McDonald’s All Americans Prep For Big Game With Some Fun
On Tuesday, March 28, the McDonald’s All Americans had an intense practice. They were put through a series of tough drills including scrimmaging against each other. Throughout practice there was heated competition between the players, each pushing each other to be better. Deandre Ayton, who will be attending University of Arizona in the fall said it’s tough competing against each other. “The competition is great,” he said. “We are playing against the best high schoolers in the country, and we all want to win.”
Following the grueling practice, the players traveled to the United Center for media day. This was the time for reporters to interview players and talk about their experience.
I was able to talk to Trae Young, who will be attending Oklahoma University in the fall, and he was enjoying his time as an All American. “It’s been a great experience. Competing with all the top players in the country and having fun at the same time.” He was attracted to Oklahoma because of how close it is to home. He had great school visits and was able to bond well with the team.
On the day before media day, the All Americans took a trip to the Ronald McDonald House where they went to different stations located inside the house. Young said his favorite part of the house activities was making cookies. “I had a little girl named Kate, and she made about three cookies. She dumped every sprinkle on the cookies, but I loved seeing her smile throughout,” he said.
Young wasn’t the only one whose favorite station was making cookies. Jaylen Hands, who will be attending UCLA in the fall, agreed with him. “My favorite part was definitely making cookies. Taking a break from competing with [my teammates] on the court, and competing with them to see who could make the best cookie.”
I was able to play a little arcade basketball against Lonnie Walker, who will be attending the University of Miami next fall. I won, but he refused to admit his defeat. “Ah, I won yesterday,” he said. “There’s no photo or video to prove otherwise.” We shared laughter and we talked about his emotions for the All American Game. “I’m really excited to showcase my talents,” he said. “Wearing that jersey is just a dream come true”
This has been the dream of all the players since they were young. The players put on a show in the game, and they had a fun week leading up to the game.
By: Dorian Robinson, Junior, Chicago Hope Academy
Photo Credit: adidas basketball via campus sports