Archive for March 2011

McDonald's All-American Game at United Center Draws Record Crowd

The most historical aspect of tonight’s McDonald’s All-American game was the attendance, 19,909; highest in the all-star series history. The East All-Stars triumphed 111-96. This is the first time a squad failed to hit the C-note since the 2006 East team scored 94 in San Diego. The East was led by game co-MVP James McAdoo,... Read more »

Notre Dame Announces Kick Off Times, First Night Game in 21 Years

For the first time in 21 years, there will be a night game at Notre Dame Stadium. The Notre Dame-USC game slated for Oct. 22, 2011, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EDT. “We are very excited about the opportunity to play host to a home night game. While we will do this only on... Read more »

McDonald's All-American Game Tonight at the United Center

Kobe. Jordan. Dwight Howard. Derrick Rose. Before they went on to NBA greatness, they all played in it, the nation’s premier high school all-star game. Tonight, the United Center- home of the Chicago Bulls will host the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game. The Michael Jordan statue outside the UC is adorned with MJ’s jersey from his... Read more »
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Bulls Championship Teams Featured Numerous McDonald's All-Americans

Tomorrow night, the United Center- home of the Chicago Bulls will host the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game, the nation’s premier high school all-star game. The Michael Jordan statue outside the UC is adorned with MJ’s jersey from his appearance in the 1981 game. In that memorable contest, Jordan dropped 30 points, which ranks second most... Read more »

LeBryan Nash Wins Jam Fest at CSU Convocation Center

Last night at the McDonald’s All-American Game Jam Fest, pretty much everyone in the building thought Duke recruit Marshall Plumlee won the dunk competition. An overwhelming majority of the people at the Chicago State Convocation Center thought Plumlee took it, but the prize went to Oklahoma State recruit LeBryan James, who himself was a bit... Read more »

Chicagoan Doc Rivers Big Influence on Son and Super-Recruit Austin

Last night, Duke super-recruit Austin Rivers, the number one overall prospect in the class of 2011, rocked the McDonald’s All-American Game skills competition known as Powerade Jam Fest. What event elicited the loudest roar from the crowd at the Chicago State Convocation Center? Austin revealing his warm-up to display his father’s old school Atlanta Hawks... Read more »
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Canadian Kyle Wiltjer Wins 3-pt Competition at Chicago State

The Kentucky Wildcats are back on the biggest stage of college basketball. Saturday night, they’ll go for their first national title since 1998 when they take on UConn in the Final Four. And their future might be even brighter than the present, as they lead the way with four recruits in the McDonald’s All-American Game... Read more »

Butler Bulldogs Embrace "Just Win, Baby" Concept in NCAA Tournament

Perhaps it’s fitting that the Butler Bulldogs eliminated the Michigan State Spartans 52-50 in last year’s Final Four. Not only was it a close game, but the 2010 State team seems to have passed that “just survive and advance no matter what” zeitgeist on to BU. MSU barely won all their games en route to... Read more »

Nation's #1 Recruit Austin Rivers in Town for McDonald's All-American Game

Wednesday night, the McDonald’s All-American game hits Chicago, and with it a showcase of the greatest high school talent in the country. Which means you’ll also see the best freshmen in next year’s college basketball season on display; as well as a few lottery picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. And there’s no bigger name... Read more »
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Notre Dame's Abromaitis has Future Potential with MBA and NBA

Everywhere you look, college football and college basketball news stories are filled with scandal and skullduggery. It’s enough to make one think there are no good guys left among the coaches, and no “students,” in the term “student-athlete.” Tim Abromaitis of Notre Dame is an exceptional exception. His team finished the season ranked #4 in... Read more »
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