All American Game
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The McDonald's All American High School
Basketball Game, featuring the nation's Top 24 players in an East-West format, was first
played in 1978 at the Spectrum, in Philadelphia.
The 10th annual game was also played in the Spectrum in 1987.
A McDonald's All American Team was picked in 1977, but no game was played. Gene Banks, West Philadelphia, was a member of that first team.
Here are the Philadelphia players who have participated in the game:
1978 -- Reggie Jackson, Roman Catholic, and Clarence "Eggy" Tillman, West Philadelphia. Jackson shot 4-for-14 for nine points and had five assists. Tillman shot 3-for-9 for seven points and had three rebounds.
1979 -- Horace "Pappy" Owens, Murrell Dobbins Tech. Owens shot 9-for-17 for 18 points and had three assists.
1980 -- Lonnie McFarlan, Roman Catholic. McFarlan shot 6-for-13 for 13 points.
1983 -- Dallas Comegys, Roman Catholic. Comegys had six points, 16 rebounds and six blocks.
1985 -- Jerome "Pooh" Richardson, Ben Franklin, and Mark Stevenson, Roman Catholic. Richardson shot 4-for-9 for 10 points and had six assists. Stevenson shot 7-for-16 for 16 points.
1986 -- Barry Bekkedam, Archbishop Carroll. Bekkedam was held scoreless in 8-plus minutes, shooting 0-for-3 from the floor and 0-for-4 at the line. (He contracted mono after scoring 35, 38 and 41 points in the final three regular season games. He missed the playoffs and lost 15 pounds.)
1993 -- Rasheed Wallace, Simon Gratz. Wallace shot 4-for-7 for nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
2000 -- Eddie Griffin, Roman Catholic. Griffin shot 7-for-16 for 19 points (two treys) while adding four rebounds and two blocks.
2006 -- Gerald Henderson and Wayne Ellington, both of Episcopal. Henderson shot 6-for-10 (one trey) and 3-for-4 for 16 points. Ellington shot 3-for-10 total and 2-for-8 on treys for eight points.
2009 -- Maalik Wayns, Roman Catholic. Shot 2-for-6 and 1-for-1 for five points. Also notched seven assists to just one turnover. (He underwent right-knee meniscus surgery and missed nine late-season games before returning for the finale, a first-round, state-playoff loss. This game was played 3 1/2 weeks later.)