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Weekly Notebook: McDonald's Game List Drops Today



UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad dunks during the slam dunk contest at last year's McDonald's All American Game. / USA TODAY Sports

The much anticipated unveiling of the 2013 McDonald’s All American roster will go down today at 5:05 p.m. when we release the roster of the 24 players who made the prestigious game on April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.

“We’re all just waiting for the list to come out,” said DeSoto (Texas) shooting guard Matt Jones, a Duke signee. “Today is a big day for a lot of high school guys. So we’ll see what happens.”

Harrison twins separated for Jordan Brand Classic

When twin brothers Aaron and Andrew Harrison suit up for the Jordan Brand Classic on April 13, they’ll be playing on opposite teams for the first time in years.

MORE: Jordan Brand Classic rosters announced

Aaron and Andrew, both consensus top five players in the class of 2013 and preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selections, have dominated the backcourt at Travis (Richmond, Texas) and on the AAU circuit for the Houston Defenders.

Now Aaron will run with the East, while Andrew runs with the West.

That competition will be short-lived though; both are signed to Kentucky.

Booker adds accolades

Moss Point (Miss.) shooting guard Devin Booker was named Most Valuable Player of Division 7-5A. Booker, a junior who is ranked No. 19 in the ESPN 60, is averaging 33 points per game and knocking down 47 percent of his 3-pointers this season.

MORE: Booker proves to be a potent deep threat

This marks the second-consecutive year that Booker has taken home the MVP award.

“It’s a great honor to win this award,” Booker said. “With so many seniors in the district it means a lot to me. It shows me how much my hard work and dedication is really paying off. But I can’t settle for this, I’m gonna keep working hard.”

Lee is a rebounding machine

Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.) forward Marcus Lee came into the season knowing that he’d take on the brunt of the scoring load and, at 6-foot-10, he’d also be counted on to reel in most of the team’s rebounds.

He just never imagined that he’d be pulling down more rebounds than points.

MORE: Taylor Enlow pulls down school-record 32 rebounds

Lee, a Kentucky signee, is averaging 23 points and 29 rebounds a game.

“I can’t even believe that I’m averaging that many rebounds,” Lee said. “But when they told me it just made me want to work even harder. I just have a mindset that no one can stop me from getting those boards. And since I’m the tallest guy on the court, most of the time, there’s no excuse why I’m not getting most of them.”

Basketball Commits

Garfield Heights (Garfield Heights, Ohio) forward Dave Bell to Ohio State… New Hampton (New Hampton, N.H.) point guard Travis Jorgenson to Georgia Tech.

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