Where are they now?: The 2009 McDonald’s Game

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Apr 082013
 
2009 McDonald's All-American DeMarcus Cousins is now playing for the Sacramento Kings. Photo: Associated Press

2009 McDonald’s All-American DeMarcus Cousins is now playing for the Sacramento Kings.
Photo: Associated Press

Twenty five of the country’s best high school players were in Chicago last week to participate in the McDonald’s All-American Game. In a couple of months, those prospects will start showing up on their college campuses. Some will spend only one season at the school of their choice, some will still be there four years from now.

But what about the players who were in their place four years ago? Here’s a look at what the 2009 McDonald’s All-Americans did after playing in that game and where they are today:

EAST TEAM

Lance Stephenson: The Brooklyn native is in his third season in the NBA after spending one season at Cincinnati. Stephenson averaged 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in his only season with the Bearcats, who missed the NCAA Tournament. He was chosen 40th overall by the Pacers and has started 68 games while averaging 8.5 points for Indiana this season.

Maalik Wayns: He averaged 12.5 points per game in three seasons at Villanova before declaring for the draft and going unpicked last year. He signed with the 76ers and played 21 games for them before being waived and signed by the Clippers, who he currently plays for. Wayns is averaging 2.8 points this season.

Ryan Kelly: The former AAU teammate of John Wall recently completed a four-year career at Duke. Kelly played sparingly during the Blue Devils’ championship run as a freshman but has averaged double-digit points in each of his last two seasons. He is projected as the No. 73 overall prospect in the 2013 draft by DraftExpress.com.

Dexter Strickland: A four-year player at North Carolina, Strickland averaged 7.0 points and 2.7 assists in 128 games for the Tar Heels. He started 95 games, including all 36 this season. The point guard is not among the Top 100 prospects in this year’s draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

Dante Taylor: A four-year player at Pittsburgh, Taylor was a reserve for his first two seasons before starting 20 games as a junior. He had only one start as a senior and never averaged more than six points or 19 minutes in any of his four seasons. He is not among the Top 100 prospects in this year’s draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

Kenny Boynton: He started 142 of 145 games in a four-year career with the Florida Gators, averaging double digits in points in each of those four seasons. Boynton leaves Gainesville as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,033 points — 57 shy of Ronnie Williams’ record. He is not among the Top 100 prospects in this year’s draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

DeMarcus Cousins: You know the story. Cousins came to Kentucky with John Wall and took the Cats back to the top of college basketball before an upset loss to West Virginia in the Elite Eight. He averaged 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in his only season with UK before being selected with the 5th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. Cousins is averaging 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds this season for the Kings. He was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection in 2010-11.

Milton Jennings: The South Carolina native signed with Clemson and recently capped a four-year career with the Tigers. Jennings averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 points this past season. He is not among the Top 100 prospects in this year’s draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

Peyton Siva: He has started every game at Louisville for the past three seasons after coming off the bench as a freshman. Siva goes into Monday night’s national championship game with 1,197 points, 672 assists and 250 steals in 143 games. He is the school’s all-time leader in steals and is second to LaBradford Smith in assists. Siva is not among the Top 100 prospects in this year’s draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

Dominic Cheek: He played three seasons at Villanova before going unpicked in the 2012 NBA Draft. Cheek was primarily a reserve for his first two seasons at Villanova. He started 30 games as a junior, averaging 12.5 points per game that season. Cheek was waived by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League earlier this season.

Alex Oriakhi: He played three seasons at UConn — winning a national title in 2011 — before transferring to Missouri for his senior year. Oriakhi had his best statistical season at Mizzou, averaging 11.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 2012-13. He is not among the Top 100 prospects in this year’s draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

Derrick Favors: The consensus pick as the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2009 spent one season at Georgia Tech before heading to the NBA. Favors averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds in his only season with the Yellow Jackets, who went 23-13 and lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Favors was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 3rd overall pick and later traded to the Utah Jazz. He is averaging 9.5 points and 6.9 rebounds in 72 games (eight starts) this season for the Jazz.

