ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The McDonald’s All-American game is arguably the best high school basketball game in the country, and Wednesday it was won by two coaches from Alaska.
Wasilla High School head girls basketball coach Jeannie Hebert-Truax and Dimond High School head boys basketball coach Brad Lauwers led both West McDonald's All-American teams to victory.
“My phone has been blowing up, people have been showing pictures of me on TV,” said Lauwers over the phone. “It’s great to have so much support from Alaska, and different parts of the country.”
Lauwer’s West team winning 131-128 over the East, led by Nassir Little of Florida, who had 28 points. Despite the high score Lauwers felt it was a good game.
“This game was competitive, couple missed dunks, but end-to-end hardcore basketball,” said Lauwers. “You go into practices and there is over a 100 NBA scouts seated watching you practice. You want to show well all the time, and it culminated well.”
On top of NBA scouts the entire country was able to watch this nationally televised game on ESPN.
“You know you are on ESPN when you are on a 2 and a half minute timeout,” said Lauwers jokingly.
In the girls game Hebert's West team won 82-79, led by Arkansas' Christyn Williams, the No. 1 overall recruit who's headed to UConn.
Williams had 22 points and 12 rebounds.
“It’s definitely exciting, I might take a week to recover from my sleep deprivation,” said Hebert-Truax over the phone.
The longtime Alaska girl’s high school basketball coach went straight from her state championship game on Saturday to the airport, and then flew all night to Atlanta.
As for coaching the best in the country Hebert-Truax said it’s easy to see why these players have so much potential.
“A lot of them were really fun to coach, and used to working within the system,” said Hebert-Truax. “Very coachable, very personable, very easy to get along with.”