Basketball Signee O'Bryant Set for McDonald's Game
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE - Johnny O'Bryant of East Side High in Cleveland, Miss., will become the 14th future LSU basketball Tiger to take to the court when he plays in the 34th annual McDonald's High School All-America Game Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.
The game, set to tip at 9 p.m. on ESPN, will follow the 6:30 p.m. women's McDonald's All-Star game that will be televised by ESPNU.
The 6-10 O'Bryant, who led East Side to a 27-4 record this past season, was named Mississippi All-State averaging 17.3 points per game, 13.2 rebounds per game and 4.1 blocks per game.
He becomes the first out-of-state LSU signee in 18 years selected for the game and LSU's first McDonald's All-American since Tasmin Mitchell in 2005.
Four of LSU's McDonald's game participants earned All-America honors while at LSU - Chris Jackson (Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf), Shaquille O'Neal, Stromile Swift and Glen Davis. All but two of LSU's McDonald's game choices would go on to be named to at least one All-SEC team.
This will be the first of two major All-Star games that O'Bryant will be playing in as he will also appear in the Jordan Brand All-Star Classic in Charlotte on April 16.
The game raises money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and the building of the country's largest Ronald McDonald House in downtown Chicago.
The list of other LSU basketball players who participated in the McDonald's All-American game prior to coming to LSU:
1984: John Williams
1988: Chris Jackson (Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf); Stanley Roberts
1989: Shaquille O'Neal
1990: Jamie Brandon
1992: Duane Spencer
1993: Sylvester "Deuce" Ford
1993: Ronnie Henderson; Randy Livingston
1998: Stromile Swift
2003: Brandon Bass
2004: Glen Davis
2005: Tasmin Mitchell