35 years ago, a group of my friends from high school and I decided to check out a new prep All-Star game at the old Capital Centre. You may remember the "Cap Centre" where the Bullets and Caps used to play in the Maryland suburbs of DC. The year was 1977, and the game was the first McDonald's All-American game. The game drew the top talent in the land from the very start. Back in the early years, the "National" team would play against a "DC Metro" all-star team. With its debut in the Washington DC area, it was originally known as the McDonald's Capital Classic. A giant guard heading to Michigan State played in that first classic, his name was Earvin Johnson.
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|Kyle Anderson||St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)||SF||UCLA|
|DaJuan Coleman||Jamesville-Dewitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)||C||Syracuse|
|Kris Dunn||New London (New London, Conn.)||PG||Providence|
|Perry Ellis||Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.)||PF||Kansas|
|Shaq Goodwin||Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, Ga.)||PF||Memphis|
|Gary Harris||Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)||SG||Michigan State|
|Amile Jefferson||Friends' Central (Wynnewood, Pa.)||PF|
|Tyler Lewis||Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||PG||N.C. State|
|Tony Parker||Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)||PF|
|Alex Poythress||Northeast (Clarksville, Tenn.)||SF||Kentucky|
|Rodney Purvis||Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)||SG||N.C. State|
|T.J. Warren||Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)||SF||N.C. State|
|Brandon Ashley||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||PF||Arizona|
|Isaiah Austin||Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas)||C||Baylor|
|Anthony Bennett||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||PF|
|Yogi Ferrell||Park Tudor (Indianapolis)||PG||Indiana|
|Archie Goodwin||Sylvan Hills (Sherwood, Ark.)||SG||Kentucky|
|Grant Jerrett||La Verne Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.)||PF||Arizona|
|Shabazz Muhammad||Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)||SF|
|Marcus Paige||Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa)||PG||North Carolina|
|Devonta Pollard||Kemper County (De Kalb, Miss.)||PF|
|Cameron Ridley||Bush (Fort Bend, Texas)||C||Texas|
|Marcus Smart||Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)||SG||Oklahoma State|
|Rasheed Sulaimon||Strake Jesuit (Houston)||SG||Duke|
The McDonald's All-American game tips off at 930pm, Wednesday March 28th on ESPN from Chicago's United Center.
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Tom Blaz is a writer for Wager Alarm and co-owner of The Recruiting Eagle a website focusing on Auburn University Athletics.
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