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Stat Line: 22 minutes, 5 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 turnovers
The 2007 McDonald's All-American game was one of the deepest in recent memory. On the West team alone, we had the likes of Derrick Rose, Eric Gordon, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Kyle Singler, Blake Griffin and James Harden.
Although this game managed to produce numerous stars, it was far from D-Rose's launching pad.
Rose put on a quality performance, But he appeared to be a fish in a tank of sharks as he pushed the ball out and avoided the spotlight.
One year later, Rose outlasted every one of these prized recruits — with the exception of Kansas' Cole Aldrich — en route to the 2008 NCAA National Championship Game.
Since then, Rose has become an NBA MVP and a three-time All-Star. Perhaps the McDonald's All-American game shortcomings were all Rose needed to get that extra push.
See, kids? Shining in high school doesn't mean everything.