year Player College
1977 Magic Johnson Michigan State
1979 Clark Kellogg Ohio State
1979 Ralph Sampson Virginia
1979 Isiah Thomas Indiana
1979 Dominique Wilkins Georgia
1979 James Worthy North Carolina
1980 Sam Perkins North Carolina
1980 Glenn "Doc" Rivers Marquette
1981 Patrick Ewing Georgetown
1981 Michael Jordan North Carolina
1981 Chris Mullin St. John's
1983 Kenny Smith North Carolina
1984 Danny Manning Kansas
1987 Larry Johnson Odessa / UNLV
1988 Christian Laettner Duke
1988 Alonzo Mourning Georgetown
1989 Bobby Hurley Duke
1989 Shaquille O'Neal LSU
1990 Grant Hill Duke
1991 Glenn Robinson Purdue
1991 Chris Webber*† Michigan
1992 Jason Kidd California
1993 Jerry Stackhouse North Carolina
1993 Rasheed Wallace* North Carolina
1995 Chauncey Billups* Colorado
1995 Vince Carter North Carolina
1995 Kevin Garnett Did not attend
1995 Paul Pierce Kansas
1996 Kobe Bryant Did not attend
1996 Jermaine O'Neal* Did not attend
1999 Jay Williams Duke
2002 Carmelo Anthony Syracuse
2002 Chris Bosh*† Georgia Tech
2002 Amar'e Stoudemire Did not attend
2003 LeBron James Did not attend
2003 Chris Paul Wake Forest
2004 Dwight Howard Did not attend
2005 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina
2006 Kevin Durant Texas
2007 Blake Griffin^ Oklahoma
2007 James Harden^ Arizona State
2007 Kevin Love^ UCLA
2007 Derrick Rose Memphis
2010 Kyrie Irving^ Duke
2011 Anthony Davis^ Kentucky

Annual game results edit

An MVP/MOP award is presented each year to the most outstanding boy and girl players. The award is officially called the John R. Wooden Most Valuable Player Award.

