2016 McDonald’s All-American rosters announced

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Rosters for the 2016 McDonald’s All-American game were announced on Sunday and the game is headlined by Kentucky (four) having the most committed prospects in the game. Duke, Michigan State and UCLA also have two All-Americans each while four players are still undecided after eight players entered the 2015 game uncommitted.

Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington all have one McDonald’s All-American each.

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The 39th McDonald’s All-American game is scheduled for March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.

Here are the rosters for the East and West:

EAST

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, 6-foot-10, High Point Christian (High Point, NC) — committed to Kentucky
Udoka Azubuike, 6-foot-11, The Potter’s House Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) — undecided
Tony Bradley, 6-foot-11, Bartow High School (Roselle, NJ) — committed to North Carolina
Miles Bridges, 6-foot-6, Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) — committed to Michigan State
Terrance Ferguson, 6-foot-5, Advanced Preparatory International (Dallas, TX) — committed to Alabama
De’Aaron Fox, 6-foot-3, Cypress Lakes High School (Katy, TX) — committed to Kentucky
Markelle Fultz, 6-foot-4, DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) — committed to Washington
Andrew Jones, 6-foot-4, MacArthur High School (Irving, TX) — committed to Texas
Sacha Killeya-Jones, 6-foot-11, Virginia Epsiscopal School (Lynchburg, VA) — committed to Kentucky
V.J. King, 6-foot-7, Paul VI Catholic High School (Fairfax, VA) — committed to Louisville
Kobi Simmons, 6-foot-5, St. Francis High School (Alpharetta, GA) — committed to Arizona
Jayson Tatum, 6-foot-9, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis, MO) — committed to Duke

Josh Jackson (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Josh Jackson (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

WEST

Jarrett Allen, 6-foot-10, St. Stephens Episcopal School (Austin, TX) — undecided
Lonzo Ball, 6-foot-6, Chino Hills High School (Chino Hills, CA) — committed to UCLA
Marques Bolden, 6-foot-10, DeSoto High School (DeSoto, TX) — undecided
Zach Collins, 6-foot-10, Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV) — committed to Gonzaga
Alterique Gilbert, 6-foot-1, Miller Grove High School (Lithonia, GA) — committed to UConn
Kyle Guy, 6-foot-2, Lawrence Central High School (Indianapolis, IN) — committed to Virginia
Dewan Huell, 6-foot-9, Miami Norland Senior High School (Miami, FL) — committed to Miami
Frank Jackson, 6-foot-4, Lone Peak High School (Highland, UT) — committed to Duke
Josh Jackson, 6-foot-7, Prolific Prep (Windsor, CA) — undecided
Josh Langford, 6-foot-5, Madison Academy (Madison, AL) — committed to Michigan State
T.J. Leaf, 6-foot-9, Foothills Christian High School (El Cajon, CA) — committed to UCLA
Malik Monk, 6-foot-3, Bentonville High School (Bentonville, AR) — committed to Kentucky

With potential No. 1 prospect Harry Giles sitting out his senior season with a torn ACL (and a handful of top prospects being ineligible for the game) this year’s McDonald’s All-American game has some surprising inclusions.

Along with Giles, five-star point guard Dennis Smith is already enrolled early at N.C. State while Thon Maker, Rawle Alkins, Jonathan Isaac, Omari Spellman and Wenyen Gabriel were all five-star prospects who were not eligible for the McDonald’s All-American game.

That allowed for some open spots and guys like Zach Collins, Kyle Guy, Alterique Gilbert and Andrew Jones — four-star prospects entering the 2015-16 season — took advantage with good summers and senior seasons.

The biggest snubs who were nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game and didn’t make the final roster include Michigan State commit Cassius Winston, Syracuse pledge Tyus Battle, Auburn commit Mustapha Heron and Mississippi State recruit Mario Kegler.

The rosters for this year’s McDonald’s game are rather intriguing because we get to see some high-profile matchups. Potential No. 1 players in the class like Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson are on opposite teams while each team also has very talented guards. The East has De’Aaron Fox, Kobi Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Andrew Jones going against the West’s talented perimeter group that includes Malik Monk, Lonzo Ball, Frank Jackson and Josh Langford.

Big men battles should also be fun to keep track of. Kentucky’s two future big men, Bam Adebayo and Sacha Killeya-Jones, and North Carolina center Tony Bradley get to face uncommitted big men Jarrett Allen and Marques Bolden as well as Dewan Huell and T.J. Leaf.

Texas is the state with the most McDonald’s All-Americans this year with five while Florida has three and California, Georgia and Virginia each have two. Although both players are playing at out-of-state prep schools, Michigan also has two McDonald’s All-Americans with Miles Bridges and Josh Jackson.

This McDonald’s All-American game is also notable because the ACC, SEC and Pac-12 are the only conferences with multiple programs with selections. Only Michigan State (Big Ten) and Texas (Big 12) represent their respective conferences while the Big East was completely shut out of the proceedings.

