2004 McDonald's All-American Team

The secret is out. On ESPN Thursday the team was announced to a national audience. It was an easy year to pick the team given the talent in the Class of 2004.

The selection committee for the McDonald's All-American game did a nice job this year. There's always room for debate, but for the most part I find it hard to nitpick at the selection. A strong case can be made for Tello Palacios and some others.

Regardless, it's an excellent field and the very best high school stars are represented.

2004 McDonald's All-American Team (EAST)
1SF Corey Brewer6-7/170(Portland HS) Portland, TN
top defensive wing in the class; put up outstanding sr. year numbers
2SF Rudy Gay6-8/215(Archbishop Spalding) Severn, MD
gradually blossoming into a big force; sky is the limit for him
3C Dwight Howard6-11/225(SW Atlanta Christian) Atlanta, GA
undisputed top player in this class; one of the best in recent years
4PF Al Jefferson6-9/265(Prentiss HS) Prentiss, MS
"Big Al" is big time; monster season with ridiculous scoring totals
5C Randolph Morris6-11/270(Landmark Christian) Fairburn, GA
like Gay, he's coming into his own; shown flashes of greatness
6PG Rajon Rondo6-1/155(Oak Hill Academy) Mouth of Wilson, VA
no one worked harder during the year to make this team; late steal
7SG J.R. Smith6-5/210(St. Benedict Prep) Newark, NJ
skywalking athlete will factor into the dunk contest; rythym shooter
8SF Josh Smith6-8/195(Oak Hill Academy) Mouth of Wilson, VA
blessed with boat loads of ridiculous athleticism; loves to run the floor
9PG Sebastian Telfair5-11/170(Lincoln HS) Brooklyn, NY
child prodidy finally reaches the high point of his prep career
10PG Darius Washington5-11/160(Edgewater HS) Orlando, FL
might be the hardest of the high school guards to defend man-to-man
11PF D.J. White6-8/225(Hillcrest HS) Tuscaloosa, AL
works hard, loves to get it done inside and can step & hit mid-range J
12PF Mike Williams6-7/215(Wilcox Central HS) Camden, AL
a terrific athlete at the four spot blessed with bounce and a live body

2004 McDonald's All-American Team (WEST)
1SG Arron Afflalo6-4/180(Centennial HS) Compton, CA
outstanding senior year boosted stock enough to warrant selection
2PF Lamarcus Aldridge6-10/210(Seagoville HS) Seagoville, TX
injured for a good part of the year but he punched his ticket long ago
3SG Joe Crawford6-4/205(Renaissance HS) Detroit, MI
candidate for best two guard in the nation; tough, scores and wins
4C Glen Davis6-8/325(LSU Laboratory) Baton Rouge, LA
have to admire the decision to give up FB; will he dance at the game?
5PG Jordan Farmar6-0/160(William Taft HS) Woodland Hills, CA
steady & heady, he had a great summer and terrific senior year
6PG Daniel Gibson6-3/180(Jones HS) Houston, TX
finally Texas has a body to replace Ford with; Jones can really score
7SF Malik Hairston6-6/185(Renaissance HS) Detroit, MI
youngest player on the team; watch him develop into a big, big timer
8PG Shawn Livingston6-7/178(Peoria HS) Peoria, IL
the quiet assasin hands out flashy assists with regularity
9SG Jawann McClellan6-5/185(Milby HS) Houston, TX
strong season propels him into the game; finds ways to score big
10SG Demarcus Nelson6-4/212(Sheldon HS) Sacramento, CA
very strong off the drive; has put up huge numbers for years
11C Robert Swift6-11/210(Bakersfield HS) Bakersfield, CA
strong AAU season propelled him to lofty status; made big strides
12PF Marvin Williams6-8.5/222(Bremerton HS) Bremerton, WA
could wind up being the highest-rated H.S. player to attend college

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