The McDonald's All American® Games name their 35 greatest players of all time. 2012 - Chicago, IL.
In 2012, the McDonald's All American Games® returned to Chicago and the United Center, making it the first time in history that the Games were played in the same host city back-to-back. The 2012 Games also marked an important milestone – the 35th Anniversary of the Boys Game. In celebration of this important anniversary, the McDonald's All American Games unveiled its 35 Greatest, a list which recognized some of the greatest players in Games' history. Leading up to Game Week, each player on the list received a commemorative basketball and select players including; LeBron James, Alonzo Mourning, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Doc Rivers received special in-person recognitions.
The 2012 Games attracted 16,308 fans, contributing to the highest consecutive attendance total in Games' history (2011-2012) and raised more than $650,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. Funds from the Games helped to construct the nation's largest Ronald McDonald House in Chicago.
2012 featured two of the closest games in the history of the McDonald's All American® Games. The night began with the 11th annual Girls Game, a game that wasn't decided until a Bashaara Graves free throw with less than a second left sealed a 79-78 win for the East squad. The East team's Alexis Prince earned MVP honors tallying 15 points and nine rebounds. The West team was led by Nirra Fields' game-high 20 points and 18 points from local standout, Morgan Tuck. Even in defeat, the West team still holds the all-times series lead with a record of 7-4.
The 35th annual Boys Game also came down to the final seconds with the West team holding on to win 106-102. After leading by 25 points in the second half, the West team, led by Game MVP Shabazz Muhammad and the three-point shooting of Rasheed Sulaimon, pulled out a victory despite a furious rally by the East team. Muhammad led all scorers with 21 points while Sulaimon chipped in 18 points in the victory. The East squad was led by Alex Poythress' 19 points, Rodney Purvis' 15 points and 12 rebounds from DaJuan Coleman. With the victory, the West team narrowed the gap on the East's all-time series lead, which now stands at 19-16.