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March 24, 2005

McDonald's game features top talent

Twenty-four of the nation's top high school basketball players will arrive in South Bend, Ind., during Easter weekend to begin three days of practice before playing in the 28th annual McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday March 30 at the Joyce Center on Notre Dame University's campus. The game will be televised live on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

Rivals.com will be in South Bend, Ind., to cover all the practices leading up to the game. Stay tuned to Rivalshoops to bring you complete coverage of this and other events.

Rosters for the East and West team are as follows:

EAST TEAM

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. High School, State (Original Hometown) College
32 Korvotney Barber PF 6-9 230 Manchester High School, GA (Manchester, GA) Auburn
52 Eric Boateng C 6-10 240 St. Andrew's School, DE (London, England) Duke
33 Andrew Bynum C 7-0 300 St. Joseph High School, NJ (Plainsboro, NJ) Connecticut
34 Brandon Costner PF 6-9 230 Seton Hall Preparatory School, NJ (Montclair, NJ) NC State
22 Eric Devendorf PG 6-4 175 Oak Hill Academy, VA (Bay City, MI) Syracuse
14 Danny Green SG 6-6 205 St. Mary's High School, NY (North Babylon, NY) North Carolina
25 Gerald Green SF 6-8 200 Gulf Shores Academy, TX (Houston, TX) Oklahoma St.
35 Richard Hendrix PF 6-9 255 Athens High School, AL (Athens, AL) Alabama
44 Josh McRoberts PF 6-10 235 Carmel High School, IN (Carmel, IN) Duke
50 Tasmin Mitchell SF 6-8 235 Denham Springs High School, LA (Den. Springs, LA) LSU
20 Greg Paulus PG 6-2 185 Christian Brothers Academy, NY (Manlius, NY) Duke
24 Louis Williams SG 6-3 185 South Gwinnett High School, GA (Snellville, GA) Georgia

Head Coach Jack Keefer, Lawrence North High School (Indianapolis, IN)
Assistant Coach Ralph Scott, Lawrence North High School (Indianapolis, IN)

WEST TEAM

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. High School, State (Original Hometown) College
40 Jon Brockman PF 6-8 245 Snohomish High School, WA (Snohomish, WA) Washington
15 Mario Chalmers PG 6-2 180 Bartlett High School, AK (Anchorage, AK) Kansas
22 Micah Downs SF 6-8 192 Juanita High School, WA (Bothell, WA) Kansas
00 Byron Eaton PG 5-11 200 Dallas Lincoln High School, TX (Dallas, TX) Oklahoma St.
11 Monta Ellis SG 6-4 189 Lanier High School, MS (Jackson, MS) Miss. St.
42 Bobby Frasor SG 6-3 190 Brother Rice High School, IL (Blue Island, IL) North Carolina
50 Tyler Hansbrough PF 6-9 250 Poplar Bluff High School, MO (Poplar Bluff, MO) North Carolina
12 Amir Johnson C 6-9 215 Westchester High School, CA (Westchester, CA) Louisville
34 Calvin Miles SG 6-6 207 Skyline High School, TX (Dallas, TX) Texas
32 Martell Webster SG 6-7 235 Seattle Preparatory School, WA (Edmond, WA) Washington
30 Julian Wright SF 6-9 215 Homewood-Flossmoor High School, IL (Chi. Hgts, IL) Kansas
18 Luke Zeller PF 6-11 245 Washington High School, IN (Washington, IN) Notre Dame

Head Coach Al Rhodes, Logansport High School (Logansport, IN)
Assistant Coach Pete Smith, Guerin Catholic High School (Noblesville, IN)

A breakdown by Conferences has the ACC leading with seven signees participating in the game, including three from North Carolina and three from Duke. Next is the Big 12 with six participants, three of which are headed to Kansas. Five players have signed with SEC schools, four with Big East schools and two Washington signees represent the Pac 10.

The East squad is heavy with big men, including Korvotney Barber, Eric Boateng, Andrew Bynum, Brandon Costner, Richard Hendrix, Josh McRoberts and Tasmin Mitchell. Greg Paulus is the only true point guard on the squad, but he will receive ball handling help from combo guards Louis Williams and Eric Devendorf. Rivals.com's No. 1 player, Gerald Green, and Danny Green will provide scoring from the wing for the East squad.

Not as stocked with big men, the West squad is heavy with wing players who can both score and handle the ball including Micah Downs, Monta Ellis, Bobby Frasor, Calvin Miles, Martell Webster and Julian Wright. The West also has two primary ball handlers in Mario Chalmers and Byron Eaton. Playing down low for the West will be Jon Brockman, Tyler hansbrough, Amir Johnson and Luke Zeller.

Stay tuned to Rivals.com as practice updates and notebooks from the event will be forthcoming beginning on Sunday.


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