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McDonald’s All-American Week - Live Blog

Posted on 28. Mar, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in High School, Tournaments

We're in Columbus, Ohio all week long bringing you up to the minute coverage of any developments taking place in the week leading up to the McDonald's All-American game.  We'll be at the Ronald McDonald House, the Columbus Zoo, practices, media day, Powerade Jam Fest, and of course the game.  We'll try to get a pulse on when we can expect a decision from the uncommitted seniors.  We'll fill you in on who's dominating who in practice, and we'll let you in on any secrets taking place behind the ropes.  Check back in all week for everything you need to know in the biggest week in high school basketball. 







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Wednesday, March 31 (1:21am)



I promised you guys a better picture of Pat Young's hair cut and I delivered. 








Tuesday, March 30 (10:10am) 

Rumors in the gym are that Knight is Kentucky bound.  Selby WILL announce at half tiime of the Jordan Brand game, and the common thought is that he'll end up at Kansas.  Cory Joseph is the biggest mystery right now.  He hasn't tipped his hat at all, though the majority of people I've talked to seem to feel that Texas is in excellent shape.  

Tuesday, March 30 (9:55am)

Jereme Richmond has great bounce and a high motor.  He's been the garbage man so far in scrimmage.  

Ray Mac playing with great confidence.  After showing his athleticism last night, Ray has demonstrated what he's known for; running a team.  He plays the pic and roll well, gets in the lane, guards with purpose, and is a great communicator.  He's got it all.  

Tuesday, March 30 (9:39am) 

After watching the East yesterday, I'm taking in the West practice today.  Fab Melo has been really impressive so far.  The way he shoots it at his size is absurd.  The big man is in great shape and has had his best showing since the NBA camp.  

Monday, March 29 (10pm)

Pretty good show tonight.  Cory Joseph won the three-point shootout.  My pick, Ray McCallum threw down the two best dunks of the night, but lost out to Josh Selby (who was the favorite).  Keith Appling won the skills competition.  Overall it was a much better show than the NBA guys put on.  

Monday, March 29 (7:44)

Keith Appling wins skills competition.  A lot of people questioned his selection to this game, which was 100% unwarranted.  He's as terrific and clutch as it gets.  Knight, Cory Joseph, and Barnes finalists for three point shootout.  Cory has 20 and is in the lead, but I like Knight in the next round.  

Monday, March 29 (6:49pm)

Reggie Bullock starts the three-point shootout with 15 points.  Harrison Barnes follows with a pedestrian 13.  

Monday, March 29 (2:38pm)

Don't forget to check out the Powerade Jam Fest tonight.  It starts at 7:30pm on ESPN2.  Check out some highlights from past events. 




1. Josh Selby

2. Ray McCallum

3. Perry Jones

4. Joe Jackson

5. Tristan Thompson

6. Patric Young

7. Jereme Richmond


1. Cory Joseph

2. Brandon Knight

3. Harrison Barnes

4. Tobias Harris

5. Doron Lamb

6. Jelan Kendrick

7. Jayvaughn Pinkston

8. Reggie Bullock

Monday, March 29 (2:06pm)


Hands down the best haircut of the week belongs to Providence School's Patric Young, who shaved the #12 into the side of his head (along with some funky patterns).  When I see Patric at Jam Fest later tonight, I'll take just a shot of the new buzz.  Untill then, this is the best pic I've got.  The question everyone in the gym was asking was whether or not it top Brandon Jennings high top from 2 years ago?  My take - Not quite, but a valiant effort none the less. 


Monday, March 29 (10:20am)

Guys are now live scrimmaging 5 on 5.  I'm watching the East right now.  Kyrie Irving has been the most impressive guard thus far.  He's gotten the best out of Kendall Marshall.  Selby has also been impressive.  He's an outstanding slasher and finisher.  Even in this setting where there are so many great defenders who understand rotations and help, he's had no problem getting to the rim.  He's created some highlights too.  Matt (Ball is Life) is pumped about it.  BIg Men Perry Jones and C.J.Leslie are dominant in transition.  These guys are like freight trains on the break.  Get out the way or you're going to get posterized.  

Monday, March 29 (9:51am)

Just met Larry Legend.  He's courtside at practice #2 and I couldn't help going over to talk to him and pick his brain.  Very nice guy with an absurd amount of basketball knowledge.

