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It’s the McDonald’s All-American Game, so both squads are loaded with talent, but the East team may have its Rajon Rondo—the crucial point guard that ties all the talent together.
Lindsay Allen, a 5-8 point guard signed with Notre Dame, says her game is patterned after the Boston Celtics star.
“A pass first point guard, but can score when needed,” Allen said.
Allen will join her future teammate — and McDonald’s Player of the Year — Taya Reimer on the East squad April 3, at the United Center.
“Me and Taya are good friends,” Allen said. “We played on the same USA national team.”
The community feel of the Notre Dame team and school led Allen to choose to leave the East Coast — where she attends St. John’s College High School — and head to the Midwest.
Excelling in the classroom and on the court both are goals for Allen when she arrives in South Bend.
“I have to stay on top of my books and time management,” Allen said. “On the team, I need to fill the roles I need to fill and do what I need to do to help the team win.”
Playing with Team USA has allowed Allen the chance to travel around the world, which she hopes will continue after college.
“I would love to play in the WNBA or overseas,” Allen said. “I like to travel a lot.”
When asked who her favorite McDonald’s All-American of all time is, Allen had a short, direct answer.
“Michael Jordan. Classic,” Allen said.
For Allen, coming to Chicago to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game is a dream come true.
“Growing up playing basketball, you want to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game,” Allen said. “I watched people like LeBron and Candace Parker.”
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