MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. — Trendn Watford, a five-star forward and Alabama target, has been selected to participate in the 42nd McDonald’s All-American game. Watford was named the boy’s Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama last season and has led the Mountain Brook Spartans (22-3, 5-0) to a successful season so far.
The McDonald’s All-American Game is a single exhibition game played each spring featuring the top players from around the country. The event also includes a three-point competition, a dunk and skills contest, much like the NBA’s All-Star Weekend.
“We’re so humbled and he’s so deserving,” Ernest Watford, Trendon’s father said in an interview. “To watch the start of a little flower blossom into a full plant is just awesome as parents.”
Watford has played for Coach Bucky McMillan since his freshman year at Mountain Brook. His role has grown since then and McMillan has been there every step of the way. He says this is the highest honor a high school basketball player could receive.
“He’s a great talent but he’s also a winner,” McMillan said. “ If you wanted to look at something that is a direct reflection of someone’s future in basketball, this is it.”
Watford is the first player from his high school to ever make the game. He’s also the first player from the state of Alabama to make the game since Michigan guard, Joshua Langford, (Madison Academy) in 2016.
Watford will play for the “East team” and line up with the likes of Cole Anthony, Vernon Carey, Jr. and more exceptional players from the 2019 class. The game will take place March 27 inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA. with competitions and events for the athletes taking place in the days before the game.
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