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McDonald’s All-American Games will remain in Chicago for 2016

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The McDonald’s All-American Games will return to Chicago for the sixth consecutive year in 2016, according to an official release. The 2016 contests — the 39th annual boys game and 15th annual girls game — will be played on March 30, 2016 at the United Center.

Future locations for the McDonald’s All-American Games for 2017 and beyond will be determined at a later date.

With a five-year attendance record of over 80,000 fans, it’s no surprise that the game is returning to Chicago, since it has drawn a healthy amount of fans every year. The games in Chicago have helped raise $2.6 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities.  In the five years the annual high school all-star games have been at the United Center, they have held an average of 16,765 fans per year, including a record 20,019 fans for the 2011 contest.

Tom Crean not happy about McDonald’s All-American rules from NCAA

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Two may not make a trend, but it could be an indication of a change to come.

A few days after Frank Martin stood in direct opposition to the NCAA when he talked about financially supporting some former players during his time as a high school coach, Indiana coach Tom Crean took to Twitter to talk about what he found to be the absurdity of current NCAA rules.

Bylaw makes it a violation for Crean to be at the game, to which he tweeted the objection below:

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We don’t have to look far for instances of an NCAA crackdown that the general public might object to, including the suspension of Kansas State’s Jamar Samuels and the NCAA’s explanation that the violation occurred because a wire transfer receipt was found in a garbage can at a grocery store.

Crean may have a point about his particular situation, though.

The objection is, presumably, over Yogi Ferrell, a point guard signed to play for Indiana from the Class of 2012, who Crean was looking to see. Though Ferrell has signed a letter of intent to player for Indiana, the NCAA bars coaches from attending and watching him.

Crean and Indiana had a problem with those pesky NCAA rules earlier in the season, as a mix-up on his staff about the specific dates of the recruiting calendar led to an unlawful visit with now-Michigan State signee Gary Harris.

There have been some changes to that recruiting schedule recently, which perhaps indicates a shift in the thinking by the NCAA.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

McDonald’s All-American Game roster preview: Part I

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On Wednesday, March 28, the best players in high school basketball will gather at the United Center in Chicago to showcase their talents in the annual McDonald’s All-American Game.

Leading up to the game, NBCSports.com will highlight each of the participants, taking place in four installments and beginning with the East roster.

EAST

Kyle Anderson | Guard/Forward | St. Anthony (NJ) | Signed to UCLA

Anderson is one of the most unique players in the country. A 6-8 point guard, he is the biggest asset in UCLA’s 2012 class. Though the biggest knock on Anderson has been his speed, he is calculated and precise with his movements and passes, which makes him dangerous on the offensive end.

DaJuan Coleman | Forward/Center | Jamesville-DeWitt (NY) | Signed to Syracuse

Syracuse may not be so worried if they lose Fab Melo to the NBA draft because they have this 6-10, 285-pound big man coming in 2012. Add him alongside Rakeem Christmas, who will be in his sophomore season, and possibly star Nerlens Noel, and the Orange will reload their roster.

Kris Dunn | Guard | New London (CT) | Signed to Providence

Kris Dunn and backcourt complement Ricardo Ledo are the centerpieces for Ed Cooley’s rebuilding efforts at Providence. He is a Top 25 player in the class who is versatile, and even turned down in-state favorite Connecticut to join the Friars. At 6-4, he has good size for a guard and averaged more than 30 points per game this season.

Perry Ellis | Forward | Wichita Heights (KS) | Signed to Kansas

Thomas Robinson is expected to make the leap to the NBA, so filling his spot will be Ellis. He averaged nearly 26 points and 10 rebounds this past season. Ellis turned down Kentucky, Kansas State, and Wichita State to come to Kansas.

Shaq Goodwin | Forward | Southwest DeKalb (GA) | Signed to Memphis

Goodwin is an athletic forward who turned down a number of schools in the SEC to join the Tigers. He recently won the Atlanta Journal-Constitution slam dunk contest. Check out video of that here.

Amile Jefferson | Forward | Friend’s Central (PA) | Undecided

Jefferson is expected to choose between Duke and NC State in the coming weeks and whoever lands him will have an intelligent, crafty basketball player with a knack for finding the right shot. He will need to bulk up in college, but his basketball IQ is one of the highest in the class.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_