McDonald's All-American Game 2017: Players to Watch from East and West Rosters

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2017

Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American guard Trevon Duval (1) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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On Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago, we will get a glimpse at the future of basketball.

The 2017 McDonald's All-American Game features a slew of next-level prospects bound for the likes of Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, UCLA, Missouri, Oklahoma and others.

DeAndre Ayton and Michael Porter Jr., Scout's No. 1 and No. 5 overall players, headline the West team, while Mohamed Bamba, Trevon Duval and Wendell Carter—ranked No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively—spearhead the East.

Below you will find all you need to know heading into the McDAAG, including two players to keep a particular eye on.

Rosters

EAST
No.NamePos.Ht.WeightHigh SchoolCollege
11Mohamed BambaC6'11"210Westtown School (West Chester, PA)undecided
34Wendell Carter Jr.PF6'9"254Pace Academy (Atlanta)Duke
1Trevon DuvalPG6'3"183IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)undecided
0Quade GreenPG6'1"170SS. Neumann Goretti High School (Philadelphia)Kentucky
23Kevin Knox IISF6'8"203Tampa Catholic High School (Tampa, FL)undecided
4Nicholas RichardsC6'11"250The Patrick School (Hillside, NJ)Kentucky
22Mitchell RobinsonC6'11"215Chalmette High School (Chalmette, LA)Western Kentucky
10Collin SextonSG6'3"175Pebblebrook High School (Mableton, GA)Alabama
2Jarred VanderbiltPF6'8"200Victory Prep Academy (Houston)Kentucky
14Lonnie Walker IVSG6'4"192Reading High School (Reading, PA)Miami
25PJ Washington Jr.PF6'8"225Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV)Kentucky
31Kris WilkesF6'7"194North Central High School (Indianapolis)UCLA
WEST
0DeAndre AytonC7'0"220Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix)Arizona
20Brian "Tugs" Bowen IISF6'7"190La Lumiere School (La Porte, IN)undecided
5Troy Brown Jr.SF6'7"215Centennial High School (Las Vegas)Oregon
3Jaylen HandsPG6'3"170Foothills Christian High School (El Cajon, CA)UCLA
8Jaren Jackson Jr.PF6'11"225La Lumiere School (La Porte, IN)Michigan State
44Brandon L. McCoyC6'11"244Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego)undecided
21Charles O'Bannon Jr.SF6'6"200Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas)USC
1Michael Porter Jr.SF6'10"212Nathan Hale High School (Seattle)Missouri
23Billy PrestonPF6'10"230Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)Kansas
2Gary Trent Jr.SG6'5"200Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, CA)Duke
24MJ WalkerSG6'5"207Jonesboro High (Jonesboro, GA)undecided
11Trae YoungPG6'2"170Norman North High School (Norman, OK)Oklahoma
McDonald's All-American Game

Game Info

LocationDateTimeHow to watch
United Center (Chicago)Wednesday, March 297 p.m. ETESPN
USA Today

East

Trevon Duval

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Undecided Delaware native Trevon Duval has narrowed his college choices down to five: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Kansas and Seton Hall. He's taken official visits to all five, according to Eric Bossi of Rivals.com.

Duval abuses rims in a fashion that would bring a menacing smile to Russell Westbrook's face. But he's more than just a dunker. DraftExpress' Julian Applebome praised Duval's handles in his pro scouting report:

Duval is an elite ball handler who can get into the paint out of isolation situations, and often freezes his defenders with advanced crossover dribbles and hesitation moves. He's got an extra gear he can get to in the open floor, and is a dynamic finisher in transition with the explosive ability to finish above the rim or in traffic with creative body control.

The IMG Academy guard is a willing passer who frees up teammates with his aggressive drives. While far from a marksman from the outside, you can teach a jumper.

You can't really teach this:

It's easy to see why Duval is Scout's No. 1 point guard and No. 3 overall prospect in the 2017 class. The kid is a freak.

Duval, who's played for the NJ Playaz AAU program (hence the interest in Seton Hall), told Rivals.com's Krysten Peek he hopes to make a college decision "sometime in April," but it go into early May.

Keep an eye on how he interacts with other players during the game. Recruiting isn't limited to talks off the court.

West

DeAndre Ayton

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The landscape of today's budding NBA stars has become dominated by skilled giants.

You know the names (Kristaps Porzingis, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo), and you know the term often attached to them: Unicorn.

Started by Kevin Durant, who was speaking about the New York Knicks big man, the moniker has become a way to describe players who, 20 years ago, we would've believed were mythical creatures.

DeAndre Ayton, Scout's No. 1 overall player, wants to join that list.

As noted by SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell, "Ayton's most recent measurement at the 2016 Nike Hoops Summit listed him at seven feet tall, 243 pounds with a 7'5" wingspan."

Yeah, that's big.

But his size doesn't seem to limit the star from Phoenix's Hillcrest Prep the way it does other young gargantuans. He's already comfortable with his massive frame, which allows him to play smoothly, like Porzingis—and that's by design.

Scout.com's Evan Daniels asked Ayton about NBA comparisons last May, and the teenager only thought of one initially.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27:  Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks heads for the net as Jon Leuer #30 of the Detroit Pistons defends at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that
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"I would say there's one: Anthony Davis," Ayton said. "Actually to be honest, I'm in love with [Kristaps] Porzingis, though. We have the same gam, to be honest. Same exact game. He can shoot. He can put the ball on the floor and go to the rim and he can post up."

Next year, Ayton will give Sean Miller's Arizona Wildcats one of the most unique weapons in college hoops. On Wednesday night, the nation will get a preview of that unicorn skill set.

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