WEST TEAM

Renardo Sidney: He missed his entire freshman season at Mississippi State due to an NCAA suspension and sat out the first nine games of his sophomore year due to another suspension. Sidney averaged 14.2 points and 7.6 rebounds as a sophomore, but just 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds as a junior. He opted for the NBA Draft after his junior season but was not selected. Sidney was waived by an NBA D-League team earlier this year before ever playing a game.

Abdul Gaddy: He just wrapped up a four-year career with Washington, averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 assists this past season. Gaddy leaves Washington as the school’s second all-time leader in assists with 469. (Will Conroy had 515). He is not among the Top 100 prospects in this year’s draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

Tommy Mason-Griffin: He left Oklahoma after one season but was not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft. During that one year with the Sooners, Mason-Griffin averaged 14.1 points and 5.0 assists and was a third-time all-conference selection. He played five games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League in 2010-11 before landing with a team in Germany.

Avery Bradley: He averaged 11.6 points per game in his only season at Texas before declaring for the NBA Draft and being selected by the Boston Celtics with the 19th overall pick. Bradley has started all 45 games he’s played in this season for the Celtics. He’s averaging 9.3 points and 2.1 assists.

David Wear: The California native played one season at North Carolina before transferring to UCLA, where he just finished his junior season. Wear averaged 7.1 points and 5.0 rebounds and started nine of 34 games for the Bruins in 2012-13. He is rated by DraftExpress.com as the No. 95 junior in the country.

Xavier Henry: Once committed to John Calipari at Memphis, Henry ultimately chose Kansas over Kentucky when Calipari took the UK coaching job. Henry averaged 13.4 points per game in his one season with the Jayhawks, who were the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament before being upset in the round of 32. He was selected with the 12th overall pick of the 2012 draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He was later traded to the Hornets and is averaging 3.3 points in 44 games for New Orleans this season.

Michael Snaer: He just completed a four-year career at Florida State that saw him start 110 of 134 games. Snaer led the Seminoles in scoring as a junior (14.0 points per game) and a senior (14.8 per game). He is considered to be the No. 56 overall prospect in the 2013 draft by DraftExpress.com, which projects him as the 51st overall pick.

John Henson: He played three seasons at North Carolina before being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 14th overall pick in last year’s draft. Henson was twice named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and started all but two games over his final two seasons with the Tar Heels. He is averaging 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 57 games as a rookie with the Bucks.

Travis Wear: The California native played one season at North Carolina before transferring to UCLA, where he just finished his junior season. Wear averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds and started 31 of 32 games for the Bruins in 2012-13. He is rated by DraftExpress.com as the No. 76 junior in the country.

Tiny Gallon: The Oak Hill Academy grad averaged 10.1 points and 7.9 rebounds in one season at Oklahoma. Gallon was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 47th overall pick of the 2010 draft. He played 46 games in the NBA D-League in 2010-11 but has never made an appearance in the NBA.

Mason Plumlee: He recently completed a four-year career at Duke. Plumlee was among the pre-season favorites for national player of the year honors as a senior and averaged 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in his final season with the Blue Devils. He played 14.1 minutes per game in 2009-10, when Duke won the national championship. He is considered to be the No. 13 overall prospect in the 2013 draft by DraftExpress.com, which projects him as the 13th overall pick.

Wally Judge: He played two seasons at Kansas State before transferring to Rutgers following his sophomore season. Judge averaged 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and started 30 of 31 games as a junior with the Scarlet Knights in 2012-13. He is rated by DraftExpress.com as the No. 65 junior in the country.

RECAP

One-and-dones (7): Stephenson, Cousins, Favors, Mason-Griffin, Bradley, Henry, Gallon
Two-year players (0): None
Three-year players (4): Wayns, Cheek, Sidney, Henson
Four-year players (10): Kelly, Strickland, Taylor, Boynton, Jennings, Siva, Oriakhi, Gaddy, Snaer, Plumlee
Transfers still in school (3): D. Wear, T. Wear, Judge

National champions (3): Kelly, Plumlee, Oriakhi
Final Four appearances (4): Kelly, Plumlee, Oriakhi, Siva (2)
Currently in NBA (7): Stephenson, Wayns, Cousins, Favors, Bradley, Henry, Henson

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  One Response to “Where are they now?: The 2009 McDonald’s Game”

  1. Not really 7 one and dones, 2 were just done, never played in the NBA. 5 real one and dones.

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