The McDonald’s All-American Game refers to each of the all-star basketball games played each year for American and Canadian boys’ and girls’ high-school basketball graduates. Consisting of the top players, each team plays a single exhibition game after the conclusion of the high-school basketball season, in an East vs. West format. As part of the annual event, boys and girls compete in a slam dunk contest, a three-point shooting competition, and an overall timed skills competition. It is rarely common for the girls to compete in the slam dunk contest sans, 2004 champion, Candace Parker. The boys’ game has been contested annually since 1978, and the girls game has been played each year since it was added in 2002.
The McDonald’s All-American designation began in 1977 with the selection of the inaugural team. That year, the All-Americans played in an all-star game against a group of high school stars from the Washington, D.C. area. The following year, the McDonald’s game format of East vs. West was begun with a boys contest. In 2002, with the addition of a girls contest, the current girl-game / boy-game doubleheader format began.(Read more..)