Since the inception of the girls game is 2002, the McDonald's All American Game has become a stage for some of the nation's top female high school prospects.
Previous participants in the all-star classic include Jayne Appel (Stanford junior), Maya Moore (Connecticut sophomore), Candace Parker (Tennessee/Los Angeles Sparks), Courtney Paris (Oklahoma senior), and Ann Strother (Connecticut/Atlanta Dream).
The 2009 version promises to be no different, as 24 of the top players from the United States will take part in the game. The showcase will be played at 5:30 p.m. April 1 at the BankUnited Center in Miami. The boys' game will follow at 8 p.m.
From the smallest player in 5-foot-5 China Crosby to the tallest player in 6-8 Britney Griner, the East vs. West girls contest is shaping up to be a real barnburner.
Griner is not only the No. 1 player in the soon-to-be released Rivals 100, but she has also become an Internet sensation. Griner has the ability to dunk the basketball in several different ways.
Crosby, on the other hand, is a prototypical quick New York City point guard. She can shoot the ball, attack the lane and, most important, wow the crowd with her passing ability.
Since the West is extremely post-heavy this season, Crosby will suit up for the West squad and 6-3 Joslyn Tinkle, from Montana, will play for the East team.
Here are the invitees for the 2009 McDonald's All American Game: