Mcdonald’s Rosters OUT, “In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN!
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Ronnie has evaluated basketball talent for 20 years and has over 15 years of experience in publishing, editing and managing high school sports websites for companies such as Student Sports, ESPN and Ballislife. Ronnie compiles the FAB 50 National Team Rankings while serving as an account manager and consultant for grassroots event run by Ballislife and other companies, in addition to serving as a color commentator on high school broadcasts.
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In the eighth episode of our all-new “In The Paint Show,“ hosts Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland touch up on the NFHS-sanctioned June Live period and the incredible scoring feats of the Houston Rockets’ James Harden and go hard on the recent announcement of the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game rosters.
While some states have pulled out completely of the June Live Events, Arizona will host one live event sanctioned by the AIA and ran by the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association the first weekend (June 21-23). We break down this decision a bit further and discuss what it might mean in the bigger picture.
As far as Harden goes, he recently scored a career-high 61 points at Madison Square Garden and is on an incredible streak where none of his baskets are assisted by teammates. Is this simply an incredible offensive display or bad basketball? Does the NBA allow Harden certain offensive leeway or is the game just being called differently? Is isolation basketball the game’s new wave for the foreseeable future?
Flores and Ugland break it down along with some flashbacks of Harden being selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game back in 2007 out of Artesia (Lakewood, Calif.). Incredibly, he got little playing team on arguably the most loaded 12-man team ever assembled for the game.
The fellas take a deep dive at the rosters for this year’s game (March 27 in Atlanta). For the first time ever, a program has three McDonald’s All-Americans: FAB 50 No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). What does this mean for the landscape of high school basketball as more state associations ban their member schools from playing academy-type programs such as IMG, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), and La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)?
After the rosters are announced, everyone loves to talk snubs, so Ron and Dev break down the process, talk remedies for the selection committee and the one snub everyone is talking about: Chino Hills (Calif.) big man and 2018 Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball Onyeka Okongwu.
The fellas cover alot this week, so make sure to give it a listen below and share it with friends!
To learn more about our hosts, Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland, and to get more information about what “In The Paint” is all about, check out our intro below!