McDonald’s All American Game: Flashback

The McDonald’s All American Game comes to Columbus, Ohio this Wednesday night and Stepien Rules has been credentialed for coverage of the games, so I’m going to head down…call me if you want to carpool. 

But before I do, I wanted to look back at the last McDonald’s All American game I went too:  the 2003 LeBron James verison of the event at Quicken Loans Gund Arena in Cleveland.  For some reason, seven years later, I still have the program that I bought.  I think I thought it might be worth money one day at the time…not sure if is…but it was definetely helpful for offering this look-back below:

2003 McDonald’s HS All American Teams

West All Americans – 2003:

Aaron BrooksFranklin HS, Seattle WA

Shannon BrownProviso East HS, Maywood IL

Brian ButchAppleton West HS, Appleton WI

Brandon CottonSt. Martin DePorres HS, Detroit MI

Ndudi EbiWestbury Christian School, Houston TX

Olu FamutimiNW Edision HS, Flint MI

JR GiddensJohn Marshall HS, Oklahoma City, OK

Kris HumphriesHopkins HS, Minnetonka, MN

David PadgettReno HS, Reno Nevada

Kendrick PerkinsClifton J. Ozen HS, Beaumont TX

Leon PoweOakland Tech HS, Oakland CA

Vakeaton (Von) WafterHeritage Christian Academy, Cleveland TX

East All Americans – 2003:

Brandon BassCapitol HS, Baton Rouge LA

Jackie ButlerMcComb HS, McComb MS

Luol DengBlair Academy, Blairstown NJ

Ivan HarrisOak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson PA

LeBron JamesSVSM, Akron OH

Michael JonesThayer Academy, Braintree MA

James LangCentral Park Christian HS, Birmingham AL

Andrew LavenderBrookhaven HS, Columbus OH

Travis OutlawStarkville HS, Starkville MS

Chris PaulWest Forsyth HS, Clemmons NC

Mustafa ShakurFriends Central HS, Wynnewood PA

Charlie VillanuevaBlair Academy, Blairstown NJ

According to my count, eleven of these 2003 McDonald’s All Americans are currently active in the NBA.  That list being as follows:  Shannon Brown, Aaron Brooks, Kris Humphries, Kendrick Perkins, Leon Powe, Chris Paul, Brandon Bass, Travis Outlaw, Charlie Villanueva, LeBron James, Luol Deng.  What’s also interesting is that Von Wafer could definetely be in the NBA if he wanted to – after a great run through the play-offs last season – but he opted to play professionally in Europe this season instead for more money than he could have made stateside. 

I’ll do a little research later, but on the flip side, there’s defintely some names on this list that don’t really ring a bell with me.  Mike Jones had a solid career at Maryland, Drew Lavender had a successful career at both Oklahom and then at Xavier – nearly knocking off OSU to go to the Final Four his senior season – and Giddens, Butch and Padgett all had good careers at Kansas, Wisconsin, and Louisville respectively as well.  Mustafa Shakur was also obviously solid at Arizona, but the names Brandon Cotton, Olu Famutimi, Jackie Butler and James Lang don’t jump out to me as having notable careers since playing in this game with the likes of LeBron James and Chris Paul.  I’ll google, or bing it, later this week and get back to you, but regardless, the crop of the twenty-four 2010 McDonald’s All Americans that will take the floor at Value City Arena on Wednesday will include more than a handful of future pros, and maybe the next Chris Paul…there is no next LeBron James, who was the MVP of the game in 2003.


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Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine,,, and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.