McD: David & Travis Wear Spotlight

CORAL GABLES, Fla. --- When David and Travis Wear started playing basketball, they had two dreams. One was to play big-time college ball together, the other was to become McDonald's All-Americans. With an invite to Wednesday's game and UNC enrollment less than three months away, they have achieved both.

They arrived in Miami (Fla.) for the McDonald's festivities on Saturday and since their arrival they've enjoyed their time on and off the court. Three days in, the two were still pumped up about being apart of the McDonald's All-American experience.

"It's a great honor," David said. "I always dreamed about being a McDonald's All-American. Growing up as a kid, I always wanted to be in the game. This is like the highlight of every high school basketball player's career, being a McDonald's All-American. To be able to say I'm a McDonald's All-American is a great honor."

"It's a great honor to be nominated for the McDonald's game and to be out here competing with all of these guys," Travis added. "We've been out here scrimmaging and it's been fun. We run up and down and run and gun, it's pretty fun."

As cool as the experience has been, what makes it more special is the fact that the two brothers, who are both committed to North Carolina, get to go through it together.

"It's cool having someone here that you've grown up with and played with your entire life," Travis said. "We've been working hard to get to this point and it's cool to both get nominated for this McDonald's All-American game."

"Not only did we get to commit to the same school, which was a dream of ours, but we got to play in the McDonald's game together, too," David said. "That's what we both dreamed about growing up. Here we are together. We are grateful to be here and it's very moving to think that this is our last high school game."

To get to this point the twins have put in a lot of hard work. Standouts at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, they played on a team that was ranked No. 1 in the country for 15 weeks this year and each stepped up their play.

The two averaged similar numbers during their senior seasons. David went for 16.2 points and 7.4 rebounds, while Travis went for 15 points and 6.4 rebounds.

But to go with all their work during the high school season, they've spent plenty of time playing one-on-one and pick up ball, that has helped them get to where they are.

"We still have battles out in the street playing one on one," David said. "It's pretty evenly matched. We fight a lot and we argue a lot, but it's a lot of fun."

"We haven't really gone at it lately, because we don't want to get injured for college," Travis said. "But when we were younger and we didn't have anything to lose we would fight all the time and there would be people that ended up on the asphalt."

As far as the experience, the Wear twins have been soaking in the atmosphere, and have spent a considerable amount of time with their future teammates.

"It's fun," Travis said. "Dexter is on the East team so me, Dave and John are going to go at them. But it's fun because these are the guys I'm going to be playing with in college next year and to all be in this game is fun."

"I know John and Dexter pretty well because I've gone back to North Carolina and hung out with them at ‘Late Nite With Roy' and just to be here and hang out and talk some more is cool," David said.

"We are pretty close," David continued. "We are going to be playing there soon and be on the same team and we were watching North Carolina in the [Elite Eight against Oklahoma] and we were talking about how that could be us next year.

David and Travis didn't participate in any of the contests at the Jam Fest on Monday, but they are excited and ready for the game Wednesday evening.

"I hope the West wins, Travis said. "There are going to be a lot of dunks, a lot of highlights and a lot of fast breaks. The crowd should have a lot of fun watching this game."

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