On Sunday, April 2, 1995, The Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted the best high school prospects graduating in ’95, in what was the 18th annual iteration of the McDonalds All-American Game. It also turned out to be one of the most stacked ones, as 15 of 22 players selected ended up playing in the NBA. Here are the rosters.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Louis Bullock, Vince Carter, Randell Jackson, Antawn Jamison, Stephon Marbury, Ron Mercer, God Shamgod, Wayne Turner, Sam Okey, Luther Clay
The game was broadcasted live by CBS in front of a record crowd of 16,201 enthusiastic fans. West Boys ended up winning the game 125 -115, with Kevin Garnett winning the MVP award. He finished the game with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, displaying his enormous basketball talent before becoming the only game participant to declare for the ’95 NBA Draft and the first player in 20 years to do it straight out of high school.
Paul Pierce added 28 for the West, which had eight players score in double digits. Ron Mercer led the East Boys with 19, and Stephon Marbury added 11 points and 10 assists, but they failed short to Pierce and Garnett, who both set the stage for their Hall of Fame worthy NBA careers.
The All-American Week also hosted Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout, which was won by Louis Bullock. Vince Carter gave fans a sneak peek at what will become his trademark in the NBA by showcasing his incredible dunking ability and eventually winning the contest. Thus they secured some accolades for the East in what was one of the most star-studded All-American weeks we’ve ever seen where so many of the future NBA stars showcased their talents on the national stage for the first time in their basketball careers.