One of the most difficult aspects of sports is being a scout. Tasked with the challenge of evaluating hundreds of prospects and determining which is the best is no small feat. One of the best places for scouts to get their first taste of recruits is the McDonald’s All-American game.
Every year in late March, the best twenty-four high school basketball players congregate to showcase the future of basketball in this high-school all-star game. Beginning in 1978, the participants in the McDonald’s All-American game compete in an “east vs west” style scrimmage, as well as a dunk contest and three-point contest. The event used to only name a men’s roster, but as of 2002 a women’s roster and game have been added. All proceeds from the event go towards the Ronald McDonald House Charities as McDonald’s are the main sponsor of the event.