McDonald's All-American Game 2013: Biggest Names to Watch For

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2013

Once again, the McDonald's All-American Game will be a coming-out party for some of the top names in high school basketball.

College basketball and NBA fans looking to see the future stars of the sport can view many of them in this all-star showcase. 

While few of these men are household names at this point, that will change soon as they look to dominate the college ranks next season. Here are the top names to watch in the April 3 game in Chicago.

Note: All photos courtesy of 247 Sports.


Julius Randle, PF

The Kentucky commit missed much of his senior season due to a foot injury, but he is now healthy and was a late addition to this game's roster, according to Jason Jordan of USA Today.

Julius Randle is one of the top recruits in the country due to his ability to be a dominant interior player. He can do it all when he is close to the basket, including scoring, rebounding and blocking shots.

Most importantly, he has a great motor that allows him to simply work harder for rebounds than anyone else on the court.

In a game that features mostly perimeter players, Randle should be a force inside from beginning to end.


Aaron Gordon, PF

Aaron Gordon would have excelled at any school in the country, but he announced that he will play at Arizona next season, according to Dave Telep of ESPN.

He is one of the best pure athletes in the class, with the ability to seemingly bounce off the court like he is on a trampoline. This helps him get to rebounds easily, as well as block shots consistently without committing fouls.

On the offensive end, he uses this ability to get elevation on jump shots or to throw down some terrifying slams, which were on display during the dunk contest on Monday night.

There will likely be some huge alley-oops in this game (and for the rest of his career) as there is almost no lob he cannot reach.


Andrew Wiggins, SF

In a game full of the best players in the country, Andrew Wiggins stands out above the rest. There is a reason that he is the No. 1 recruit in the class, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings.

The small forward is incredibly versatile with the ability to score in a number of different ways. He can drive to the lane like a point guard, shoot like shooting guard or post up like a forward.

On defense, his quickness and athleticism allow him to cover a number of different positions, which certainly makes things easier on a head coach.

Wiggins is likely to take control in this event and is a good bet to be the game's leading scorer. Of course, this is just a preview of what is certain to be a fantastic career in the college and professional ranks.


Full Rosters (via ESPN)


Player 247 Composite Ranking High School College
Anthony Barber 21 Hampton  NC State 
Keith Frazier 30  Kimball  Undecided 
Kasey Hill 8 Montverde Academy Florida
Demetrius Jackson 25  Marian High  Notre Dame 
Andrew Wiggins 1 Huntington Prep Undecided
Isaiah Hicks 13  J F Webb  North Carolina 
Rondae Jefferson  14  Chester  Arizona 
Wayne Selden  17  Tilton School  Kansas 
Noah Vonleh  New Hampton School Indiana 
Chris Walker  10  Holmes County  Florida 
Dakari Johnson  11  Montverde Academy  Kentucky 
Kennedy Meeks  49  West Charlotte  North Carolina 
Julius Randle 2 Prestonwood Christian Kentucky



Player 247 Composite Ranking High School College
Isaac Hamilton 22  St. John Bosco  UTEP
Aaron Harrison  Travis  Kentucky 
Andrew Harrison Travis  Kentucky
Matt Jones  32  DeSoto  Duke 
Nigel Williams-Goss  41  Findlay Prep  Washington 
Jabari Bird  18  Salesian  California 
Aaron Gordon  Archbishop Mitty  Arizona
Jarrell Martin  12 Madison  LSU 
Jabari Parker  Simeon  Duke 
James Young  Rochester  Kentucky 
Marcus Lee  15 Deer Valley  Kentucky 
Bobby Portis Jr.  16  Hall  Arkansas