Hebert-Truax, Lauwers to coach national games
They've conquered the state stage. Now they'll try to go national.
In truth, the McDonald's All-American Boys and Girls basketball games are about the players, as it should be. This year, though, at least in the 49th State, it will also be about the coaches.
Dimond's Brad Lauwers and Wasilla's Jeannie Hebert-Truax will serve as head coaches of teams participating the forty-first edition for the boys and seventeenth for the girls. Each are coming off championship seasons at the 4A level in 2017.
Both will be head up the westside-- Lauwers for the boys, Truax for the girls.
Designed as a showcase for the top talent in the country, these games are usually high-offense, high-octane affairs.
The Games Selection Committee Chairman is Morgan Wootten, a basketball Hall of Famer, himself. Respected nationally, he built one of the great basketball powers at Dematha in Hyattsville, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.
The games will take place on March 28 at Philips Arena in Atlanta and the rosters are stacked. The boy's teams have kids who've already committed to Duke, Kansas and Oregon. Women's powers Connecticut, Baylor, Tennessee, Maryland and Florida State are among the schools the girls will attend.
The game has history, too. Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Candace Parker were on McDonald's rosters.
Both contests will air nationally. The girls tip at 1 p.m. Alaska time, while the boys go at 3.
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