Boys edit


East All-Stars (23 wins) West All-Stars (21 wins)
Boys results
Year Result Host arena Host city Game MVP, High School Attendance TV Network Commentators
1977 The inaugural 1977 team did not play in the current East versus West format (MVP: Gene Banks) Games Not Televised
1978 West 94, East 86 The Spectrum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rudy Woods, Bryan High School (TX) 13,063
1979 East 106, West 105 (OT) Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte, North Carolina Darren Daye, John F. Kennedy HS (CA) 11,666
1980 West 135, East 111 Oakland Coliseum Arena Oakland, California Russell Cross, Hugh Manley HS (IL) 8,429
1981 East 96, West 95 Levitt Arena Wichita, Kansas [a]Adrian Branch, DeMatha HS (MD)
[a]Aubrey Sherrod, Wichita Heights HS (KS)
1982 West 103, East 84 Rosemont Horizon Rosemont, Illinois Efrem Winters, King College Prep High School (IL) 15,836
1983 West 115, East 113 Omni Coliseum Atlanta, Georgia [a]Winston Bennett, Male HS (KY)
[a]Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, Boys and Girls High School (NY)
1984 West 131, East 106 Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles, California John Williams, Crenshaw High School (CA) 10,214
1985 East 128, West 98 Moody Coliseum University Park, Texas Walker Lambiotte, Central HS (VA) 9,007 ESPN Jim Thacker
Dick Vitale
1986 East 104, West 101 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, Michigan J. R. Reid, Kempsville HS (VA) 15,527
1987 East 118, West 110 The Spectrum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mark Macon, Buena Vista THS (MI) 10,156 ABC[11]
1988 East 105, West 99 The Pit Albuquerque, New Mexico [a]Alonzo Mourning, Indian River HS (VA)
[a]Billy Owens, Carlisle HS (PA)
12,815 Keith Jackson
Dick Vitale
1989 West 112, East 103 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Missouri [a]Shaquille O'Neal, Robert G. Cole HS (TX)
[a]Bobby Hurley, St. Anthony HS (NJ)
9,419 Gary Bender
Dick Vitale
1990 East 115, West 104 Market Square Arena Indianapolis, Indiana [a]Shawn Bradley, Emery County High School (UT)
[a]Khalid Reeves, Christ the King HS (NY)
1991 West 108, East 106 Springfield Civic Center Springfield, Massachusetts [a]Chris Webber, Detroit Country Day School (MI)
[a]Rick Brunson, Salem HS (MA)
8,246 CBS Greg Gumbel
Billy Packer
1992 West 100, East 85 Alexander Memorial Coliseum Atlanta, Georgia Othella Harrington, Murrah HS (MS) 7,589 James Brown
Billy Packer
1993 East 105, West 95 Mid-South Coliseum Memphis, Tennessee [a]Jacque Vaughn, John Muir HS (CA)
[a]Jerry Stackhouse, Oak Hill Academy (VA)
10,225 Greg Gumbel
Bill Raftery
1994 East 112, West 110 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, New York Felipe López, Rice HS (NY) 6,008 Verne Lundquist
Bill Raftery
1995 West 125, East 115 Kiel Center St. Louis, Missouri Kevin Garnett, Farragut Academy HS (IL) 16,201
1996 East 120, West 105 Civic Arena Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Shaheen Holloway, St. Patrick HS (NJ) 13,411 Gus Johnson
Bill Raftery
1997 East 94, West 81 Clune Arena Colorado Springs, Colorado Kenny Gregory, Independence HS (OH) 5,858 Gus Johnson
Dan Bonner
1998 East 128, West 112 Norfolk Scope Norfolk, Virginia Ronald Curry, Hampton HS (VA) 10,253 ESPN Dave Barnett, Bill Raftery,
Jay Bilas
1999 West 141, East 128 Hilton Coliseum Ames, Iowa Jonathan Bender, Picayune Memorial HS (MS) 10,993 Dave Barnett, Larry Conley,
Jay Bilas
2000 West 146, East 120 FleetCenter Boston, Massachusetts Zach Randolph, Marion HS (IN) 18,624 Dave Barnett
Tim McCormick
2001 West 131, East 125 Cameron Indoor Stadium Durham, North Carolina Eddy Curry, Thornwood HS (IL) 9,314 Dave Sims
2002 East 138, West 107 Madison Square Garden New York City, New York JJ Redick, Cave Spring HS (VA) 16,505 Dave Sims
Larry Conley
2003 East 122, West 107 Gund Arena Cleveland, Ohio LeBron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (OH) 18,728 Dan Shulman
Jay Bilas
2004 East 126, West 96 Ford Center Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [a]Dwight Howard, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (GA)
[a]J. R. Smith, St. Benedict's Preparatory School (NJ)
14,402 Dave Pasch, Doug Gottlieb,
Tim McCormick
2005 East 115, West 110 Joyce Center Notre Dame, Indiana Josh McRoberts, Carmel (IN) 7,660
2006 West 112, East 94 Cox Arena San Diego, California [a]Chase Budinger, La Costa Canyon HS (CA)
[a]Kevin Durant, Montrose Christian School (MD)
11,900 Dave Pasch, Jay Williams,
Tim McCormick
2007 West 114, East 112 Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky Michael Beasley, Notre Dame Prep (MA) 11,632 Eric Collins, Len Elmore,
Tim McCormick, Quint Kessenich
2008 East 107, West 102 Bradley Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin Tyreke Evans, American Christian Academy (PA) 10,914  
2009 East 113, West 110 BankUnited Center Coral Gables, Florida Derrick Favors, South Atlanta HS (GA) 5,981  
2010 West 107, East 104 Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio [a]Harrison Barnes, Ames HS (IA)
[a]Jared Sullinger, Northland HS (OH)
9,210 Bob Wischusen, Jay Williams,
Quint Kessenich
2011 East 111, West 96 United Center Chicago, Illinois [a]Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, St. Patrick HS (NJ)
[a]James Michael McAdoo, Norfolk Christian (VA)
19,909 Bob Wischusen, Jay Williams,
Stephen Bardo, Quint Kessenich
2012 West 106, East 102 Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman HS (NV) 16,308
2013 West 110, East 99 Aaron Gordon, Archbishop Mitty HS (CA) 15,818 Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams,
Jalen Rose, Quint Kessenich
2014 West 105, East 102 [a]Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young (IL)
[a]Justin Jackson, Homeschool Christian Youth Association (TX)
2015 East 111, West 91 Cheick Diallo, Our Savior New American School (NY)   Adam Amin, Jay Williams,
Jalen Rose, Quint Kessenich
2016 West 114, East 107 [a]Josh Jackson, Justin-Siena HS/Prolific Prep (CA)
[a]Frank Jackson, Lone Peak HS (UT)
2017 West 109, East 107 Michael Porter Jr., Nathan Hale HS/Father Tolton HS (MO)  
2018 West 131, East 128 Philips Arena Atlanta, Georgia Nassir Little, Orlando Christian Prep (FL)   ESPN2 Mike Couzens, Jay Williams,
Cory Alexander, Quint Kessenich
2019 East 115, West 100 State Farm Arena Cole Anthony, Oak Hill Academy (VA)  
2020 Game Not Played Toyota Center Houston, Texas Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Game Not Played N/A N/A
2022 East 105, West 81 Wintrust Arena Chicago, Illinois Dariq Whitehead, Montverde Academy (FL)   ESPN Ted Emrich, Cory Alexander, Paul Biancardi
2023 East 109, West 106 Toyota Center Houston, Texas [a]D. J. Wagner, Camden High School
[a]Isaiah Collier, Wheeler High School
2024 East 88, West 86 [a]Dylan Harper, Don Bosco Prep
[a]Derik Queen, Montverde Academy

