Mcd 2002: Postgame Notes

<i>IC</i>'s David Thompson provides some notes from the game, as well as some interesting behind-the-scenes bits, from the McDonald's All-American Game.

* The East's dominating performance just an hour before was a non-issue in the postgame party atmosphere. The West was stung by the defeat but grace was abundant from the East players. Any celebration was private as the 24 players, to a man, made no mention of the lopsided game.

* The most heated moment observed during the entire week came at the 3:45 mark of the third period as Amare Stoudamire and DeAngelo Collins got into an exchange. DeAngelo bodied up Amare extremely physical three trips in a row, with Stoudamire trying to go through rather than around Collins in the paint. Neither appreciated the other's efforts.

* It was a high profile event for the three Tar Heels and for the ACC. One New York area reporter good naturedly complained about the overwhelming ACC flavor to this year's event. 36% of the total scoring for both squads (89 of the 245 total points) came from next year's nine ACC-bound All Americans. Raymond had 24 minutes of play in the game, while Rashad and Sean had 23 and 20 minutes, respectively.

* Sean May had a superb game on the boards with twelve rebounds, including eight on the offensive end.

* At different times during the contest, May was matched up against Hassan Adams (guard), Daniel Horton (guard), Brad Buckman and Evan Burns. Sean's defensive ability, agility and foot speed were showcased in a special way during the game as he played out of position at the "3," usually against much smaller and quicker players, including guards.

* From the highlight reel, Raymond Felton's half-court bounce pass to Fraser through traffic at the 10:15 mark of the first period was astounding. Raymond was content to play within the flow of the game all evening.

* You could see it on Rashad McCant's face after Roberson hit three threes in a row in the fourth period—Rashad went right at him the next trip down the floor and drew a foul on his own three point attempt at the 9:37 mark.

McCants and Roberson were laughing and talking after the sequence of three point attempts. Then Roberson heard footsteps on the next play as McCants forced him to miss an easy layup. Rashad's presence is overwhelming when he steps on the court.

* It was a classy move on the part of the players and coaches of both squads to allow Paul Davis to break into the box score for the game with one minute of play and an uncontested layup on an inbounds play. It was an emotional moment for the fans and for the Michigan State-bound young man as he capped off a great high school career ended prematurely with an injury. * The surprising non-factor in the game was Michigan-bound SG Daniel Horton (1-9 FG and two assists in 18 minutes.)

* One of the funniest moments of the week was Jason Fraser's uncontested vicious slam dunk after a missed free throw – at the wrong end of the court. His East teammates gave him major and merciless props in the huddle for his hilarious blunder. To his credit, he took his medicine and came back out on the court after the timeout.

* The postgame party at the "Sega Room" of the Hotel Intercontinental in New York City featured the players, their families and coaches. North Carolina represented well at the bash, with a contingent of UNC fans present at the gracious invitation of the May and McCants families.

* Sean May turned 18 on the day of the game and the postgame party turned into a special celebration for him. There was a surprise cake and a particularly gruesome rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Sean by the whole room—the McDonald's boys team was not chosen in any way for their singing abilities.

* Behind the scenes, yesterday featured a friendly exchange between Torin Francis and Sean May, debating the "best" basketball school. A fan at "Good Morning America" asked the inflammatory question, with May strongly yet gently reminding Torin that one down year doesn't take away the well-earned reputation of Carolina. May is Carolina blue, through and through.

* Rashad McCants' highly recruited sister and star basketball player (Erwin HS, Asheville) will be in Chapel Hill on Saturday, playing in a high school girls' tournament at Carmichael Auditorium.

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