Bulls Championship Teams Featured Numerous McDonald's All-Americans

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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 in game history today. Jordan of course led the team to six NBA titles, but was joined by five other former McDonald's All-Americans during the Bulls dynasty era.

Bill Wennington joined Jordan in the 1981 game and was a part of three Bulls title teams ('98, '97, '96). Notre Dame grad John Paxson, the starting point guard for the first three title teams played in the '79 game. Brian Williams
('87) was on the the '97 championship team, and Keith Booth ('93) was a
member of the '98 squad. So four of the title teams had three former
McDonald's All-Americans, while the other two teams had two.

That's a very good sign for this year, as the current roster boasts four: Derrick Rose (who met the three local kids playing in this game before the Bulls beat the Bobcats earlier this season), Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Keith Bogans.
The Bulls are currently two games ahead of the Boston Celtics and Miami
Heat for the #1 seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference, so expectations
for a deep postseason run are extremely high.

When you compare the amount of talent on this year's roster versus
the title teams, expectations get that much higher. (Or as Stacey King
screamed "I wanna go HIGHER!")

Local prospects in the game include Anthony Davis, Branden Dawson, and Wayne Blackshear

Go here for the full roster of this year's All-American game

Tickets for the game Wednesday night are $10 including parking; broadcast on ESPN 9PM CT

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest webzine. He's also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

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