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McDonalds All-American Games bring high-flying hoops fun to Toyota Center for the first time ever

McDonalds All-American Games bring high-flying fun to Toyota Center

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Long before he was The Beards, James Harden dominated the McDonald's All-American Games. Photo courtesy of ABC13

Much like catching a cool band in a tiny club before they go all national and famous, the McDonald’s All-American Games is a chance to see high school basketball stars from around the country showcase their skills before they eventually become household names. (A quick Google of “LeBron James McDonald’s 2003” will reveal the king in all his young, high-flying glory.)

Now, local hoops fans who love the game in its purest form can catch the next generation of rising stars when the All American Games hit Houston for the first time ever. The youngsters will bring their talents to H-Town on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Toyota Center.

Since the Games’ inception, Texas has been home to 62 McDonald’s All American Boys and 60 McDonald’s All American Girls players, including Rashard Lewis (1998), Gerald Green (2005), Justise Winslow (2014), Nneka Ogwumike (2008), Brittney Griner (2009), Myles Turner (2014), and Ariel Atkins (2014). Houston, alone, has been home to 21 McDonald’s All Americans.

The games’ players have represented some of the greatest NBA, WNBA and college stars, including Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Maya Moore, and Candace Parker. This is the 43rd year of the annual Boys Game and the 19th year of the Girls Game.

Houstonians will recognize another superstar who made a name for himself at the games: James Harden. “The 2007 McDonald’s All American Games were one of the coolest experiences of my life,” said Harden, in a statement. “Top high school players from around the country, that have been putting the work in, have the opportunity to showcase it in front of the world.”

Tickets to the McDonald’s All American Games will be on sale beginning January 23, 2020, at ToyotaCenter.com with fans around the country being able to tune in live on Wednesday, April 1 on ESPN for the Boys Game and ESPN2 for the Girls Game.