McDonald's All-American Game Preview

<i>Inside Carolina</i> previews the five days of events in New York City, which begin Sunday and end with the All-American Game on Thursday night. Check out all the preliminary info, as well as some insider details.

The Game:
The 2002 McDonald's All-American Game will be played on Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Garden (New York City) and will be televised by ESPN.

The Players:
The selection committee chose 24 players for the event. Three Tar Heel signees were selected to the East squad: Raymond Felton, Sean May and Rashad McCants. The full rosters follow ...


Player Ht Wt Pos High School
Carmelo Anthony 6-7 210 SF Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, VA)
Raymond Felton 6-2 190 PG Latta (Latta, SC)
Torin Francis 6-10 225 C Tabor Academy (Marion, MA)
Jason Fraser 6-10 215 PF Amityville (Amityville, NY)
Travis Garrison 6-8 235 PF DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD)
Elijah Ingram 6-0 160 PG St. Anthony (Jersey City, NJ)
Sean May 6-8 250 PF Bloomington North (Bloomington, IN)
Rashad McCants 6-3 195 SG New Hampton (New Hampton, NH)
Shavlik Randolph 6-10 215 PF Broughton (Raleigh, NC)
J.J. Redick 6-4 195 SG Cave Spring (Roanoke, VA)
Amare Stoudemire 6-10 245 C Cypress Creek (Orlando, FL)
Eric Williams 6-9 285 C Rolesville (Wake Forest, NC)
Head Coach: Bob Farrell (Seton Hall Prep/West Orange, NJ)
Assistant Coach: T.J. Whitaker, (Seton Hall Prep/West Orange, NJ) 
Assistant Coach: Gary Forrest (Oldham County/Buckner, KY)


Player Ht Wt Pos High School
Hassan Adams 6-4 185 SG Westchester (Los Angeles, CA)
Chris Bosh 6-10 205 PF Lincoln (Dallas, TX)
Dee Brown 6-0 185 PG Proviso East (Maywood, IL)
Brad Buckman 6-9 230 PF Westlake (Austin, TX)
Evan Burns 6-8 220 SF Fairfax (Los Angeles, CA)
DeAngelo Collins 6-10 225 PF Inglewood (Inglewood, CA)
Paul Davis 6-11 250 C Rochester (Rochester Hills, MI)
Sean Dockery 6-3 190 PG Julian (Chicago, IL)
Daniel Horton 6-3 190 SG Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, TX)
Anthony Roberson 6-3 185 PG Saginaw High (Saginaw, MI)
Michael Thompson 6-11 255 C Providence (New Lenox, IL)
Bracey Wright 6-3 185 SG The Colony (The Colony, TX)
Head Coach: Gary McKnight (Mater Dei/Santa Ana, CA)
Assistant Coach: Dave Walsh (Mater Dei/Santa Ana, CA) 
Assistant Coach: Ron Hecklinski (Anderson/Anderson, IN)

Get To Know Your Rival:
Debbie May, Sean's mother, informed IC that when the team arrived on Saturday evening, they learned of some interesting roommate pairings at the hotel ...

Sean May -- Shavlik Randolph
Rashad McCants -- JJ Redick
Ray Felton -- Jason Fraser

Randolph and Redick will both attend Duke this fall. According to Debbie, Sean called home upon learning of his roommate and asked, "Mom, WHAT are we going to talk about?!"

The Schedule:
The high school stars will be in New York City for five days, filled with a busy slate of activities. Here's an overview of what they'll be up to ...

Sunday - A noon visit to the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan. The players will deliver special Easter baskets to all the children at the House. "This is the most meaningful experience for the players every year as it gives them a perspective of what the Game is all about," says a press release. Shortly thereafter, the teams head to the Basketball City facility for their first organized practice.

Monday - A morning practice is followed by a trip to the Harlem neighborhood, including a guided tour of the Apollo Theatre. From 4-6 p.m., the Slam Jam (Slam Dunk and 3-point Competition) will be held at Christ the King High School in Middle Village. In the evening, the teams will gather for the Sega Challenge, a sponsored video game tournament of virtual hoops. And, the evening will conclude by watching Maryland vs. Indiana in the NCAA championship game.

Tuesday - A national television audience will get a first look at 12 of the players on CBS' morning news show. And, one player will be chosen to appear on the "Rosie O'Donnell Show" which airs that afternoon. The teams will have a morning practice session and then a visit to the USS Intrepid and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. There, they'll hear a motivational speech from retired Lt. General Martin Steele and receive a guided tour of the entire museum/former aircraft carrier -- and will get to shoot hoops on the flight deck. After two hours of afternoon practice, the players will go to McDonald's in Times Square to watch the ESPN broadcast of the Slam Jam from the previous night -- which will also be shown on the Jumbo Tron in Times Square.

Wednesday - Morning practice spills over into Media Day, where the Player of the Year award will be presented (to Torin Francis). In the evening, a five-hour banquet includes a tribute to John Wooden and a performance by Lauryn Hill.

Thursday - The team will shootaround at Madison Square Garden in the morning for two hours and will return in the evening for the game.

Don't Forget About the Girls:
This year will include the inaugural Girls All-American Game, which will be played Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at MSG. ESPN2 will air a tape of the game the following Monday at 2 p.m. The Tar Heels will be represented in this game as well, as signee LaTangela Atkinson (Lee Central, Bishopville, SC) is on the East squad.

IC Will Be There:
Inside Carolina is in New York City this week and will have in-depth daily coverage.

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