Being selected to the McDonald's All-American Game is the most prestigious honor for all of high school's top players. This game serves as a rite of passage for these athletes, as they continue on to promising college careers and potential spots in the NBA.
This year's game will take place on Wednesday, April 2 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. and it will air on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET. Basketball's future stars will be on display in this star-studded showcase, so be sure to tune into the action.
Let's take a look at the full roster and highlight some of the nation's brightest stars to keep an eye on.
|Justin Jackson||SF||96||North Carolina|
|Isaiah Whitehead||SG||95||Seton Hall|
|D'Angelo Russell||SG||95||Ohio State|
|Theo Pinson||SF||96||North Carolina|
|Joel Berry||PG||94||North Carolina|
Stars to Watch
Each of these athletes are incredibly impressive and are sure to put on dazzling performances. There are, however, a handful that stand out from the field. These are the stars to keep a watchful eye on during the McDonald's All-American Game.
Okafor is one of the most promising prospects in the nation. The 6'10", 256-pound center has a big frame and is an absolute force down low. His combination of size, length and deceptive athleticism make him one of the most dangerous inside threats in the game.
Jahlil Okafor is Mr. Basketball of Illinois. (Yes, that's a real award.) Here's the story on this local star: http://t.co/8JFgewVXze— Chicago magazine (@ChicagoMag) March 31, 2014
Expect to see plenty of points in the paint and excessive rebounds from Okafor.
Turner is another big man to watch. At 7'0" and 240 pounds, he has a long, athletic frame that allows him to flourish in the post. Turner runs the floor very well, with excellent speed for a big man, and can be a major cog in the transition game.
Watch for Turner to dominate down low in screen-and-roll situations.
The 6'9", 240-pound Alexander is a terrifying sight in the paint both on the offensive and defensive ends of the court. He has an aggressive style of play and attacks the rim with authority. Alexander is very active on the defensive side as well, as he's accumulated a plethora of blocked shots.
Alexander will bring a high level of intensity and will certainly be fun to watch.
Jones is one of the most mature players that will be featured here. He is a natural leader and orchestrates the offense with precision. He has a knack of making everyone around him better. Jones stands at 6'1", weighs 171 pounds and can be a big shooting threat from all over the court.
Duke's 2014 recruiting class getting some love from Coach K. Calls Tyus Jones "an outstanding leader."— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) March 26, 2014
Watch for Jones to command his team and put up big individual numbers as well.
Mudiay has tremendous size for his position—he stands at 6'5" and weighs 190 pounds. He had a tremendous physical advantage over other guards and can be a matchup nightmare. His footwork is stellar and allows him to block out defenders to create separation to get open looks.
Expect Mudiay to put up points both in the paint and from the perimeter.