The invitations are in the mail and the rosters for the 26th annual McDonald’s All American Game are set.
Five Kentucky commits headline a collection of 24 high school basketball players selected Thursday for the showcase event, a record for any one school. Twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, small forward James Young, power forward Marcus Lee and center Dakari Johnson will represent the Wildcats. Johnson will suit up for the East team while the other four will join forces on the West.
Florida (blue-chip point guard Kasey Hill and power forward Chris Walker), Duke (heralded small forward Jabari Parker and shooting guard Matt Jones) and North Carolina (power forward Isaiah Hicks and center Kennedy Meeks) will also send multiple recruits to the spring game. Hill and Walker will team up with Hicks and Meeks on the East while Parker and Jones will rep Duke on the West.
The annual spring game will be played April 3 in Chicago — during the week leading up to the Final Four — and televised at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Parker, a Chicago native and the No. 2 overall prospect in the class, will represent the host city and go head-to-head with Wiggins, the nation’s top overall prospect.
In all, 13 different schools will be represented in the game. Three players — Keith Frazier, Aaron Gordon and Wiggins — remain undecided. The states of Texas (Harrison twins, Jones and Frazier) and California (Jabari Bird, Gordon, Isaac Hamilton and Lee) tied for the most McDonald’s All Americans this year with four apiece. Hamilton is the first UTEP pledge ever chosen for the game.
Unsigned power forward Julius Randle, another Texan being courted most heavily by Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, NC State and Texas,is the glaring omission from either roster. Randle, who has missed most of his senior season with a broken foot, was not selected.
The complete rosters:
|Anthony Barber||NC State|
|Isaiah Hicks||North Carolina|
|Demetrius Jackson||Notre Dame|
|Kennedy Meeks||North Carolina|
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