• Chicago to Host 35th McDonald's All-American Games

    CHICAGO - For the second straight year, the city of Chicago will host the McDonald's boys and girls All-American basketball games at the United Center. It will be the 35th year of showcasing the boys and the 11th year of hosting the girls.

    This year's cream of the crop will be the future NBA and WNBA players. A total of 24 boys and girls, evenly divided into East and West rosters, will put on a show for the fans in the Windy City.

    There have been many past players who went on to great college and pro careers. The pro scouts will also be on hand to assess the talent, but because of the NBA new eligibility rule of high schoolers waiting a year after high school to enter the draft, don't be surprised if some of the guys on the roster will play at least one year before throwing their name into the hat for the draft.

    Here are brief summaries of the players from the boys and girls rosters this year:

    Boys East Team:

    Kyle Anderson, 6-8, 225, St. Anthony, NJ, UCLA, 17.3 ppg. Member of 2011 National High School Championship team.

    Dajuan Coleman, 6-10, 285, Jamesville-DeWitt, NY, Syracuse, 20.1 ppg. Makes a living with his power dribble drop-step.

    Kris Dunn, 6-3, 180, New London, CT, Providence, 34 ppg. Playing style is like Rajon Rondo.

    Perry Ellis, 6-8, 220, Wicthita Heights, KS, Kansas, 25.6 ppg. High school team won 56 games in a row.

    William Goodwin, 6-8, 250, Southwest DeKalb, GA, Memphis, 22 ppg. Can play inside or outside.

    Gary Harris, 6-4, 195, Hamilton Southeast, IN, Michigan State, 25 ppg. Four-year honor student.

    Amile Jefferson, 6-9, 205, Friends Central, PA, Undecided, 21 ppg. Mentor students at his high school.

    Tyler Lewis, 5-11, 165, Oak Hill Academy, NC State, 14 ppg. Attacks the basket with a vengeance.

    Tony Parker, 6-9, 280, Miller Grove, GA, Undecided, 18 ppg. Loves to write poetry.

    Alex Poythress, 6-8, 225, Northeast, TN, Kentucky, 30.3 ppg. Has a 3.95 GPA.

    Rodney Purvis, 6-3, 192, Upper Room, NC, NC State, 26 ppg. Spends time at nursing homes and food banks.

    T.J. Warren, 6-7, 205, Brewster Academy, NH, NC State, 22 ppg. Reporter for his high school paper.

    Boys West Team:

    Brandon Ashley, 6-9, 215, Findlay Prep, NV, 16 ppg, Arizona. Favorite role model is his mother, who's a single parent.

    Isaiah Austin, 7-0, Grace Prep, TX, Baylor, 19.7 ppg. Handles ball like a guard. He's nicknamed "Zeke."

    Anthony Bennett, 6-7, 230, Findlay Prep, NV, Undecided, 16 ppg. Started playing basketball at 13 years old.

    Kevin Ferrell, 5-11, 160, Park Tudor, IN, Indiana, 17.8 ppg. Finest moment was winning the 2011 Indiana State Championship.

    Archie Goodwin, 6-5, 195, Sylvan Hills, AR, Kentucky, 28 ppg. Was Arkansas' Mr. Basketball in 2011.

    Grant Jerrett, 6-9, 220, Lutheran, CA, Arizona, 24 ppg. History buff.

    Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, 215, Bishop Gorman, NV, Undecided, 30 ppg. Mother and father were college athletes.

    Marcus Paige, 6-1, 165, Linn-Mar, IA, North Carolina, 28.1 ppg. Very smart. Favorite subject is English.

    Devonta Pollard, 6-7, 200, Kemper, Co., MS. 25.5 ppg. Loves playing the drums.

    Cameron Ridley, 6-10, 260, George Bush, TX, 21.4 ppg, Texas. Finishes strong above the rim.

    Marcus Smart, 6-4, 200, Marcus, TX, Oklahoma State, 13.8 ppg. Led high school team to Texas 5A title last year.

    Rasheed Sulaimon, 6-4, 185, Strake Jesuit, Duke, 27.5 ppg. Honor roll student.

    Girls East Team:

    Brianna Butler, 5-11, Nazareth Regional, NY, Syracuse, 22.5 ppg. Compares her style of play to Kevin Durant.

    Kahleah Copper, 6-1, Prep Charter, PA, Rutgers, 20.4 ppg. Member of National Honor Society.

    Bashaara Graves, 6-2, Clarksville, TN, Tennessee, 20.4 ppg, Earned two gold medals on the U-16 and U-17 USA Basketball teams.

    Bria Holmes, 6-1, Hamden, CT, West Virginia, 28 ppg. Member of three straight state championships.

    Malina Howard, 6-3, Twinsburg, OH, Maryland, 16.3 ppg. Won gold medals as a member of USA Basketball U-18 and U-19 teams.

    Niya Johnson, 5-7, Yonge, FL, Baylor, 26 ppg. Compares her play to Chris Paul.

    Michaela Mabrey, 5-9, Manasquan, NJ, Notre Dame, 17.6 ppg. Reached the 1,000 point mark in junior year.

    Sierra Moore, 5-11, Delone Catholic, PA, Duke, 22.8 ppg. Serves as a youth basketball volunteer.

    Alexis Prince, 6-2, Edgewater, FL, Baylor, 19.5 ppg. Will take advantage of smaller defenders.

    Breanna Stewart, 6-3, Cicero-Syracuse, Connecticut, 24.2 ppg. Strong defensive presence on court.

    Brittney Sykes, 5-9, University, NJ, Syracuse, 22 ppg. Has a quick first step.

    Janee Thompson, 5-7, Whitney Young, IL, Kentucky, 18.5 ppg. She can play the guitar.

    Girls West Team:

    Jordan Adams, 6-1, Mater Dei, CA, USC, 13.3 ppg. Nicknamed "J-Rock."

    Candice Agee, 6-6, Silverado, CA, Penn State, 18 ppg. Also played volleyball in addition to basketball.

    Katie Collier, 6-3, Seattle Christian, WA, Washington, 14.1 ppg. Took over high school games in the fourth quarter.

    Nirra Fields, 5-9, Mater Dei, CA, UCLA, 22.3 ppg. Has been compared to Cappie Pondexter.

    Moriah Jefferson, 5-7, Dallas, TX, Connecticut, 22 ppg. Enjoys drawing.

    Alexis Jones, 5-8, MacArthur, TX, Duke, 24 ppg. Also runs track for her high school.

    Jordan Jones, 5-6, DeSoto, TX, Texas A&M, 14.4 ppg. Shoots consistently from the perimeter.

    Jewell Loyd, 5-9, Niles West, IL, Notre Dame, 27 ppg. One of Chicago area girls to play in the 2012 Games.

    Xyline McDaniel, 6-2, Spring Valley, SC, North Carolina, 16.8 ppg. Daughter of former NBA player, Xavier McDaniel.

    Imani Stafford, 6-7, Windward, CA, Texas, 9.2 ppg. Averaged 10.5 rebounds a game in high school.

    Morgan Tuck, 6-2, Bolingbrook, IL, Connecticut, 30.8 ppg. Still scored lots of points despite being double-teamed.

    Courtney Williams, 6-1, North Shore, TX, Texas A&M, 17 ppg. Creates shots for herself and her teammates.

    I will have a recap of both the boys and girls all-star games from Chicago this Wednesday, including post game comments.