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2013 McDonald's All American Game®

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A Basketball Rite of Passage

The United Center was alive with buzz for the McDonald’s 2013 All American Game, when the nation’s top high school students competed to show off their skills in an exciting game. Being chosen to play in the McDonald's All American Game game is a huge accomplishment, and puts high school athletes in the spotlight for the entire country, leaving them in the ranks with basketball legends LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Maya Moore and Candice Parker.

The United Center was filled to the brim with excited fans and spectators. There was a lively assortment of entertainment, including a traditional Irish clogging group, a lively group of break dancers and a special halftime performance from former Disney Channel star, 16-year-old Trevor Jackson.

The night began with the Girls' game, with the West beating the East 92-64. All eyes were on the three legacy players who took to the court - Diamond DeShields, Lexie Brown and Kaela Davis - whose fathers were all pro athletes. But is was Mercedes Russell who stole the attention by posting a do¬uble-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, and was named Most Outstanding Player of the evening.

After a short break that included a star studded McDonald's award ceremony and entertainment, the Boys basketball teams took to the court to show off their skills and to represent their coast. The West ended up triumphant, beating the East by the final score of 110-99. Jabari Parker, who led the West, and Andrew Wiggins, who led the East, were clear crowd favorites, and they did not disappoint, with amazing dunks, assists and rebounds. Aaron Gordon led the West with 24 points, eighteen of those coming on nine dunks, earning him the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

The 2013 McDonald's All American Game was an amazing experience, and I’m happy that I got to see history in the making for all of these talented athletes.

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