Evaluating The ACC’s 2017 McDonald’s All-Americans

    The 2017 McDonald's All-American Game takes place on Wednesday night. Which future ACC stars will be in Chicago?

    March 30, 2017

    The 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game takes place on Wednesday night. Which future ACC stars will be in Chicago?

    The 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game will take place on Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago, as 24 of the best senior high school basketball players in the country descend onto the Windy City for the annual event, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary for the boys game.

    The Class of 2017 has plenty of size, athleticism and ability, and the star players involved in this one will have their chance to showcase their skills in front on a national television audience on ESPN.

    How many of the participants are headed to Atlantic Coast Conference schools? Let’s take a look at the players who are committed as well as who may still pledge to an ACC school.


    Wendell Carter Jr.: Duke is hoping that Carter Jr. can make a Jahlil Okafor-type instant impact as a freshman, as the Blue Devils won a national championship in 2015 behind Okafor’s post presence. The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Carter, who has a 7’5 wingspan, should be a very good rebounder and consistent inside scorer from day one. But he can also hit a jumper as well.

    Lonnie Walker: The athletic 6-foot-4 shooting guard is committed to Miami, and he will provide the Hurricanes with an attacking, aggressive driver to the bucket. He also has good shooting mechanics and the tools to be a good perimeter defender. A perfect fit for Jim Larrañaga’s team.

    Gary Trent Jr.: The son of The Shaq of the MAC, who played 12 years in the NBA, is headed to Duke as one of the best shooters in the country. The two-guard won a Gold medal with the USA Basketball U16 team and has good range on his shot and great form. He’s also a solid defender.


    Mohamed Bamba: Four schools are in play for his services: Texas, Michigan, Kentucky and Duke. Quite simply, Bamba is a freak of nature, as his wingspan was recently measured at 7’9. He has great foot movement and is projected to be an impact defender. He is raw, but he has a hunger to learn. Duke was his last official visit, so we’ll see if Coach K and Co. can ultimately earn his pledge.

    Trevon Duval: The point guard is uncommitted as he considers Kansas, Arizona, Duke and others. We saw some great young point guards throughout 2016-17, including Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith, Jr., so the 6-foot-3 Duval will look to make a similar impact as an aggressive driver to the basket next season.

    Kevin Knox: The small forward is considering Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Florida State. He’s a very big and athletic wing who has a lot of room to grow still but will make an immediate impact wherever he lands.

    M.J. Walker: The big, strong, athletic uncommitted shooting guard is considering Kansas, Ohio State, Florida State and Georgia Tech. His jumper is still developing, but he can make shots from both mid-range and downtown as well as being a good finisher at the rim.

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