Ep. 151 - McDAAG: Wagner Makes History, Bronny In & More!

On Episode 151 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana, Chelsea Hopkins and Horace Neysmith go hard on the 2023 McDonald's All-American Game and the announcement of the 24 players selected to play in this year's game.

The big news from the standpoint of reaction to the roster is the selection of Bronny James of Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) to the West team. Bronny, of course, is the son of Lakers' superstar LeBron James. Was Bronny deserving? Was it borderline and therefore justifiable to select him? Each member of the ITP breaks it down coming from a different point of view.

Bronny and LeBron are the ninth father-son combo selected for the game since its inception and are joined by D.J. Wagner of FAB 50 No. 10 Camden (N.J.), who is actually part of the first father-son-grandson combo to play in the game. Ron breaks down the history with grandfather Milt (1981) and father Dajuan (2001) also playing in the game, while Horace gives his insight of playing against many of the 1981 selections and what the feel of the game was like in its early years.

Ani give his take on how the state of Texas has grown from an afterthought in the early years to a McDonald's All-American hotbed in recent time and why that is from a recruiting standpoint. Ron and Ani break down the evolution of the game, while Chelsea give her thoughts on why top freshman classes are not cutting it in terms of winning the NCAA title and why the national all-star games will have a tough time getting back to the attendance hey dey it enjoyed in the 1990s and 2000s.

The ITP Crew goes in on the rosters, talking first reactions, trends, snubs, and much more!

Chelsea also gives a quick W update as it relates to the retirement of Maya Moore, security concerns surrounding Brittney Griner.

The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on a variety of topics related to the 2023 McDonald's All-American Game, so make sure to tune in to Episode 151 from start to finish!

(0:00) - Intro

(1:33) - Chelsea’s W Takes: Maya Moore’s Retirement

(4:59) - Chelsea on Aces-Sparks Trade!

(9:14) - Brittney Griner’s Safety in the W!

(14:50) - McDonald’s All-American Game Roster 1st Reactions!

(24:44) - Bronny’s Production & McDAAG Player Production

(29:46) - D.J.-Dajuan-Milt McDAAG Trio & Horace’s 1981 Recollections

(33:03) - 1981 McDAAG & MJ’s MVP Snub

(36:55) - Dujuan & D.J. Wagner: Both POYs?!?!

(43:52) - Breaking Narratives For Long-Time No. 1s

(48:21) - Texas McDAAG Players: From Rags To Riches!

(56:13) - Evolution of Girls McDAAG Over Time

(1:03:31) - ’23 McDonald’s All-American Snubs

(1:07:33) - ’23 McDAAG Game Predictions

(1:12:01) - ’23 McDAAG College Choice Breakdown

(1:20:56) - McDAAG at Crossroads (Popularity-Wise?)

(1:26:22) - Bronny’s Recruitment: Nepotism & Business
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