Feb. 23, 2006
WACO, Texas -
Baylor signee Demond "Tweety" Carter has been selected to the prestigious 2006 McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Team, a 24-man squad made up of the nation's elite players, McDonald's announced Thursday.
The 5-10, 170-pound guard will play for the West Team in the 29th Annual McDonald's All-American game March 29 at Cox Arena in San Diego, Calif. The game will be televised live on ESPN at 9 p.m. CST.
Carter, a native of LaPlace, La., is the first Baylor player to be selected a McDonald's All-American. The McDonald's game is one of two all-star contests Carter will participate in. He was recently selected to participate in the 2006 Jordan All-American Classic to be played April 22 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"This is a great honor for Demond Carter and Baylor University," Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew said. "The McDonald's All-American Game is the highest honor a high school basketball player can achieve and all of Demond's hard work has definitely paid off. We couldn't be any more pleased for Demond, his family and Reserve Christian School."
The incoming freshman has scored more than 7,200 career points at the prep level and is the second-highest scorer in national high school history. A senior at Reserve Christian School, Carter is a four-time all-state selection and has led his team to three state championships, including the school's first-ever title in 2002 as an eighth grader when he was honored as the tournament MVP. Carter has been a varsity starter since the seventh grade.
Carter, who has made 246 3-point field goals this season at RCS, recently broke the national record for single-season 3-pointers; shattering the old mark of 215.
Recently the subject of a USA Today cover story, Carter earned fame as an eighth grader in 2002 when he was one of the first two middle-school athletes ever to be invited to the Nike All-America Camps (with Derrick Caracter of Scotch Plains, N.J.). He also participated in Nike All-America Camps and the Nike Hoop Jamboree following his freshman and junior seasons. After his sophomore year, Carter was a member of the USA Basketball North Team that won a silver medal at the 2004 Men's Youth Development Festival.
Carter was honored as the 2005 National Christian School Athletic Association Player of the Year as a junior and the 2003 national high school freshman of the year (for all sports) by SuperPrep.com.
Proceeds from the McDonald's All-American game help support the host city's local Ronald McDonald House charities and initiatives.
In addition to the game, players will participate in the Powerade Jam Fest (a slam dunk and 3-point competition) at Peterson Gym on the San Diego State campus on March 27. The Jam Fest will be televised March 29 on ESPN at 11 p.m. CST following the All-American game.