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February 11, 2011

Carter-Williams named McDonald's All-American

Hoop star from Hamilton earns berth on elite squad

If there had been any doubt, it's now officially erased.

Michael Carter-Williams solidified his place among the elite high school basketball players in the country by being named a McDonald's All-American last night when the teams were announced on ESPNU.

Carter-Williams, a Hamilton native and senior captain at St. Andrew's School in Barrington, R.I., will play for the East team against the West in a game that will be played March 30 at Chicago's United Center and televised on ESPN.

"I've always known about (the game) because I watch it every year. I know it's the top players in high school and I'm just glad to be a part of it," the 19-year-old Carter-Williams said.

"It was about a week-and-a-half ago when I found out. My principal called me out of class and almost acted like I was in trouble. He walked me to coach (Mike) Hart's office and that's when they told me I was a McDonald's All-American."

The Syracuse University-bound Carter-Williams had been a Division 1 college prospect for a couple years before taking a major leap up the individual rankings, thanks to some superb performances at high-level camps and tournaments over the past year.

Carter-Williams' selection makes him the first McDonald's All-American from a Rhode Island school and just the second ever from the North Shore area, joining an exclusive club that has only one other member in former Salem High great Rick Brunson.

There have also been 16 McDonald's All-Americans who attended Syracuse.

Brunson, who went on to have a tremendous college career at Temple University and a lengthy NBA career, was selected in 1991 and shared the game MVP award with Chris Webber. Brunson, who scored 19 points, pulled down seven rebounds and added six assists in the game, is a close family friend of Carter-Williams and had previously offered him some advice about aiming for the McDonald's All-American game as a goal.

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