Name your favorite American basketball player and odds are/is he played in the McDonald’s All American Game. Besides a late bloomer like Stephen Curry, this year’s MVP ballot includes LeBron James (2003), James Harden (2007), and Anthony Davis (2011), all who have played in the game. The list goes on. The game is the pinnacle of high school all-star games.
The Micky D’s game is the nation’s first glance at the stars of tomorrow. The first time I really watched the game was during the 2002 dunk contest that featured Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. The commentators boasted so much about both players on how they would be future stars. Fast-forward a decade and some more, and the two were teammates on the New York Knicks. The year after 2002, a player nicknamed “King James” dominated the game along with one of the best point guards in the league in Chris Paul.
As we prepare for this year’s game, it is worth noting that times have changed. We are currently in a sneakerhead era of basketball, where gear may seem as essential as talent. AAU programs and elite high school teams provide the best gear from the apparel companies that dominate the grassroots level. The kids are always fresh and ready to look good on and off the court. It is every young baller’s dream to play in this game and with the game set to go down tonight, it is time to get to know some of the style of this year’s class of Mickey D’s All Americans.
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