McDonald's All-American Game 2017: Roster, TV Schedule and Top Prospects

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2017

FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, Nathan Hale forward Michael Porter Jr. dribbles downcourt against Garfield in the first half of the Washington state boys 3A high school basketball championship in Tacoma, Wash. The University of Washington released Porter from his national letter of intent. The university confirmed the decision  on Thursday, March 23, 2017, one day after new Washington coach Mike Hopkins was formally introduced. Porter is widely regarded as the top high school senior in the country.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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Just before March Madness continues at the Final Four, the next wave of big-name NCAA basketball players will steal the spotlight in the 40th annual McDonald's All-American Game.

Some of the top high school players from around the country will be in Chicago this week to play in the 2017 edition. To get a glimpse at the guys who will dominate future NCAA tournaments, tune into the game on Wednesday.

TV Schedule

16th Annual McDonald's All-American Games (Girls)

5 p.m. ET, ESPN2

40th Annual McDonald's All-American Games (Boys)

7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Roster

2017 McDonald's All-American High School Boys Basketball Team
East Team
#NamePosHgtWgtHigh SchoolCollegeScout Rank
11Mohamed BambaC6'11"210Westtown School (West Chester, PA)undecided2
34Wendell CarterPF6'9"254Pace Academy (Atlanta)Duke4
1Trevon DuvalPG6'3"183IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)undecided3
0Quade GreenPG6'1"170SS. Neumann Goretti High School (Philadelphia)Kentucky24
23Kevin Knox IISF6'8"203Tampa Catholic High School (Tampa, FL)undecided7
4Nicholas RichardsC6'11"250The Patrick School (Hillside, NJ)Kentucky16
22Mitchell RobinstonC6'11"215Chalmette High School (Chalmette, LA)Western Kentucky6
10Collin SextonSG6'3"175Pebblebrook High School (Mableton, GA)Alabama9
2Jarred VanderbiltPF6'8"200Victory Prep Academy (Houston)Kentucky14
14Lonnie Walker IVSG6'4"192Reading High School (Reading, PA)Miami22
25P.J. Washington Jr.PF6'8"225Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV)Kentucky13
31Kris WilkesSF6'7"194North Central High School (Indianapolis)UCLA17
West Team
#NamePosHgtWgtHigh SchoolCollegeScout Rank
0DeAndre AytonC7'0"220Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix)Arizona1
20Brian "Tugs" Bowen IISF6'7"190La Lumiere School (La Porte, IN)undecided19
5Troy Brown Jr.SF6'7"215Centennial High School (Las Vegas)Oregon11
3Jaylen HandsPG6'3"170Foothills Christian High School (El Cajon, CA)UCLA26
8Jaren Jackson Jr.PF6'11"225La Lumiere School (La Porte, IN)Michigan State28
44Brandon L. McCoyC6'11"244Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego)undecided8
21Charles O'Bannon Jr.SF6'6"200Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas)USC81
1Michael Porter Jr.SF6'10"212Nathan Hale High School (Seattle)Missouri5
23Billy PrestonPF6'10"230Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)Kansas15
2Gary Trent Jr.SG6'5"200Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, CA)Duke12
24M.J. WalkerSG6'5"207Jonesboro High (Jonesboro, GA)undecided23
11Trae YoungPG6'2"170Norman North High School (Norman, OK)Oklahoma21
McDonaldsAllAmerican.com, Scout.com

Prospects to Watch

Michael Porter Jr.

One of the top recruits in the nation this season is Seattle's Michael Porter Jr., a 6'10" forward who averaged 34.8 points and 13.8 rebounds as a senior. He led his school, Nathan Hale, to an undefeated season and its first state title since 1992, per Molly Blue of The Oregonian.

"I'm getting spoiled in my first year coaching him," Porter's coach, three-time NBA All-Star Brandon Roy, said, per MassLive's Tom Westerholm. "He's a great player."

And it's probably safe to assume that over the course of the season, Roy has helped Porter add to that greatness.

"In the gym, he's teaching me NBA-guy stuff all the time," Porter said, per Westerholm. That's what makes Porter so intriguing. Even at 18, so much about his game already screams NBA—the guard skills in a 6'10" frame, the quick release and the mechanics on his pull-up jumper. And then when you think about all that being honed by someone like Roy, it's easy to understand why he's so exciting.

And then when you think about all that being honed by someone like Roy, it's easy to understand why he's so exciting.

DeAndre Ayton

Arizona commit DeAndre Ayton may be the most physically gifted prospect in Wednesday's game. He's seven feet tall, with a 7'6" wingspan, and gets up and down the floor with ease.

His explosiveness will make him a serious weapon in pick-and-rolls and around the rim on defense. But it looks like that's not the extent of his game. He has a decent repertoire of post moves and hints of a budding face-up game.

CBSSports.com' Matt Norlander wrote about versatility in September:

In specific terms of his skill, Ayton is highly regarded because there have been so few players similar to him over the past 10 years. He's very long, very strong, has touch from mid-range and has a good passing eye for a center. He's got a skill set that is moldable. He could be a modern big, a center with range and dynamism -- making him one of the most intriguing prospects in recent years -- or he could develop into a true low-post force, if that's where he wants to take his game. He's an elite defender as well."

There's so much potential with Ayton. And any of the potential outcomes listed by Norlander are enticing. He's well worth a watch on Wednesday, as well as next season with Arizona. 

Wendell Carter

Duke's newfound tradition of bringing in top-flight one-and-done prospects continues with 6'9" Wendell Carter, who averaged 21.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.5 blocks on the way to a Georgia state title as a senior.

And according to ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello, he has two gold medals with USA Basketball to go with that state title.

With Amile Jefferson graduating and Harry Giles likely heading for the NBA draft, Carter should have an opportunity to play right away for the Blue Devils.

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