Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 4:53 pm  |  30 responses

McDonald’s Unveils 35 Greatest All Americans

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, McDonald’s All American Games unveiled its 35 Greatest Players, a list that includes some of the top names in basketball history. Here’s more from our friends at McDonald’s:

Today, the McDonald’s All American Games unveiled its list of 35 of the Greatest McDonald’s All Americans, released in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the McDonald’s All American High School Boys Basketball Game and in an effort to honor all the elite athletes that have participated in the Games over its history.

The 35 of the Greatest McDonald’s All Americans list is comprised of some of the top names in basketball history, and features past and present Olympics, NBA and NCAA stars, including: Earvin “Magic” Johnson (McDonald’s All American class of 1977), Clark Kellogg (1979), Ralph Sampson (1979), Isiah Thomas (1979), Dominique Wilkins (1979), James Worthy (1979), Sam Perkins (1980), Glenn “Doc” Rivers (1980), Patrick Ewing (1981), Michael Jordan (1981), Chris Mullin (1981), Kenny Smith (1983), Danny Manning (1984), Larry Johnson (1987), Christian Laettner (1988), Alonzo Mourning (1988), Bobby Hurley (1989), Shaquille O’Neal (1989), Grant Hill (1990), Glenn Robinson (1991), Jason Kidd (1992), Jerry Stackhouse (1993), Vince Carter (1995), Kevin Garnett (1995), Paul Pierce (1995), Kobe Bryant (1996), Jay Williams (1999), Carmelo Anthony (2002), Amare Stoudemire (2002), LeBron James (2003), Chris Paul (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Tyler Hansbrough (2005), Kevin Durant (2006) and Derrick Rose (2007).

“This list of great McDonald’s All Americans recognizes 35 years of basketball excellence,” said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games. “These players are a veritable ‘who’s who’ of basketball’s modern era.”

Each of the players was selected by members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. In determining the list, all past McDonald’s All Americans were considered based on his high school career and performance in the McDonald’s All American Games, success at the collegiate and professional level, and post-career accomplishments.

“For 35 years, the McDonald’s All American Games have showcased the top high school basketball players nationwide,” said Morgan Wootten, McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. “These 35 players are representative of all the great players that have played in the McDonald’s All American Games over the years.”

Each of the 35 Greatest McDonald’s All Americans will receive a custom-designed basketball, produced by Anaconda Sports® The Rock®, to commemorate this special honor.

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  • Bubba

    How is Jonathan Bender not on this list? Doesn’t he have the record for highest point total in the Mickey D’s game?

  • LAgunero Fan

    Al Jefferson off the top of my head is better than Tyler Hansbrough. I can’t believe he made the list.

  • ENDS

    NO penny

  • http://aol.com The Iron Lung

    The BIG DOG

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    No Shaheen Holloway.

  • OEasy

    no marbury?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No Sian Cotton.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to William Gates.
    Shout out to Lester Earl.
    Cuonzo Martin.
    Duane Cooper.
    Dontonio Wingfield.

  • http://slamonline house

    Shoutout to Penny!

  • thecomputerdude

    I still have the ’91 game on vhs. C Webb & Glenn Robinson put on a show.

  • Niio

    Did Iverson make the it to Micky D’s?

  • Marcel

    No Dajuan Wagner? 100 pOints in a single game and scored 28 in the Mickey d’s game in the 2002 draft? Y’all slippin

  • Marcel

    6th pick in the 2002 draft

  • StackJaxx


  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    Hansborough. Lol. McDonald’s are such trolls.

  • random

    Iverson had that whole case at the time

  • Ronnie

    jr smith??

  • Vince

    Ok, how does Hansborough make it but Sheed doesn’t? There is no way Tyler is better than Sheed.

  • Katbluefan

    Ronnie Flories, You must be a Graduate of the School Stupid. This list is the most unfounded piece of trash that I have ever seen put on the Inter Net. Where did you get your info, off the restroom wall at some Truck Stop. As we can see you must be a TarHeel fan, which explains some of your problems. Go back and get your head out of what you sit on and don’t ever try to do something like this again because it way to far over your feeble mind.

  • haash

    where the hell is Penny Hardaway? #TRAVESTY


    NO CHRIS WEBBER? NO FAB 5?! i’m calling BS!!!

  • Gogs

    Where’s Kenny Anderson, one of the best Hihg school ballers of his generation

  • Pedro Mercado

    Where’s Kenny Anderson the greatest PG in NYC EVER,,,,,,,

  • Sean B

    No Iverson didn’t make it he was in jail.

  • baller23

    Where Penny and Cwebb on this list?

  • Boogieman

    DAMN where is Penny, C-Webb, Grant Hill or Kenny Anderson yall are trippin hard

  • T-Money

    sian cotton was the troof! damn, i’m getting old lol.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance DFrance21

    Even the criteria for the list is stupid. The McDonalds All-American game is for HS players. Why take into account collegiate and professional success? The list should be based on their HS careers and what they did in the actual game. I read the description for Kenny Smith and it said something like “Smith wasn’t even in the 4 guards of his class but blossomed at NC.” How stupid is that!?

  • chris

    maybe im the only one who caught this and did a double take, but kenny smith?!?! as in inside the nba kenny smith? I know he was a top ten pick when he got drafted, but was he that raw in high school and at north carolina?

  • D3

    If you’re going to criticize you need to know the facts. Penny Hardaway did not make the McDonald’s team