On Wednesday, the basketball world took notice of the nation’s top prep stars in the McDonald’s All-American Game. This decorated event brought to light the stars of tomorrow, as players such as Andrew Wiggins (pictured to the left), Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and MVP Aaron Gordon put their talents on full display.
The question is, where are the past stars of the McDonald’s All-American Game?
While the mind tells us that this is the best recruiting class in years, this isn’t the first time we’ve generated such hype for high school players. In fact, we approach this event with the same untamed excitement every year.
So where are the stars of yesteryear? Let’s find out.
1. Tweety Carter
From 2006 to 2010, Demond “Tweety” Carter was one of the most electrifying point guards in the nation. The 5-11 lead guard led the Baylor Bears through a deep Big 12, seeing his minutes and production increase in all four seasons.
Prior to his days as a collegiate athlete, however, Carter was a McDonald’s All-American.
Carter was one of the most heralded recruits in the nation, having won the 2006 Mr. Basketball award for the state of Louisiana. He had a quiet performance in the 2006 McDonald’s All-American Game, totaling two assists and two rebounds in 14 minutes.
After teaming with the likes of Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin, Carter went on to be their rival in Big 12 play.
During his first three years at Baylor, Carter became one of the most popular faces in the Big 12. With his relentless attacking on offense and undeniably gripping name, Carter was the ultimate game changer with his explosive quickness and lethal 3-point shooting.
During his senior year, Carter took it to another level, posting career bests of 15.0 points, 5.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. More importantly, Carter continued his sharpshooting ways and led Baylor to its first Elite Eight appearance since 1950.
But Carter strangely went undrafted and has yet to step on an NBA court.
Carter performed well for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League, averaging 11.3 points and 3.9 assists in 26.5 minutes. After 31 games, however, Carter pursued greater financial and career possibilities by joining BK Ventspils of Latvia.
After a brief stint there, Carter headed to Israel, where he played for Bnei HaSharon and averaged 20.7 points and 7.1 assists in Liga HaAl play.
This has led Carter to a career with KK Cibona of the Croatian and Adriatic Leagues and CEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Czech Republic. As his minutes rise, his production follows.
2. Ndudi Ebi
During the 2003 NBA draft, four players made the leap from high school to the NBA. They were LeBron James, Kendrick Perkins, Travis Outlaw and Ndudi Ebi.
Ebi is the player who dropped 11 points on LeBron and the East squad during the 2003 McDonald’s All-American Game.