Jan. 31, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Today, the
's All American Games unveiled its list of 35 of the Greatest McDonald's All Americans, released in celebration of the 35
Anniversary of the
's All American High School Boys Basketball Game and in an effort to honor all the elite athletes that have participated in the Games over its history.
The 35 of the Greatest McDonald's All Americans list is comprised of some of the top names in basketball history, and features past and present Olympics, NBA and NCAA stars, including: Earvin "Magic" Johnson (
's All American class of 1977),
(1980), Glenn "Doc" Rivers (1980),
(1989), Shaquille O'Neal (1989),
"This list of great
's All Americans recognizes 35 years of basketball excellence," said
, director of the
's All American Games. "These players are a veritable 'who's who' of basketball's modern era."
Each of the players was selected by members of the
's All American Games Selection Committee. In determining the list, all past
's All Americans were considered based on his high school career and performance in the
's All American Games, success at the collegiate and professional level, and post-career accomplishments.
"For 35 years, the
's All American Games have showcased the top high school basketball players nationwide," said
's All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. "These 35 players are representative of all the great players that have played in the
's All American Games over the years."
Each of the 35 Greatest McDonald's All Americans will receive a custom-designed basketball, produced by Anaconda Sports
, to commemorate this special honor.
History of the McDonald's All American Games
's selected the first
's All American High School Team in 1977. In 1978, the inaugural
's All American Game was played at The Spectrum in
. Since then, more than 800 boys have been selected to play in the
's All American Games which benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities
2012 McDonald's All American Games
's All American Boys Game will tip-off on
Wednesday, March 28
8:30 p.m. CT
and is broadcast live on ESPN. Immediately preceding the Boys Game will be the 11
's All American Girls Game, beginning at
6 p.m. CT
and is broadcast live on ESPNU.
's will announce the 24 boys and 24 girls participating in the 2012 McDonald's All American Games via a Selection Show airing on ESPNU on
5 p.m. ET
. Tickets are available through
with free parking the night of the games.
For more details about the
's All American Games, please visit
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