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3 Canadians Selected To Play In 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game

Posted on 10. Feb, 2011 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

It's been just more than 10 months since Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph made Canadian history and put youth basketball in our country on the biggest stage.  The two Findlay College Prep superstars were the 4th and 5th Canadians to ever be selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game.  In 1981, Montreal native Bill Wennington attended Long Island Lutheran and became the first Canadian to ever lace em up in the burger game.  In 1986, Barry Bekkedam (Prescott, ON) became the second.  In 2003 Olu Famutimi had a huge year for Northwestern HS in Flint, Michigan and was chosen to participate,  but unfortunately had to sit out due to injury.  

Tonight history was once again made as three Canadians were selected to play in the 2011 McDonald's All-American game.  Khem Birch, Myck Kabongo, and Kyle Wiltjer will take to the hardwood March 30 at the United Center in Chicago, IL to compete vs. the best prospects North America has to offer. 


Here's a closer look at the three Canadians selected to participate !

Khem Birch, Notre Dame Prep (MA) / Broowood Elite - TTC

Khem uses a combination of length, bounce, timing, and desire to make himself one of the best defensive prospects in the land.  While that's the end of the floor that has people drooling over his potential, he also has the ability to run the floor, finish at the rim, and do the dirty work on the offensive glass.  The Montreal native followed up a sensational summer in which he saw his stock soar by anchoring Notre Dame Prep's stingy defense in the difficult NEPSAC league. 


Myck Kabongo, Findlay Collge Prep (NV) / Grassroots Canada

Kabongo entrenched himself as one of the world's elite point guards this summer, winning MVP at the Pangos All-American Camp and the All-Canada Classic.  He was a standout at the NBA Camp, the King City Classic, and basically anything else he participated in.  He also was the leader and go to guy on the Canadian Junior Men's National team that won bronze.  He's been equally outstanding in the high school setting at Findlay Prep, picking up right where Cory Joseph left off.  He has the Pilots in the thick of another National Championship race and was MVP of the Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament a few weeks ago.  Simply put, there was never any doubt he'd be rewarded with this honor. 

Kyle Wiltjer, Jesuit (OR) / Oakland Soldiers

After playing on the Canadian Junior National team last summer and being an instrumental ingredient in picking up a medal, we've basically adopted Kyle as one of our own.  While he wasn't born in Canada, plays high school basketball in Oregon, and can count on one hand the amount of times he's been to Tim Hortons, he's still a citizen and thus has the full support of the Canadian fan base.  He's been a winner at every level, winning a State Championship, the Fab 48 in Vegas as a member of the Oakland Soldiers, and being part of a successful National team experience.  He may not be an elite athlete, but he's become one of the most complete players in North America due to his fundamentals and versatility. 



East Team

Brad Beal, Chaminade College Prep (MO) / St.Louis Eagles

Chane Behanan, Bowling Green (KY) / Ohio Basketball Club

Kentavious Caldwell, Greenville (GA) / Georgia Blazers

Michael Carter-Williams, St.Andrew's (RI) / BABC

Rakeem Christmas, Academy of the New Church (PA) / Team Final

Quinn Cook, Oak Hill Academy (VA) / DC Assault

Michael Gilchrist, St. Patricks (NJ) / Team Final

P.J. Hairston, Hargrave Military Academy (VA) / CP3 All-Stars

James McAdoo, Norfolk Christian (VA) / Boo Williams

Johnny O'Bryant, East Side (MS) / Jackson Tigers

Shannon Scott, Milton (GA) / Southern Kings

Marshall Plumlee, Christ School (NC)


West Team

Khem Birch, Notre Dame Prep (MA) / Brookwood Elite - TTC

Marquis Teague, Pike (IN) / Spiece

Myck Kabongo, Findlay College Prep (NV) / Grassroots Canada

Austin Rivers, Winter Park (FL) / E1T1

Wayne Blackshear, Morgan Park (IL) / Mac Irvin Fire

Anthony Davis, Perspectives Charter (IL) / Meanstreets

Branden Dawson, Lew Wallace (IN) SYF Players

LeBryan Nash, Lincoln (TX) / Dallas Mustangs

Adonis Thomas, Melrose (TN) / Memphis Magic

Amir Williams, Detroit Country Day (MI) / The Family

Kyle Wiltjer, Jesuit (OR) / Oakland Soldiers

Cody Zeller, Washington (IN) / Indiana Elite


**** Profiles supplied by Scout.com











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