Perry Jones has stood out in the first 20 minutes of practice.  He's a freak athlete.  He just completed a windmail during drill work, than followed it up with a 360. He's now getting his wrist taped from his altercations with the rim.  Nothing serious at all though.  He's already back on the court and just finished in transition.  

Sunday, March 28 (5:56pm)

First practice is in the books and it was fun to be a part of.  Tristan Thompson was by far the most impressive player in the building.  He looks to be in outstanding shape and seemed to want it more than anyone else.  He attacked the offensive glass, finished at the rim like a man possessed, and showed off an improved handle bringing the ball up the court.   Tobias Harris also stood out during the East scrimmage.  He did a little bit of everything.  The guy handles it and shoots it like a guard, hits the glass like Dennis Rodman, makes mid range jump shots with great consistency, and even showed off an ability to knock down the three.  In three years he may end up as hands down the best player in this class.  He certainly works as hard if not harder than anyone else.  Another guy known as a tireless worker is Harrison Barnes.  He displayed unique focus on Day 1 .  While everyone else was clowning around at the start of practice, Harrison went two courts over to get himself prepared to compete.  Brandon Knight was the most prolific passer in the gym today.  His 3/4 court skip pass to Doron Lamb in transition might have been the highlight of practice one. 


Had the opportunity to chat a little with Ray McCallum.  He was jacked about winning a State Championship with Detroit Country Day last night.  He deserves it.  He told me in July at the Reebok Summer Championship that his main goal of the season was to win a State Championship and make the McDonalds team.  Check both off as milestones accomplished. 

Fab Melo looks to be in terrific shape.  His body looks toned, he got up and down the court much better than in previous times I've seen him, and as always displayed the skill set of a guy meant to be 6-4 not 7 feet. 

Got a chance to see some of my favorite people in the industry today.  Evan Daniels of scout.com was on hand (of course), as was Nils Wagner (Hoopmixtape.com), Erin Simon (Box of Mess), and the entire Ball is Life team represented as well.  

Sunday, March 28 (1:42)

Ronald McDonald House visit was outstanding.  We got a tour of the spectacular 80, 000 sq. foot facility, an inspirational speech from Paul Thompson (Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House charities), an opportunity to meet some of the kids who currently reside there, and the pleasure of hanging with Ronald McDonald himself. 

Kyrie Irving stood out as someone who's terrific at lifting the spirit of the kids.  He read to them, joked with them, and really made the most of his opportunity to give back.  I had the chance to tour the facility with Jared Sullinger (a local of Columbus, Ohio).  He was clearly moved by everything Ronald McDonald house does for people in need.  He also was able to offer an interesting perspective on the community. 

Other notable events included watching Jereme Richmond bake for the kids, a game of horse between Josh Smith, Fab Melo, Josh Selby, Patric Young, and a few more.  There was no clear winner as the game didn't make it to the conclusion, but some good highlights and good laughs were had.

Off to the first practice….I'll post something at the conclusion. 

Sunday, March 28 (2:53am)

About to hit the road from Toronto, Canada to Columbus, Ohio.  Need to be at the Ronald McDonald house by 11 am, hence the extremely early start to my drive.  Picking up my main man, Ryan Miller in Buffalo at 5am.  He'll be taking video for us all week long.  You may know him from such features as, A Day with Dajuan (future McDonald's All-American), his various pieces for ESPNU campus connection, or more likely as the guy who had his tape confiscated by Nike after Jordan Crawford facialized The King.  Not to worry, we're trying to maintain good relationships here at Flagrant Fouls, and thus I've demanded Ryan be on his best behavior. 

In all honesty, Ryan is outstanding at his job and we're extremely lucky to have him with us this week.  We've overachieved, so make sure to tune in.   

Saturday, March 27 (Noon)


This week is all about giving back.  As fans, you can help too.  Don't forget to lace up your sneakers, join a team, and become a part of the Suits and Sneakers Challenge.  Every dollar counts.  For more information on how you can help Coaches vs. Cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.





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2 Responses to “McDonald’s All-American Week - Live Blog”

  1. Red 31. Mar, 2010

    Yeah boy, Selby and Lamb to Kansas baby!!!

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  2. Tariq Sbiet 28. Mar, 2010

    Tristan is lookin’ like a man these days…he has bulked up considerably…good stuff Nolan, keep us updated on that twitter lol

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