Brandon Knight McDonald’s All-American Diary 4

by March 31, 2010

Brandon Knight

Brandon Knight, one of the top prep guards in the country, hasn’t decided what college he’ll be attending this coming Fall. But he does know where he’ll be playing tonight: in Columbus, playing alongside two dozen of his best peers in the McDonald’s All-American game.

Taking a moment to exhale during this week’s constant activities, BKnight sat down to pen his final diaViewry for us. Here’s this week’s entry.–Tzvi Twersky

I am writing to you from McDonald’s All-American Game Week in Columbus, OH. I first arrived on Saturday, and we have been going non-stop since then! On Sunday we had the opportunity to visit the local Ronald McDonald House and brighten the day of the less fortunate. These families and sick children are going through such tough times, and it was awesome to bring a smile to their faces. That visit has been the best part of Game Week so far, and it’s amazing to know my participation in the 2010 Games will raise funds for the families I met.

Yesterday we made a lot of stops. First up was lunch at McDonald’s where our team had a chance to work behind the counter and serve up some McDonald’s menu items – surprisingly we did pretty well! After that we had a chance to visit the Columbus Zoo which is one of the largest in the country. We all went behind the scenes and got to see a lot of cool animals. I have to say, everywhere we’ve been so far all of the people have been so welcoming. The entire city is glad we are here and proud of our accomplishments.

Last night was the POWERADE Jam Fest. Did you catch it on ESPN2 Monday night? I didn’t participate, but I definitely did a good job watching and cheering on my teammates. It was nice to just relax last night and take it all in, without stressing about competing.

As I look forward to the game, I’m preparing the same way I would for any other game. I know it’s an all-star game, but I still want to win one for the West Team (even though I’m from the East). All the guys on my team are extremely motivating and we push each other – so I’m looking forward to playing together tonight. You can see me live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

That’s all for now. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write these journals for SLAMonline. I enjoyed sharing a little bit of my life as a McDonald’s All-American with you and hope you will continue to follow me as I start the next chapter in my basketball career.

— Brandon Knight