Super Sized Class Ready for Game

In the final hours before tipoff of the 28th annual McDonald's All-American game, the Kansas trio of Mario Chalmers, Julian Wright and Micah Downs sat down with KLWN's Brian Hanni and Jud Easterday.

The entire conversation can be heard tonite on "Rock Chalk Sports Talk" aired locally in Lawrence on 1320 AM and streamed online on Phog.net. Here are a few highlights from the conversation:

Mario Chalmers on the biggest highlight of the week:

"The highlight of the week for me was going to the Ronald McDonald House and visiting the kids because we do this for the kids and we just show that if they work hard one day they can be a McDonald's All-American like we were."

Mario's message to Kansas fans:

"Just be on your seat at all times. Something exciting is going to happen every time we're on the court. Just look for that."

Micah Downs on the competition this week:

"It's been fun. I'm a little bit sore just because the competition is higher than back home, but I've had a great time. The atmosphere is great with all these great players. You're right there with all those guys and everybody is at the same ability. It's just been a blast."

Micah's message to Kansas fans:

"Just be ready for a show. Me, Julian and Mario are going to put on a show and represent Kansas the best we can."

Julian Wright on not expecting to be nervous tonite, but rather a little overly excited:

"I'm usually too amped. I just have to calm down rather than be nervous. I come from a big media market in Chicago and have played in front of 14,000 fans before, TV is no big deal. Also, since I don't have any motives or agendas and I just want to have fun that makes it even better."

Julian Wright on the highlight of the week:

"To kickoff the fesitivities we went to the Ronald McDonald House. That was a good experience for me, just to stay, remain humble and grateful for the things I'm able to do and also to fellowship with the kids and make them feel special on Easter."

Julian Wright's message to Kansas fans:

"Like Micah just stated, we're going to always put on show. We're going to basically stay committed to what coach is doing and not get out of it. With you alls help as well we can make it a great success."

Gametime is set for 7 PM at the Joyce Center on Notre Dame's campus. All the proceeds of tonite's game will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Bend and Fort Wayne, IN.


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