March 28, 2007

The McD.L.T Team: McDonald's busts

The names won't roll off the tongue. They'll seem about as familiar as Sanskrit.

That's OK. You should look at the names below, pause for a second then hit your head and say, "Wait, didn't that guy used to play for…?"

Not everyone who plays in the McDonald's High School All-American game turns out to be the next Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett or LeBron James.

Some turn out to be the next Leonel Marquetti, a member of the East squad in the very first McDonald's game, played in 1978. He went on to play at Hampton and was taken in the ninth round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, for whom he never played a minute.

The following players are ones you might remember were part of the McDonald's All-American teams, but who didn't turn out to be Big Macs on campus.

They're on the McD.L.T. Team. You remember the McD.L.T., don't you? It's the concept that kept the hot side hot and the cool side cool. It didn't exactly catch on.

Neither did these guys. Their careers turned out to be on the cool side, too, for whatever reason.

The McD.L.T Team

Joey Beard, East, 1993 - A consensus top-five player in the country, the skinny 6-10 Beard signed with Duke but played only 64 minutes his freshman season and transferred to Boston University. He averaged 11.6 points per game in his career for the Terriers.

DeAngelo Collins, West, 2002 - The 6-9 power forward was high on everybody's recruiting lists. He tried to make the jump straight to the NBA out of high school in California and went undrafted. He suffered a knee injury playing in Turkey and has bounced around various minor pro leagues.

Taymon Domzalski, East, 1995 - The big man from New Mexico played on some great teams at Duke, but his high-water mark came as a freshman when he averaged 6.5 points and six rebounds per game. He finished his career with averages of 4.2 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Lester Earl, East, 1996 - The Louisiana product chose to stay at home and signed with LSU, but he transferred to Kansas after his freshman year. In a messy divorce with the Tigers, he told the NCAA he had received illegal inducements from an assistant coach to attend LSU. To the solace of Bayou Bengals fans, he didn't do much as a Jayhawk. Earl averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds for his career in Lawrence.

Ronnie Fields, West, 1996 - A high school teammate of Kevin Garnett, the "King of Hops" was a Chicagoland legend for his high-flying dunks. He signed with DePaul but never qualified. He has traversed the globe playing in various pro leagues.

Neil Fingleton, East, 2000 - This says it all: The North Carolina signee finished his career as a backup center at Holy Cross. Oh yeah, and he was 7-6.

Omm'A Givens, West, 1994 - He originally signed to play at UCLA but transferred to Pepperdine after two seasons. He played only 19 games for the Waves because of various suspensions and eventually quit the team before his final season.

Casey Sanders, East, 1999 - Sanders, a 6-11 Tampa, Fla., product, signed with Duke. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for his career with the Blue Devils. The NBA didn't call.

Winfred Walton, East, 1996 - Walton signed with Syracuse but came up academically ineligible and never suited up for the Orangemen. He transferred and played one season at Fresno State under Jerry Tarkanian, then entered the NBA Draft early. He went undrafted and then played in the CBA.

Korleone Young, West, 1998 - The Kansas native took a flyer on entering the NBA Draft out of Hargrave Military Academy and got taken by the Detroit Pistons in the second round. Alas, his time in the Motor City lasted only three games at the end of the strike-shortened 1998 season and he has never appeared again on an NBA roster.

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