CHICAGO -- From Shaquille O’Neal running the point to Tracy McGrady throwing the ball off the backboard to himself for a monster slam, all-star games are known for allowing players the freedom to show off some moves that would otherwise lead to a seat on the bench.
“I can shoot threes, man!” said Dakari Johnson, a center at Montverde (Montverde, Fla.). “I think I may try and get one at McDonald’s. I mean I think I can make it too. I’ve been practicing on it. People just don’t know, I’m a good shooter!”
Johnson may get the chance to pull the curtain back on his skills as a long-range shooter Wednesday when he suits up for the East in the 2013 McDonald's All American boys' game (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) at the United Center in Chicago.
But if Johnson, a full-time post player who stands 6-foot-11, plans to start launching treys, what do some of the other All Americans have up their sleeves?
We caught up with a handful of them and had them dish on at least one juke-move they have planned for the big game and had them give that move a McDonald’s-inspired nickname.
Webb (Oxford, N.C.), PF
Signed to: North Carolina
The Juke: The McPoster
The Breakdown: "I’m planning on putting a couple of people on posters, so I’m gonna say my move is the ‘McPoster.’ I’ll probably go with the windmill because it’s harder to block, and it’ll make the crowd go crazier.”
Montverde (Montverde, Fla.), C
Signed to: Kentucky
The Juke: The Backboard Big Mac
The Breakdown: “Hopefully I’ll get a fast break, then I’ll throw the ball off the backboard to myself and finish with a hard one-handed dunk. Can’t wait to do the ‘Backboard Big Mac!”
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), PG
Signed to: Washington
The Juke: The McDimer
The Breakdown: “With all of the talent I’ll be surrounded with, I’m planning to just go out and hand out dimes. Not a six-piece either, a dime-piece because I want 10-plus assists in this game. Being a point guard in a game like this, the best thing to do is get everyone involved even more than usual. Call me the ‘McDimer.”
De Soto (De Soto, Texas), SG
Signed to: Duke
The Juke: The McDouble
The Breakdown: “Well, I’m a shooter so I think I’m gonna try and come out and hit back-to-back threes. I’ll call that the ‘McDouble.’ I plan to get a few of those in this game.”
West Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.), C
Signed to: North Carolina
The Juke: The McBuckets
The Breakdown: "I’ve got a few moves, but one of the ones I’ll do a lot if an up-and-under post move. I’m gonna call that the ‘McBuckets’ because I’m gonna be giving out buckets in this game.”
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