McDonald's All American Game 2012: Breaking Down Elite Prospects

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 27, 2012

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The United Center in Chicago will be the landing for the 24 best college prospects in the nation. Among them are a select few that will stand out as the very best of an already talented crop of high school phenoms. 

There will be the usual dosage of high-flying antics and sharp-shooting surges. I am even excited to see how some of the guards work the floor with new teammates they have only spent a couple practices with. 

In the end, it's all about one thing though, and that is trying to tell the complete future with the smallest of sample sizes. 

With that, we target the most likely superstars of tomorrow as they break free from the high school level and inch toward collegiate glory. 

Here are the best of the best at the McDonald's All-American Game. 

Rankings via Rivals


1. Shabazz Muhammad: 

The small forward is ranked No. 1 overall in the nation by Rivals and comes in with tremendous buzz. Most of that has to do with the fact that he has yet to choose a school. 

The fact that Kentucky is on his wish list makes things all the more ridiculous, because Muhammad has that one-and-done talent. 

He averaged 30 points and 10 rebounds in 2011-12 and lead Bishop Gorman High School to the Class 4A state championship. 


2. Kyle Anderson: 

The slick-playing point guard is ranked No. 2 in the nation by Rivals and comes in with one of the most versatile games in the nation. 

UCLA is getting quite the talent, as he can run the point-forward and has a solid perimeter game that will only get better with time. 


3. Isaiah Austin: 

Baylor may not be done with their perennial March Madness success as they will have one of the best big men coming in as a freshman. Isaiah Austin is ranked No. 5 nationally by Rivals. 

At 7'0" and 210 pounds, Austin already has an intimidating frame to work with in the paint. What makes him even more ridiculous as a prospect is his ability to handle the ball like a forward and work the perimeter.

This may be the more intriguing talent on the floor on Wednesday.