Wrap Up – McDonald’s All American Game

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East coast! West coast! Let’s Go! March 30, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, the 15th annual girls and 39th annual boys McDonald’s All American game was hosted.The games were interesting, which consisted of memorable moments, such as unbelievable dunks, 3 point shots, never seen crossovers and supportive fans. There were players from all over the place and they played that night like they had all come from one school, one backyard with one love.

There was great sportsmanship amongst each player. Although there weren’t any players from Illinois, it was an amazing experience to witness a multicultural game with unique talents on and off the court. Both west coast teams won with outstanding hard work.

Sabrina Ionescu won MVP with a girls game record of 25 points. Ionescu states, “I didn’t really think about what the record was before, I didn’t even know how many points I had, I just did whatever I can do to help my team win”. Ionescu demonstrates her love for basketball on and off the court, as she never really credited herself as an individual for being the main reason why her team had won.


Along with Sabrina, Frank Jackson also won MVP. After the game, Frank Jackson, Josh Jackson, and Jayson Tatum expressed how they felt about their experience in the All American game. Josh Jackson says that they all have been good friends for a long time and that made the game more special. Along with Frank Jackson, he says that the talent there was unbelievable and it was an honor as well as a lot of fun to play with the different players. Jayson Tatum says that the players were giving their all and putting on a show, which we all clearly witnessed.

That night we witnessed future Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, and many more college basketball players. That night made history and there are many years to come.

By: Kamiya Lipscomb

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