Team Rosters Revealed for 30th Anniversary McDonald's(R) All American Basketball Games

Country's Top-Rated High School Players Compete in Louisville to Raise Money for Ronald McDonald House Charities(R)

Feb 24, 2007, 00:00 ET from McDonald's

    OAK BROOK, Ill., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonald's and its panel of basketball experts unveiled today the 24 members of the 30th annual Boys Game and 24 members of the sixth annual Girls Game to be played March 28, 2007 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.     A portion of the proceeds from the 2007 McDonald's All American Games will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC(R)) of Kentuckiana and its Ronald McDonald House(R) program. More than $5 million has been raised since the first Game was played in 1978.     "Being selected for the McDonald's All American Games is one of the greatest accomplishments in a basketball player's career," said legendary coach John Wooden, chairman of the Games and 10-time NCAA Champion at UCLA (1948-1975). "Not only will these youth contribute to the list of the best basketball players of all-time, but they will aid in raising money for this very important cause."     The 2007 McDonald's All American Boys Team features a wide-spread talent pool featuring: O.J. Mayo (Huntington High School - Huntington, W.Va.) and his teammate Patrick Patterson, Eric Gordon (North Central High School - Indianapolis, Ind.), Kevin Love (Lake Oswego High School - Lake Oswego, Ore.), Derrick Rose (Simeon Career Academy High School - Chicago, Ill.), Kyle Singler (South Medford High School - Medford, Ore.), Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Preparatory School - Fitchburg, Md.), Corey Stokes (St. Benedict's Prep - Newark, N.J.) and Nolan Smith (Oak Hill Academy High School - Mouth of Wilson, W.Va.). The Boys Game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) March 28, and will broadcast live on ESPN.     The 2007 McDonald's All American Girls Team also boasts a talent-rich roster including Maya Moore (Collins High School - Suwannee, Ga.) who was selected as the only high school junior to the USA Today All-USA first team in 2006. Also suiting up for the girls will be Angie Bjorkland (University High School - Spokane Valley, Wash.), Jantel Lavendar (Cleveland Central Catholic High School - Cleveland, Ohio), Kayla Pederson (Red Mountain High School - Mesa, Ariz.), Krystal Thomas (The First Academy - Orlando, Fla.) and Jasmine Thomas (Oakton High School - Vienna, Va.) The Girls Game begins at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) March 28, and will broadcast on live on ESPNU.     Every athlete who participates in the McDonald's All American Games will visit the host city's local RMHC Chapter, as well as the Muhammad Ali Center to pay tribute to a local Kentucky landmark. For a complete list of players and more information on the McDonald's All American Game(R) and RMHC, please visit: http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com or http://www.mcdepk.com/2007allamericangame/ .     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 800 players have competed in the McDonald's All American Games, forming an elite list that reads like a "Who's Who" in basketball history. McDonald's All American(R) athletes include NBA greats Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony; along with current college stand-outs such as Greg Oden and Kevin Durant. Former female All Americans include WNBA MVP candidate Seimone Augustus and NCAA stars Ivory Latta, Tina Charles and Candace Parker who made history at the 2004 McDonald's All American Games when she became the first woman to win the slam dunk contest at the POWERade(R) Jam Fest.     Tickets to the Games and POWERade(R) Jam Fest are available through Ticketmaster and by phone, (866) 909-GAME. POWERade Jam Fest will be held at Knight's Hall at Bellarmine University March 26, 2007 beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT.     About RMHC     Ronald 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 50 countries and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House(R), Ronald McDonald Family Room(TM) and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(TM). RMHC and its global network of local Chapters have awarded more than $440 million 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 .     For More Information:     Tara Hayes, McDonald's     630/623-3826     tara.hayes@us.mcd.com      Ben Lincoln, GolinHarris     312/729-4466     blincoln@golinharris.com              2007 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team                                ALPHABETICAL ROSTER              EAST TEAM                                        High School, State     No.    Name        Pos. Hgt. Wgt. (Original Hometown)          College      33 Nick Calathes     G  6-6  190 Lake Howell High School, FL   Florida                                       (Casselberry, FL)     4  Johnny Flynn      G  6-0  172 Niagara Falls High School, NY Syracuse                                       (Niagara Falls, NY)     3  Austin Freeman    G  6-5  215 DeMatha Catholic              Georgetown                                       High School, MD                                       (Mitchellville, MD)     20 Donte Greene      F  6-9  210 Towson Catholic               Syracuse                                       High School, MD                                       (Baltimore, MD)     2  J.J. Hickson      F  6-10 240 Wheeler High School, GA       N.C. State                                       (Marietta, GA)     31 Kosta Koufos      C  7-1  260 GlenOak High School, OH       Ohio State                                       (Canton, OH)     30 Gani Lawal        F  6-9  220 Norcross High School, GA      Georgia                                       (Norcross, GA)                Tech     32 O.J. Mayo         G  6-4  190 Huntington High School, WV    USC                                       (Huntington, WV)     54 Patrick Patterson F  6-8  230 Huntington High School, WV    Undecided                                       (Huntington, WV)     22 Nolan Smith       G  6-3  190 Oak Hill Academy, VA          Duke                                       (Upper Marlboro, MD)     24 Corey Stokes      F  6-6  220 St. Benedict's Prep, NJ       Villanova                                       (Bayonne, NJ)     1  Chris Wright      G  6-1  200 St. John's College            Georgetown                                       High School, DC                                       (Bowie, MD)       Co-Head Coach    Gary Forrest, Oldham County High School (Buckner, KY)     Co-Head Coach    Steve Wright, South Laurel High School (London, KY)     Assistant Coach  Mike Listerman, Covington Catholic High School                       (California, KY)              WEST TEAM                                       High School, State     No.     Name     Pos. Hgt.  Wgt.  (Original Hometown)         College      45 Cole Aldrich    C  6-11  250 Jefferson High School, MN      Kansas                                      (Bloomington, MN)     24 James Anderson  F  6-7   195 Junction City High School, AR  Oklahoma                                      (Junction City, AR)            State     32 Jerryd Bayless  G  6-4   200 St. Mary's Catholic School, AZ Arizona                                      (Phoenix, AZ)     30 Michael Beasley F  6-10  240 Notre Dame Preparatory         Kansas                                      School, MA                     State                                      (Upper Marlboro, MD)     22 Eric Gordon     G  6-4   212 North Central High School, IN  Indiana                                      (Indianapolis, IN)     15 Blake Griffin   F  6-9   245 Oklahoma Christian School, OK  Oklahoma                                      (Oklahoma City, OK)     13 James Harden    G  6-5   215 Artesia High School, CA        Arizona                                      (Rancho Dominguez, CA)         State     31 Taylor King     F  6-8   218 Mater Dei High School, CA      Duke                                      (Huntington Beach, CA)     42 Kevin Love      F  6-10  255 Lake Oswego High School, OR    UCLA                                      (Lake Oswego, OR)     5  Jai Lucas       G  5-10  150 Bellaire High School, TX       Undecided                                      (Bellaire, TX)     25 Derrick Rose    G  6-3   185 Simeon Career Academy          Memphis                                      High School, IL                                      (Chicago, IL)     33 Kyle Singler    F  6-9   210 South Medford High School, OR  Duke                                      (Medford, OR)       Head Coach       Derrick Taylor, William Howard Taft High School                         (Woodland Hills, CA)     Assistant Coach  Yutaka Shimizu, William Howard Taft High School                         (Woodland Hills, CA)     Assistant Coach  Jacob Pollon, William Howard Taft High School                         (Woodland Hills, CA)              2007 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team                                ALPHABETICAL ROSTER               EAST TEAM                                          High School, State     No.   Name            Pos. Hgt. Wgt. (Original Hometown)    College      52 Kelley Cain          C  6-6  220 St. Pius X Catholic    Tennessee                                          High School, GA                                          (Atlanta, GA)     24 Ashley Cimino        F  6-3  175 Catherine McAuley      Stanford                                          High School, ME                                          (Yarmouth, ME)     23 Cetera DeGraffenreid G  5-5  135 Smoky Mountain         North                                           High School, NC       Carolina                                           (Cullowhee, NC)     3  Lorin Dixon          G  5-4  125 Christ the King        Connecticut                                           School, NY                                           (Springfield Gardens,                                            NY)     42 Jantel Lavender      C  6-4  215 Cleveland Central      Ohio                                          Catholic High School,  State                                          OH (Euclid, OH)     33 Drey Mingo           F  6-2  187 Marist School, GA      Maryland                                          (Atlanta, GA)     32 Maya Moore           F  6-0  165 Collins Hill High      Connecticut                                          School, GA                                          (Lawrenceville, GA)     21 Erica Morrow         G  5-9  147 Murry Bergtraum High   Syracuse                                          School, NY                                          (Brooklyn, NY)     5  Khadijah Rushdan     G  5-9  165 St. Elizabeth High     Rutgers                                          School, DE                                          (New Castle, DE)     20 Marah Strickland     G  5-11 161 Towson Catholic High   Maryland                                          School, MD                                          (Mt. Airy, MD)     15 Jasmine Thomas       G  5-9  140 Oakton High School, VA Duke                                          (Fairfax, VA)     34 Krystal Thomas       F  6-5  187 The First Academy, FL  Duke                                          (Windermere, FL)       Head Coach       Chad Gilbert, Jeffersonville High School                        (Jeffersonville, IN)     Assistant Coach  Greg Wright,  Jeffersonville High School                        (Jeffersonville, IN)     Assistant Coach  Steve Wright, Jeffersonville High School                        (Jeffersonville, IN)                  WEST TEAM                                        High School, State     No.    Name         Pos. Hgt. Wgt. (Original Hometown)         College     22 Victoria Baugh     F  6-4  190 Sacramento Charter          Tennessee                                        High School, CA                                        (Sacramento, CA)     12 Angie Bjorklund    G  6-0  165 University High             Tennessee                                        School, WA                                        (Spokane Valley, WA)     20 Stefanie Gilbreath G  6-0  150 Cinco Ranch High School, TX USC                                        (Katy, TX)     11 Alison Jackson     F  5-11 140 Fenwick High School, IL     Ohio State                                        (Chicago, IL)     42 Amy Jaeschke       C  6-5  210 New Trier Township          Northwestern                                        High School, IL                                        (Wilmette, IL)     50 Italee Lucas       G  5-8  150 Centennial High School, NV  North                                        (North Las Vegas, NV)       Carolina     14 Kayla Pedersen     F  6-4  195 Red Mountain High Stanford                                        School, AZ                                        (Fountain Hills, AZ)     15 Devereaux Peters   F  6-2  165 Fenwick High School, IL     Notre Dame                                        (Chicago, IL)     53 Ta'Shia Phillips   C  6-6  220 Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory  Undecided                                        School, IN                                        (Indianapolis, IN)     32 Jeanette Pohlen    G  6-0  165 Brea-Olinda High School, CA Stanford                                        (Brea, CA)     51 Lenita Sanford     F  6-3  170 Lynwood High School, CA     California                                        (Inglewood, CA)     21 Tyra White         F  6-0  155 Hickman Mills High          LSU                                        School, MO                                        (Kansas City, MO)      Head Coach       Donna Moir,  Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, KY)     Assistant Coach  Betsy Cowan, Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, KY)     Assistant Coach  Bob Tonini,  Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, KY)  

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