a Denotes All-Star Games in which joint winners were named

Girls edit

Girls MVP winners
Year Host Arena Host City Player High School College
2002[a] Madison Square Garden New York City, New York Ann Strother Highlands Ranch HS (CO) UConn
2002 Shanna Zolman Wawasee High School (IN) Tennessee
2003 Gund Arena Cleveland, Ohio Katie Gearlds Beech Grove HS (IN) Purdue
2004 Ford Center Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Alexis Hornbuckle South Charleston HS (WV) Tennessee
2005 Joyce Center Notre Dame, Indiana Courtney Paris Piedmont HS (CA) Oklahoma
2006 Cox Arena San Diego, California Jayne Appel Carondelet HS (CA) Stanford
2007 Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky Jasmine Thomas Oakton HS (VA) Duke
2008[a] Bradley Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin Brooklyn Pope [fr] Paul Laurence Dunbar HS (TX) Rutgers / Baylor
2008[a] Tierra Ruffin-Pratt T. C. Williams HS (VA) North Carolina
2009 BankUnited Center Coral Gables, Florida Skylar Diggins Washington HS (IN) Notre Dame
2010[a] Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio Natasha Howard Waite HS (OH) Florida State
2010[a] Meighan Simmons Byron P. Steele II HS (TX) Tennessee
2011 United Center Chicago, Illinois Elizabeth Williams Princess Anne HS (VA) Duke
2012 Alexis Prince Edgewater HS (FL) Baylor
2013 Mercedes Russell Springfield HS (OR) Tennessee
2014 Brianna Turner[12] Manvel High School (TX) Notre Dame
2015[a] Marina Mabrey Manasquan High School (NJ) Notre Dame
2015[a] Te'a Cooper McEachern High School (GA) Tennessee
2016 Sabrina Ionescu Miramonte High School (CA) Oregon
2017 Rellah Boothe IMG Academy (FL) Texas
2018 Philips Arena Atlanta, Georgia Christyn Williams Central Arkansas Christian High School (AR) UConn
2019 State Farm Arena Jordan Horston Columbus Africentric Early College (OH) Tennessee
2020 Toyota Center Houston, Texas Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 N/A N/A
2022[a] Wintrust Arena Chicago, Illinois Gabriela Jaquez Adolfo Camarillo High School (CA) UCLA
2022[a] Kiki Rice Sidwell Friends School (DC)
2023[a] Toyota Center Houston, TX Hannah Hidalgo
JuJu Watkins
Paul VI High School
Sierra Canyon School
Notre Dame
2024[a] Sarah Strong
Joyce Edwards
Grace Christian School
Camden High School
South Carolina
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Denotes All-Star Games in which more than one MVP was named.

Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year edit

Prior to each game since 1997 (Boys)/2002 (Girls), a national player of the year has been chosen from the field of McDonald's All-Americans based on activity in the community, classroom and on the court. The award is named in honor of high school coach Morgan Wootten, one of the founders of the McDonald's game.[13]

Past winners edit


Sprite/Powerade Jam Fest Award Winners edit

The slam dunk contest was first held as an unofficial event in 1985, and became an official part of the festivities in 1987.

The three-point contest was first held for boys in 1989, with a girls' competition added alongside the inaugural girls' game in 2002.

The skills contest was added for both boys and girls in 2002, with separate events held for both sexes through 2015.

