Can the McDonald's All American® Games Predict the 2007 NCAA Tournament Champion?
27 of Last 28 NCAA Champions Had McDonald's All American on Roster
OAK BROOK, Ill.
Mar 19, 2007
Bracket enthusiasts use any number of methods to narrow down the field: strongest backcourt, best team free-throw percentage, cutest mascot, etc. But one of the most reliable ways to pick a champion is to go with the teams that have former McDonald's All Americans on their rosters.
At least one former McDonald's All American male player was part of every title between 1979 and 2002 when the University of Maryland snapped the streak. In 2003, the run began again with Syracuse. In all, 76 McDonald's All American alumni have played a role in an NCAA title. This year's pool of 65 teams began with 45 former McDonald's All Americans (out of 57 still active in NCAA basketball).
In 2007, nine of the 16 remaining teams have at least one McDonald's All American their roster, leaving teams like USC, Memphis, Texas A&M, Pitt and others with a statistical outsider's chance. A total of 20 McDonald's All Americans are still contending for a national championship. Below are the players, the year they played in the McDonald's All American Game® and their current schools:
Name Year Played School Corey Brewer 2004 Florida Vernon Macklin 2006 Georgetown Darrell Arthur 2006 Kansas Mario Chalmers 2006 Kansas Sherron Collins 2006 Kansas Julian Wright 2006 Kansas Wayne Ellington 2006 North Carolina Bobby Frasor 2005 North Carolina Danny Green 2005 North Carolina Tyler Hansbrough 2005 North Carolina Tywon Lawson 2006 North Carolina Brandan Wright 2006 North Carolina Daequan Cook 2006 Ohio State Mike Conley Jr. 2006 Ohio State Ivan Harris 2003 Ohio State Greg Oden 2006 Ohio State Aaron Brooks 2003 Oregon Malik Hairston 2004 Oregon Aaron Afflalo 2004 UCLA James Keefe 2006 UCLA
"McDonald's All Americans and March Madness have a long history together," said Tara Hayes, McDonald's U.S. Communications. "It's a history that benefits college basketball fans across the country, year after year. We are proud that the McDonald's All American Games continue to be a solid predictor of leaders and champions, both on and off the court."
The future of the NCAA tournament will be showcased during the McDonald's All American High School Basketball Games on March 28, 2007 just days before the "Final Four." Eight of the 24 boys on the 2007 McDonald's All American Teams will attend a current "Sweet 16" school this fall. Georgetown will bring in two next season. Florida, Memphis, USC, Kansas, UCLA and Ohio State will each add one. North Carolina currently has the most McDonald's All Americans with six.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary for the McDonald's All American Boys Game and the sixth annual Girls Game. The McDonald's All American Boys High School Basketball Game begins at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on ESPN from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. The sixth annual Girls Game will tip off earlier that day at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) and broadcast live on ESPNU.
The purpose of the McDonald's All American Games is to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). A portion of the proceeds from the 2007 Games will go to RMHC of Kentuckiana. To date, the McDonald's All American Games have raised more than $5 million for RMHC and its local Chapters.
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