The reality sunk in as Aaron Gordon walked into a McDonald's in San Jose that was decorated in balloons and donning a picture of the Archbishop Mitty basketball star on the front door.
Announced as a McDonald's All-American on Valentine's Day, Gordon got an official send-off Tuesday afternoon at a McDonald's near the Mitty campus.
With his teammates, coaches and parents there to share the experience, Gordon said, "It was almost like a realization -- this is actually happening.
"It means a lot to me."
The honor was even more special for the 6-foot-8 Gordon because his idol, Magic Johnson, was a McDonald's All-American in the 1970s.
This year's McDonald's game is April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.
During the send-off party, the Mitty team had Chicken McNuggets -- coach Tim Kennedy wouldn't allow fries -- and posed for pictures behind the counter.
Gordon was handed a black apron with the golden arches embroidered in the middle. While standing behind the cash register, he pretended to serve his father, Ed.
The send-off party came just days before the biggest game of Mitty's season, the Open Division state championship game Saturday night against Mater Dei at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Gordon said it was "pretty special" to share the experience with his teammates, but added, "I've got to remind them it's not about me. It's about the team. That was a little bit distracting from what our
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