The 2011 McDonald's All-American Game will showcase 24 of the nation's best boys and girls high school basketball players. Players are sorted into East and West teams, with a slam dunk contest, some three-point contests, and some cone-runnin' drills thrown in. Those happened back on Monday. I'm sorry if you missed them.
Game time and TV schedule: The girls' game can be seen at 7:30 pm ET on ESPNU, and the boys' game at 10 pm ET on ESPN.
Rosters: Complete rosters can be found right here for the East and West boys teams, and here for the East and West girls teams. More to come soon on individual talents, but fans of Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils, Ohio St. Buckeyes, Louisville Cardinals, and Syracuse Orange men's basketball have multiple incoming players to observe, as do women's Connecticut Huskies, Tennessee Volunteers, Stanford Cardinal, Duke, and USC Trojans fans.
Plenty of other teams, of course, have a player in the mix, and if nothing else you can likely find somebody from your state. A neighboring state? Your region? Almost certain your region is represented, if you live in the lower 48.
Location: Chicago's United Center, making this the first time in almost 30 years the game has been played in Illinois and the first-ever in Chicago. Where else in Illinois is there to play a high school all-star game? Sunny Rosemont in 1982, of course, which saw home-state talent Efrem Winters win MVP.
History: Since 1977 in Washington DC, the game has yet to take a year off, fielding MVPs like Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O'Neal. The event has been nationally televised every year since 1995, with CBS turning it over to ESPN in 1998. Gus Johnson even announced it a few times back in the '90s.
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