Montverde Academy senior Ben Simmons was selected as a 2015 McDonald’s All-American, and he will be playing in the 38th Annual 2015 McDonald’s All American Game THIS WEDNESDAY, April 1st, 2015. The McDonald’s All-American high-school basketball classic will take place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and be televised nationally live on ESPN at 8:00PM. Past renowned McDonald’s All Americans include many NBA stars like: Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard. At the beginning of Montverde Academy’s Upper-School Assembly of Wednesday, February 25, 2015, (2:30P.M – 3:30 PM) held inside the Academy’s Center for Sportsmanship and Wellness (The Nest), Simmons was honored for being selected to take part in the esteemed annual high-school basketball classic. For more information on the upcoming high-school basketball classic, please visit the following article written today by Jason Jordan, USA Today High School Sports. After the game, Ben will then travel from Chicago, Illinois, to New York, New York, to join the his fellow Eagles in preparation for their April 2nd – 4th, 2015, participation in the 2015 DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Boys’ National Tournament being televised live on a variety of ESPN television networks. STAY TUNED TO MONTVERDE.ORG FOR OUR COVERAGE OF MVA AS THEY DEFEND THEIR 2014 DICK’S SPORTING GOODS HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL TOURNAMENT CROWN!

In other news related to Simmons awards, Gatorade, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, announced Ben Simmons of Montverde Academy as its 2014-15 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. A great video in honor of Ben’s award can be found here. Simmons, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound senior forward, averaged 28 points and 11.9 rebounds while shooting 70.7 percent from inside the 3-point line through 29 games and has been very instrumental in the Eagles achieving a 28-1 record and #1 high-school basketball team national ranking. Ben also recently won the 2015 Morgan Wootten Award, and the Naismith Trophy Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He is rated as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2015 by ESPN and is a 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game selection as well as a 2015 Jordan Brand Classic game participant.

TODAY, Monday, March 30, 2015, the event’s annual POWERADE Jam Fest will be held at the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center of the University of Chicago on ESPN2. This entertaining “high-school basketball talent basketball showcase includes McDonald’s All Americans “…competing in a variety of contests including the Skills Competition, Three-Point Shootout, and the fan favorite Slam Dunk Contest.” According to an official McDonald’s All American Games rules/regulations press release, the schedule and description of events for TODAY are as follows:

5:00 pm:

Doors open at the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center

5:45 pm:

National Anthem, player intros, warmups

6:00 pm:

Preliminary round for Skills Competition and Three-Point Shootout

7:00 pm:

Final rounds of Skills Competition, Three-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest live on ESPN2

8:30 pm:

Event concludes


Skills Competition:

  • Participants compete in a two-round timed obstacle course event consisting of dribbling, passing & shooting stations
  • Three boys and three girls with the fastest times from the first round will advance to the finals
  • Players will be timed on a clock starting at 00:00.0 and the clock stops when the final shot is made

Three-Point Shootout:

  • Two rounds of timed shooting, each participant has one minute to score as many three pointers from the five designated stations positioned as possible
  • Each station has four brown balls worth one point and one red, white, and blue ball – the “Money-ball” – worth two points
  • Three boys and girls with the highest preliminary scores will move on to the final round

Slam Dunk Contest:

  • Each participant will have 45 seconds to complete a dunk and the dunk will be scored by a panel of judges; higher scores will go to the more creative and athletic dunks
  • During the first round, players will need to complete two dunks and the top four participants with the highest scores advance to the final round
  • A player may miss dunks as long as the player completes their dunk in the 45 seconds allotted, if that player does not complete a dunk, they will receive a zero