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Basketball: Cal signee Bird among 3 Bay Area players named to McDonald’s All-America game

Salesian HS star Jabari Bird, who is signed to play for Cal next season, is among a record three Bay Area players who were named to the McDonald’s All-America Game.

Bird will be joined in the April 3 event in Chicago by Aaron Gordon of Mitty-San Jose and Marcus Lee of Deer Valley-Antioch. Gordon is unsigned and Lee is headed to play next season at Kentucky.

Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard, is rated as the nation’s No. 19 overall prospect, according to ESPN. He led Salesian to the 2012 CIF Division IV state title last season.

He will become the fifth player to come to Cal after playing in the McDonald’s game, joining Jason Kidd (1992), Jelani Gardner (1984), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1995) and Leon Powe (2003).

Matt Beeuwsaert (1984), who began his career at Notre Dame, finished up at Cal.

This marks the first time in the history of the McDonald’s game, dating back to 1978, that the Bay Area will be represented by more than one player. Only six local players have participated in previous years.

Jeff Faraudo

  • ConcordBear

    Bird is the man.
    Gordon, come on down and join the Golden Bears.
    Bay Area represent and light up the Area with college hoop!
    Cal wants you my man, imagine the excitement…

  • Juancho

    Saw birds team play gordons team this year. If i had to pick 1 its bird.

  • Yoda

    I wanna pick two. Pair those guys together and represent the Bay.

  • Gobears49

    What day and time is the McDonald’s all star game and will it be on TV?

  • Yoda

    I wanna pick two. Pair those guys together and let them represent the Bay.

  • DaveintheHills

    Go Birds!

  • Gobears49

    Don’t know if they do it, but if not they should add three-point shooting and slam dunk contests to the McDonald’s event. I would think there would be a lot of interest in that.

  • rotfogel

    Do we even have a chance at getting Ivan Rabb to come to berkeley? When’s the last time a Bay Area city had the top bball player in the country? It’d be nice to have see Rabb play his one year at Cal.

  • Juancho

    Cal baseball 2-0. With two straight wins in extra innings.

    Jeff how about some baseball love.

  • BlueNGold

    And while you are at it, Jeff, some coverage of Cal rugby would be nice too…