April 4, 2013
CHICAGO - California men's basketball signee Jabari Bird competed in the 36th annual McDonald's All-American Game on April 3. The prestigious event featured 25 of the nation's top scholastic student-athletes and was played at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.
Bird helped guide the West squad to a 110-99 victory over the East team with nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 13 minutes of action. The future Golden Bear connected on three of his five field goal attempts and converted his only three-point attempt. The 6-6 guard was perfect from the free-throw line as well, converting both his attempts.
The Salesian High School standout from Richmond, Calif. entered the game with seven minutes to go in the first half, recording a three-pointer and an assist in his first minute of action. After a five-point first half, Bird started the second half for the West squad. He collected his final four points of the contest on a jumper and a slam dunk in the second period.
The 25-man group for the 36th annual McDonald's All-American Game was selected from a field of more than 800 nominees from around the country by the McDonald's All-American Games Selection Committee.
Bird was the fifth Cal signee all-time to be selected to the McDonald's All-American Game, joining Leon Powe (2003), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1995), Jason Kidd (1992) and Matt Beeuwsaert (1984).
Bird, along with Santa Monica High School (Calif.) product Jordan Mathews and Ransom Everglades (Fla.) standout Sam Singer, signed a National Letter of Intent with California and will enroll at Cal this fall and compete for the Golden Bears beginning with the upcoming 2013-14 season.