Breaking Down Top Players in 2018 McDonald's All American Game

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 22, 2018

Spartanburg Day's Zion Williamson #12 in action against Chino Hills during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Springfield,MA. Chino Hills won the game. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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Between the second weekend of the NCAA tournament and the Final Four, the future of men's basketball will be on display.

The 2018 McDonald's All American Game takes place Wednesday, March 28, at Philips Arena in Atlanta, which is the site of the South region games this weekend.

Of the 24 players on the two rosters, Duke holds the most commitments, with two players each on the East and West rosters.

Twelve different college programs will be represented at the showcase, with five other teams joining Duke with multiple recruits in the game, while three participants remain uncommitted.

Below is a look at a few players worth watching during Wednesday's exhibition.


Romeo Langford

You'll be hearing a lot about Romeo Langford over the next few weeks as he inches closer to his college decision.

The guard from Indiana narrowed his list of prospective schools to Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt, with everyone at home hoping he chooses the in-state Hoosiers.

Indiana has four players already committed in the class of 2018, but none of them compare in stature to Langford, who is the most-coveted recruit left without a school.

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If he joins up with Bill Self's Jayhawks, Langford would be the third top-20 player in the class of 2018, and he'll be filling a void left open by seniors Devonte' Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.

While it may not seem like a recruiting powerhouse at first glance, Vanderbilt is putting together quite a class to contend in the aggressive SEC.

McDonald's All American Game participants Simisola Shittu and Darius Garland are already committed to Bryce Drew's program.

What makes Langford one of the best players in the nation is his scoring ability, which should be on display during the All American Game.

There's no set timetable for Langford's collegiate decision, but it should come soon with all three schools looking to finish up their recruiting classes and shift their focus on the class of 2019.


Zion Williamson

No class of 2018 prospect has been in the spotlight more than Zion Williamson.

The 17-year-old captured our attention with his collection of highlight-reel dunks, and he further intrigued us by joining Duke's superstar class that includes R.J. Barrett, Cameron Reddish and Tre Jones.

While we expect to see a wide range of slams from Williamson in Atlanta, there's another reason to watch the future Blue Devil.

On the East roster alongside Williamson is Barrett, who is the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018.

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Although it is a showcase with little significance, Wednesday's game still provides us a glance of what the next year at Duke is going to look like.

With most of the freshmen at Duke expected to head to the NBA, Williamson and Barrett could form one of the top duos in men's basketball next season.


Bol Bol

Oregon-bound center Bol Bol is one of the top players to watch on the West roster.

Bol, who is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, stands out right away due to his height, as he stands at 7'2".

While there are plenty of natural rebounders on the West roster, Bol is the only true center on the team, and he is expected to challenge a plethora of shots in the paint.

Bol could have the same impact on the court when he reaches the Pac-12, as he'll combine with fellow McDonald's All American Louis King to try to bring the Ducks back to the top of the conference.

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In addition to the fresh wave of class of 2018 prospects entering the program, the Ducks are getting another year from forward Kenny Wooten, who announced his decision to stay at Oregon.

With Wooten and Bol patrolling the paint next season, we'll hear plenty about the freshman center, and he'll give us a taste of what's to come during Wednesday's game.


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Recruiting information obtained from 247Sports.


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