Kentucky Leads Way With Four McDonald’s All-Americans

    Four high school standouts headed to Kentucky will get a chance to team up prior to donning Wildcats uniforms as teammates in the McDonald's All-American Game.

    January 16, 2017

    Four high school standouts headed to Kentucky will get a chance to team up prior to donning Wildcats uniforms as teammates in the McDonald’s All-American Game.


    Recruiting one of the nation’s top classes is nothing new for Kentucky coach John Calipari. That’s why no one was surprised when the Wildcats had the most McDonald’s All-Americans when the rosters were announced Sunday night.

    Four future Kentucky products will take the floor March 29 at the United Center in Chicago during the 40th annual McDonald’s All-American Game, an event that showcases the country’s top high school basketball talent.

    Kentucky’s class, currently ranked No. 1 overall, is so good that even Calipari’s top-ranked recruit – No. 10 Hamidou Diallo – won’t be playing in Chicago. Fellow 5-stars P.J. Washington (No. 13), Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 14), Nick Richards (No. 16) and Quade Green (No. 24) will represent the future Wildcats on the East squad.

    And Calipari hopes those commits can help lure another top talent to Kentucky. Mohamed Bamba, a 6-foot-11 center from Pennsylvania, is the nation’s No. 2 overall player and will join Washington, Vanderbilt, Richards and Green with the East. Bamba currently is undecided but lists Kentucky in his top four and plans to visit Lexington prior to the McDonald’s All-American Game.

    Six other undecided players were named to the roster, including point guard Trevon Duval, who is the No. 3 player in the nation. Kevin Knox (No. 7) also will play on the East team with Duval, while Chicago native Brandon McCoy (No. 6), Brian Bowen (No. 19), Trae Young (No. 21) and M.J. Walker (No. 23) will play for the West.

    McCoy and Bowen both are being recruited heavily by Arizona and Michigan State. McCoy is good friends with top overall player and Arizona signee DeAndre Ayton but grew up a Spartans fan. Bowen is from Michigan and is high school teammates with Jaren Jackson Jr., a Michigan State signee who is the No. 28 overall player and suiting up for the West squad.

    Here are the full rosters, with the player’s ranking preceding their name.

    2017 McDonald’s All-American Game Rosters

    East

    No. 2 Mohamed Bamba, 6-11, C, Westtown (Pa.) — Undecided
    No. 3 Trevon Duval, 6-3, PG, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) — Undecided
    No. 4 Wendell Carter Jr, 6-9, PG, Pace Academy (Atlanta) — Duke
    No. 6 Mitchell Robinson, 6-11, Chalmette (La.) — Western Kentucky
    No. 7 Kevin Knox, 6-8, F, Tampa Catholic (Fla.) — Undecided
    No. 9 Collin Sexton, 6-3, SG, Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.) — Alabama
    No. 13 P.J. Washington, 6-8, F, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)— Kentucky
    No. 14 Jarred Vanderbilt 6-8, F, Victory Prep (Houston) — Kentucky
    No. 16 Nick Richards, 6-11, C, Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.) — Kentucky
    No. 17 Kris Wilkes, 6-7, F, North Central (Indianapolis) — UCLA
    No. 22 Lonnie Walker, 6-4, SG, Reading (Pa.) — Miami
    No. 24 Quade Green, 6-1, PG, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) — Kentucky

    West

    No. 1 DeAndre Ayton, 7-0, C, Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix) — Arizona
    No. 5 Michael Porter Jr., 6-10, F, Nathan Hale (Seattle)— Washington
    No. 8 Brandon McCoy, 6-11, C, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) — Undecided
    No. 11 Troy Brown, 6-7, F, Centennial (Las Vegas) — Oregon
    No. 12 Gary Trent Jr., 6-5, SG, Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.) — Duke
    No. 15 Billy Preston, 6-10, F, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) — Kansas
    No. 19 Brian Bowen, 6-7, F, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.) — Undecided
    No. 21 Trae Young, 6-2, PG, Norman North (Okla.)— Undecided
    No. 23 M.J. Walker, 6-5, SG, Jonesboro (Ga.) — Undecided
    No. 26 Jaylen Hands, 6-3, PG, Foothills Christian (El Cajon, Calif.) — UCLA
    No. 28 Jaren Jackson, 6-11, F, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.) — Michigan State
    No. 81 Charles O’Bannon, 6-6, F, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) — USC

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

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