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2007 McDonald's All America Game Rosters Announced

2007 McDonald's All America Game Rosters Announced
Feb 25, 2007, 03:47 pm
Rosters for the 2007 McDonald’s All America Game to be played March 28th in Louisville, KY were announced Saturday. While all of the big name players such as O.J. Mayo, Derrick Rose, and Kevin love made the game, there were two glaring omissions of top fifteen players in the country that surprised most insiders within the high school basketball community.

Both LSU signee Anthony Randolph and Texas A&M signee DeAndre Jordan were left on the outside looking in. Randolph (ranked #12 by Scout and #17 by Rivals) was left out of the game after averaging nearly 28 points per game this season for Woodrow Wilson HS in Dallas, TX. The 6’10 SF has been dominant in Texas high school basketball individually, although his team has been pretty average so far this season. Randolph’s high school coach Pat Washington informed DraftExpress weeks ago that he was told Anthony was not selected for the game, but we found it a bit hard to believe that a player considered by many to be one of the highest “upside” players in this class would not be selected.

Christian Life Center Academy big man DeAndre Jordan’s absence is a bit easier to understand. It was brought to DraftExpress’ attention that the 6’11 center is actually in his fifth year high school, transferring to Life Center Academy due to the fact that his eligibility ran up at Episcopal HS in Texas. McDonald’s policy on accepting fifth year players is inconsistent, to say the least. Last year, Paul Harris was reportedly not selected due to the fact that he was a fifth year player. Both Gerald Green (2005) and J.R. Smith (2004), though, were chosen to participate in the game, despite being in the prep ranks for five years. Either way, it is a shame to see a player ranked as the #8 player in the class of 2007 by Rivals and #16 by Scout to be left out of this prestigious all-star game.

Stars such as O.J. Mayo, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love and Eric Gordon were shoeins for the game. The ACC and Big East again lead the pack in terms of All-Americans, with 5 a piece. The SEC will welcome just one McDonald's invite, after having none last season.

DraftExpress will be represented at both the practices and the game itself.

2007 McDonald's All American
High School Basketball Team



NUMERICAL ROSTER

EAST TEAM

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

1 Chris Wright G 6-1 200 St. John’s College High School, DC (Bowie, MD) Georgetown
2 J.J. Hickson F 6-10 240 Wheeler High School, GA (Marietta, GA) N.C. State
3 Austin Freeman G 6-5 215 DeMatha Catholic High School, MD (Mitchellville, MD) Georgetown
4 Johnny Flynn G 6-0 172 Niagara Falls High School, NY (Niagara Falls, NY) Syracuse
20 Donte Greene F 6-9 210 Towson Catholic High School, MD (Baltimore, MD) Syracuse
22 Nolan Smith G 6-3 190 Oak Hill Academy, VA (Upper Marlboro, MD) Duke
24 Corey Stokes F 6-6 220 St. Benedict’s Prep, NJ (Bayonne, NJ) Villanova
30 Gani Lawal F 6-9 220 Norcross High School, GA (Norcross, GA) Georgia Tech
31 Kosta Koufos C 7-1 260 GlenOak High School, OH (Canton, OH) Ohio State
32 O.J. Mayo G 6-4 190 Huntington High School, WV (Huntington, WV) USC
33 Nick Calathes G 6-6 190 Lake Howell High School, FL (Casselberry, FL) Florida
54 Patrick Patterson F 6-8 230 Huntington High School, WV (Huntington, WV) Undecided

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

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

5 Jai Lucas G 5-10 150 Bellaire High School, TX (Bellaire, TX) Undecided
13 James Harden G 6-5 215 Artesia High School, CA (Rancho Dominguez, CA) Arizona State
15 Blake Griffin F 6-9 245 Oklahoma Christian School, OK (Oklahoma City, OK) Oklahoma
22 Eric Gordon G 6-4 212 North Central High School, IN (Indianapolis, IN) Indiana
24 James Anderson F 6-7 195 Junction City High School, AR (Junction City, AR) Oklahoma State
25 Derrick Rose G 6-3 185 Simeon Career Academy High School, IL (Chicago, IL) Memphis
30 Michael Beasley F 6-10 240 Notre Dame Preparatory School, MA (Upper Marlboro, MD) Kansas State
31 Taylor King F 6-8 218 Mater Dei High School, CA (Huntington Beach, CA) Duke
32 Jerryd Bayless G 6-4 200 St. Mary’s Catholic School, AZ (Phoenix, AZ) Arizona
33 Kyle Singler F 6-9 210 South Medford High School, OR (Medford, OR) Duke
42 Kevin Love F 6-10 255 Lake Oswego High School, OR (Lake Oswego, OR) UCLA
45 Cole Aldrich C 6-11 250 Jefferson High School, MN (Bloomington, MN) Kansas

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)

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