In 2016, the skills contest was discontinued and replaced with a "Legends & Stars Shootout", involving teams consisting of one boy, one girl, and one All-American Game alumnus of either sex. Within each individual entry of Legends & Stars Shootout winners, the teams are listed in the aforementioned order. The Shootout is a timed competition in which each team must make a layup, free throw, three-pointer, and halfcourt shot in that order.[15]

Year Dunk Contest 3-Point Contest Skills Contest Legends & Stars Shootout
1985 Michael Porter[16]
1987 Jerome Harmon
1988 Matt Steigenga
1989 James Robinson Pat Graham
1990 Darrin Hancock Adrian Autry
1991 Jimmy King Sharone Wright
1992 Carlos Strong Chris Collins
1993 Jerry Stackhouse Chris Kingsbury
1994 Ricky Price Trajan Langdon
1995 Vince Carter Louis Bullock
1996 Lester Earl Nate James
1997 Baron Davis Shane Battier
1998 Ronald Curry Teddy Dupay
1999 Donnell Harvey Jason Kapono
2000 DeShawn Stevenson Chris Duhon
2001 David Lee Mo Williams
2002 Carmelo Anthony JJ Redick (boys)
Shanna Zolman (girls)
Torin Francis (boys)
Courtney LaVere (girls)
2003 LeBron James Mike Jones (boys)
Ivory Latta (girls)
Brian Butch (boys)
Erin Lawless (girls)
2004 Candace Parker Darius Washington Jr. (boys)
Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood (girls)
LaMarcus Aldridge (boys)
Charde Houston (girls)
2005 Gerald Green Mario Chalmers (boys)
Erika Arriaran (girls)
Richard Hendrix (boys)
Christina Wirth (girls)
2006 Gerald Henderson, Jr. Wayne Ellington (boys)
Allison Hightower (girls)
James Keefe (boys)
Michelle Harrison (girls)
2007 Blake Griffin Chris Wright (boys)
Italee Lucas (girls)
Nolan Smith (boys)
Cetera DeGraffenreid (girls)
2008 DeMar DeRozan Larry Drew II (boys)
Ashley Corral (girls)
Jrue Holiday (boys)
Nneka Ogwumike (girls)
2009 Avery Bradley Ryan Kelly (boys)
Skylar Diggins (girls)
Dante Taylor (boys)
China Crosby (girls)
2010 Josh Selby Cory Joseph (boys)
Maggie Lucas (girls)
Keith Appling (boys)
Chelsea Gray (girls)
2011 Le'Bryan Nash Kyle Wiltjer (boys)
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (girls)
Michael Carter-Williams (boys)
Ariya Crook-Williams (girls)
2012 Shabazz Muhammad Rasheed Sulaimon (boys)
Morgan Tuck (girls)
Tyler Lewis (boys)
Jordan Jones (girls)
2013 Chris Walker Nigel Williams-Goss (boys)
Kaela Davis (girls)
Demetrius Jackson (boys)
Jessica Washington (girls)
2014 Grayson Allen James Blackmon Jr. (boys)
Alexa Middleton (girls)
Tyus Jones (boys)
Alexa Middleton (girls)
2015 Dwayne Bacon Luke Kennard (boys)
Asia Durr (girls)
Jalen Brunson (boys)
Napheesa Collier (girls)
2016 Frank Jackson Malik Monk (boys)
Amber Ramirez (girls)
Jayson Tatum, Amber Ramirez, Candice Wiggins
2017 Collin Sexton Trae Young (boys)
Chasity Patterson (girls)
Quade Green, Anastasia Hayes, Jayne Appel
2018 Zion Williamson Immanuel Quickley &
Cam Reddish (boys)
McKenzie Forbes (girls)
Romeo Langford, Christyn Williams, Candice Wiggins
2019 Francesca Belibi Cole Anthony (boys)
Samantha Brunelle (girls)
Tyrese Maxey, Samantha Brunelle, Diamond DeShields
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2022 Ashlyn Watkins Keyonte George (boys)
Ashlon Jackson (girls)
Mark Mitchell (boys)
Indya Nivar (girls)
2023 Sean Stewart Jared McCain (boys)

Kymora Johnson (girls)

Ja'Kobe Walter (boys)

Riley Nelson (girls)

Note: The only female winners of the slam dunk contest are Candace Parker, Fran Belibi, and Ashlyn Watkins who respectively won in 2004, 2019, and 2022.

See also edit

References edit

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