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Basketball Wed Feb 16 2011

Generation Next

McDonaldsBasketball_05.jpgFrom left: Dawson, Rose, Davis, Blackshear.

Apparently, meeting Derrick Rose (above) is one of the perks of being a McDonald's All-American. Anthony Davis, Wayne Blackshear and Branden Dawson had the honor before last night's Bulls-Bobcats game, five days after they were announced as the latest Chicagoland stars to earn spots in the nation's most prestigious high school basketball all-star game.

They'll be back at the United Center for the game on March 30, coached by Gene Pingatore of St. Joseph's in Westchester. has more information on Davis, Blackshear, Dawson and the rest of the 48 boys' and girls' all-stars. (No local girls made the team.) The group also includes Ariel Massengale of suburban Bolingbrook.

Rosters (PDF) -- Boys -- Girls

Anthony Davis, 6-9 forward/center
Perspectives Charter School, Chicago -- University of Kentucky

Wayne Blackshear, 6-5 guard/forward
Morgan Park High School, Chicago -- University of Louisville

Branden Dawson, 6-5 guard/forward
Lew Wallace High School, Gary, Ind. -- Michigan State University

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