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McDonald's game tips on Wednesday

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Posted: Monday March 27, 2000 05:11 PM

  Gerald Wallace Crimson Tide signee Gerald Wallace looks to dazzle the crowd at the McDonald's All-American game. adidas

BOSTON (CNNSI.com) -- The alumni read like a future basketball Hall of Fame ballot: Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill. But it's not a certain school. Heck, we're not even talking colleges.

They are some of the former stars of the McDonald's All-American high school all-star game. The 2000 version takes place Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET at the Fleet Center. Among those participating:

  • Gerald Wallace. The future Alabama Crimson Tide small forward busted out of obscurity last summer to become the top member of the class of 2000 averaged 29 points, 15.4 rebounds, and a 60 percent field-goal percentage this year.

  • Eddie Griffin. The Tim Duncan clone from Philadelphia, Griffin is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, players in the country. Bound for Seton Hall next year, Griffin averaged 27 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game.

  • Jared Jeffries. The Bloomington, Ind., native made a lot of natives happy last fall when he committed to the hometown Hoosiers. He averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and 3.1 blocks per game this year.

    For the rest of the game rosters and college choices, click here.

    Current college stars who have played in the game include Shane Battier (Duke), Mateen Cleeves (Michigan State), Khalid El-Amin (UConn), Jason Gardner (Arizona), and Casey Jacobsen (Stanford).

    At last year's game, current Indiana Pacer Jonathan Bender broke the game's scoring record with 31 points, breaking the mark of 30 set by Jordan himself in 1981. Other memorable past performances were turned in by Boston Celtic Paul Pierce, Sacramento King Chris Webber and Detroit Piston Jerry Stackhouse.

    CNNSI.com's Albert Lin is in Boston and will file updates on the future stars of college basketball on the eve of their big game.


     
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