ESPNHS' Ronnie Flores ranks the top 35 McDonald's All-Americans of all-time today, and one local is reflected on the list. Former Cambridge star Patrick Ewing, who led the Falcons to three straight MIAA Division 1 state championships (1979-81) before embarking on a legendary career at Georgetown and the New York Knicks, comes in at No. 8.
You can view the entire list here. Here's what Flores had to say about Ewing:
8. Patrick Ewing, Rindge & Latin (Cambridge, Mass.), 1981
The Jamaican-born Ewing was a dominant prep force, averaging 22.7 points and 15 rebounds while shooting 72 percent from the field as a senior. In his final three seasons, Rindge & Latin was 77-1, including a 25-0 mark as a senior. Many know Ewing for leading Georgetown to three NCAA Final Fours and playing on two U.S. Olympic teams, including the famed Dream Team. What few know was he was so good he actually got an Olympic tryout in 1980 as a high school junior, the youngest player ever to tryout for a U.S. senior national team.