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Throwback Thursday: 2007 McDonald's All-American Class in the League


Throwback Thursday, also tagged as #TBT, is such a big hit all over social media every week, so popular that I decided to do a special Throwback Thursday blog post. This post is about the McDonald's All-American high school class that I was a part of in 2007. This was an incredibly talented group of teenagers that went on to have successful collegiate careers whether it was in one, two, three or a full four years, and nearly every selection went on to play professional basketball in the NBA, WNBA and/or abroad. Many of these athletes you should be very familiar with as I've chosen to highlight them for their current positions in the WNBA/NBA. While I may not be "friends" with and don't necessarily keep in touch with all of these people, it's still pretty awesome to watch them live out their dreams. I keep up with everyone's careers even those who I didn't include in this post. It obviously takes talent to be a professional athlete but more than that it takes sacrifice, determination, resiliency, and an extraordinary work ethic. Enjoy these photos that take you on my trip down memory lane! :)

As always, ladies first...

Maya Moore - University of Connecticut, Minnesota Lynx

Devereux Peters - University of Notre Dame, Minnesota Lynx

Jeanette Pohlen - Stanford University, Indiana Fever

Jantel Lavender - Ohio State University, Los Angeles Sparks

Krystal Thomas - Duke University, Phoenix Mercury

Kayla Pedersen - Stanford University, Connecticut Sun

Jasmine Thomas - Duke University, Atlanta Dream

Now on to these gentlemen, some of which are revered among the best players in the NBA...

Derrick Rose - University of Memphis, Chicago Bulls

Kevin Love - University of California Los Angeles, Minnesota Timberwolves

Blake Griffin - University of Oklahoma, Los Angeles Clippers

James Harden - Arizona State University, Houston Rockets

Michael Beasley - Kansas State University, Miami Heat

Kyle Singler - Duke University, Detroit Pistons

O.J. Mayo - University of Southern California, Milwaukee Bucks

J.J. Hickson - North Carolina State University, Denver Nuggets

Eric Gordon - Indiana University, New Orleans Pelicans

Patrick Patterson - University of Kentucky, recently traded to the Toronto Raptors

James Anderson - Oklahoma State University, Philadelphia 76ers

Jerryd Bayless - University of Arizona, Memphis Grizzlies

Cole Aldrich - University of Kansas, New York Knicks

Nick Calathes - University of Florida, Memphis Grizzlies

Kosta Koufos - Ohio State University, Memphis Grizzlies

Thanks for stopping by!



*All photos taken from my old Facebook albums and/or from Google.*

Thanksgiving w/the Ammons family in NC!! (cc:@cindyammons)


I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday eating too much delicious food with your family and friends! I know I did...

As the holiday weekend is winding down (only Cyber monday left lol..) I figured I'd share how my Thanksgiving went with you all. I spent my Thanksgiving in Sanford, North Carolina with a family that I've become so close with over the years that they're easily part of my extended family now! What made it even better is that my mom and dad drove down from Fairfax, VA and spent the holiday there as well (unfortunately, my brother couldn't make it :( still love him though!). 

With what I do for a living, being with family during the holidays is something I value and appreciate more than you could possibly imagine. There's something so special about this time of year, everyone can feel it.. and you just don't realize how meaningful it is until you've experienced missing out on it for several years. I owe a very sincere and special thank you to Joel and Cindy Ammons (and their daughters Brooke & Annabelle) for being such gracious hosts and allowing us to share their holiday.. especially since my little Bella wasn't very nice to their sweet dog Sparkles. (Sorry!) The Thomas' love each of you so much!

I'm so grateful for all the wonderful things God has done and is doing in my life from blessing me with amazing family and friends to allowing me to do something I'm passionate about for a living, and so so SO much more! I don't take anything for granted and thank him for it everyday, not just the last Thursday of each November.

Switching gears a little, DUKE FOOTBALL, now Coastal Division Champs, are playing in the ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Saturday Dec 7th @ 8pm at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC and I WILL BE THERE! I'm so proud of Coach Cutcliffe and all those guys I wouldn't dare miss out on witnessing history and all of you Duke fans/supporters should do your best to be there (or watch on TV) also!!! #goDuke !

Til next time...



VIDEO: Sounding the siren for the Hurricanes!!

Not sure if y'all know but sounding the siren to bring the Hurricanes out to the ice to start the game is a big deal... It was so cool being picked for that opportunity and I'm now included in a exclusive & notable group of people in the history of sounding the siren!!

It was also fun being back in Raleigh and having people reminisce on my career at Duke. I will always love the state of North Carolina!

#goDuke #NHL #Hurricanes #hockey