There is still plenty of regular season hoops left, but the stage is already getting set for the McDonald’s All-American Game. The roster for the 38th installment of the game was announced on Wednesday in preparation for the game, which will take place at the United Center in Chicago. And from the look of the roster, the week of practices mixed with the nationally-televised tilt on April 1 is sure to be one for the books with the mix of top-ranked college prospects–both signed and undecided.
As pointed out by CollegeBasketballTalk.com there are nine uncommitted players highlighting this year’s roster. With the festivities leading up to the actual game rivaling pro sports media scrums–you can thank the presence of NBA managers and scouts at the pre-week practices for that–it will be very entertaining to both watch how these seniors perform and also speculate as to what programs they might land with. Highlighting the list of undecided participants are small forward Jaylen Brown — ranked second on ESPN’s recruiting database — and shooting guard Malik Newman, two of the top-ranked prospects in the nation. Gauging how these participants will perform mixed with the anticipation of where they decide to sign is part of what makes the McDonald’s game extra interesting.
Not to say that the roster-elects who have already chosen schools aren’t going to be a joy to watch. Leading the list in commitments are Duke and LSU, and future Tigers Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney are sure to put on quite a show. Florida native Blakeney caught national attention earlier this season due to his massive size and shooting ability, and the position battle between him and Newman is already garnering buzz. Of course eyes will be on Simmons, with his incredible speed and stellar ball-handling. Sure the two played AAU ball together, but the McD’s game should be an even better preview of how the two will play in Baton Rouge next year.
You can see the complete rosters for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game, here.
*Section Photo credit to Montverde Academy; Featured Photo (above) credit to David Grunfeld, Times-Picayune