Two McDonald's All-Americans a milestone for Cats

Last week the 2003 McDonald's All-American teams were announced and both Ndudi Ebi and Mustafa Shakur made the cut. The future Arizona teammates, however, will battle against each other in this contest.

This year's Mickey D game has a great deal of exciting Arizona connections. With Shakur running the point for the East, and Ebi working the forward spot for the West, Arizona fans cannot lose in this game. Either team winning is a "w" for a future ‘Cat. Teaming up with Ebi on the West team are Brian Butch (Wisconsin) and David Padgett (Kansas). Both Butch and Padgett were heavily recruited by Arizona, but chose to go elsewhere.

Another exciting aspect of this McDonald's All-American game is the presence of LeBron James. James, a fixture on television, will make another nationally televised appearance. James will team with Mustafa Shakur on the East team. With James in the game, this should be one of the most watched, and most hyped, McDonald's All-American games in history.

Last year's McDonald's game had only one Arizona bound player, Hassan Adams. This year, with the ‘Cats landing arguably the top recruiting class in the nation, two players have made the cut. Mike Bibby, Sean Elliott, Jason Gardner, Richard Jefferson, Chris Mills, Khalid Reeves, and Brian Williams all played in the McDonald's All-American before coming to Arizona.

Never before have the Wildcats had two players star in the McDonald's All-American game at once.

Shakur and Ebi were also finalists for the High School Naismith Award for high school player of the year.

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