Conference breakdown of McDonald’s All-Americans

ACC: 6
SEC: 5
Pac-12: 4
Big Ten: 2
Big 12: 1
WCC: 1
American: 1

Zach Edey has 19 points, No. 1 Purdue beats Michigan 75-70

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Edey had 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Fletcher Loyer finished with 17 points to help No. 1 Purdue hold off Michigan 75-70 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten) had a 15-0 run to go ahead 41-28 lead in the first half after there were 10 lead changes and four ties, but they couldn’t pull away.

The Wolverines (11-9, 5-4) were without standout freshman Jett Howard, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and still hung around until the final seconds.

Joey Baker made a 3-pointer – off the glass – with 5.9 seconds left to pull Michigan within three points, but Purdue’s Brandon Newman sealed the victory with two free throws.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Michigan slowed down Edey in the second half by pushing him away from the basket.

“They got him out a little more, and got him bottled up,” Painter said.

The 7-foot-4 Edey, though, was too tough to stop early in the game.

“He’s one of the best in the country for a reason,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “He’s very effective, especially if he’s 8 feet and in.”

With size and skills such as a hook shot, the junior center from Toronto scored Purdue’s first seven points and finished the first half 7 of 12 from the field and 1 of 2 at the line.

“He did a great job in the first half, going to his right shoulder and using his left hand,” Painter said. “He made four baskets with his left hand which is huge.”

Freshman Braden Smith had 10 points for the Boilermakers.

Purdue’s defense ultimately denied Michigan’s comeback hopes, holding a 22nd straight opponent to 70 or fewer points.

Hunter Dickinson scored 21, Kobe Bufkin had 16 points and Baker added 11 points for the Wolverines, who have lost four of their last six games.

Dickinson, a 7-1 center, matched up with Edey defensively and pulled him out of the lane offensively by making 3 of 7 3-pointers.

“Half his shots were from the 3, and that’s a little different,” Painter said. “His meat and potatoes are on that block. He’s the real deal.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Boilermakers got the top spot in the AP Top 25 this week after winning six games, a stretch that followed a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3 that dropped them from No. 1 in the poll. Purdue improved to 7-2 as the top-ranked team.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Edey can’t beat teams by himself and he’s surrounded by a lot of role players and a potential standout in Loyer. The 6-4 guard was the Big Ten player of the week earlier this month, become the first Boilermaker freshman to win the award since Robbie Hummel in 2008.

“Fletcher is somebody who has played better in the second half, and on the road,” Painter said.

Michigan: Jett Howard’s health is a critical factor for the Wolverines, who will have some work to do over the second half of the Big Ten season to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Howard averages 14.6 points and is the most dynamic player on his father’s team.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Boilermakers were away from home for 12 of 23 days, winning all five of their road games. They won at Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan for the first time since the 1997-98 season and beat the Spartans and Wolverines on their home court in the same season for the first time in 12 years.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Hosts Michigan State on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the Boilermakers beat the Spartans by a point on Edey’s shot with 2.2 seconds left.

Michigan: Plays at Penn State on Sunday.

Miller scores 23, No. 10 Maryland tops No. 13 Michigan 72-64

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Diamond Miller scored 23 points, and No. 10 Maryland closed the first quarter with a 13-2 run and led the rest of the way in a 72-64 victory over No. 13 Michigan on Thursday night.

Abby Meyers contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (17-4, 8-2), who won for the 10th time in 11 games. Lavender Briggs scored 14 points and Shyanne Sellers added 13.

Maryland gained a measure of revenge after losing twice to Michigan last season – including a 20-point rout in College Park.

Leigha Brown led the Wolverines with 16 points.

Michigan (16-5, 6-4) led 13-9 in the first quarter before a three-point play by Miller started Maryland’s big run. Briggs and Faith Masonius made 3-pointers during that stretch.

The Terps pushed the lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Wolverines were able to chip away. Miller sat for a bit with four fouls, and Michigan cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines still wasted too many possessions with turnovers to mount much of a comeback.

Michigan ended up with 24 turnovers, and Maryland had a 25-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Miller fouled out with 2:19 remaining, but even after those two free throws, the Terps led 65-57 and had little trouble holding on.

Michigan lost for the second time in four days against a top-10 opponent. No. 6 Indiana beat the Wolverines 92-83 on Monday.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: Whether it was against Maryland’s press or in their half-court offense, the Wolverines turned the ball over too much to score consistently. This was a lower-scoring game than the loss to Indiana, but the margin ended up being similar.

Maryland: While Miller clearly led the way, the Terps had plenty of offensive contributors. They also held Michigan to 13 points below its season average entering the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Wolverines have appeared in 48 straight AP polls, and although a two-loss week could certainly drop them, the quality of their opponents could save them from a substantial plunge.

Maryland is tied for 10th with an Iowa team that beat No. 2 Ohio State on Monday night. Now the Terps can boast an impressive victory of their own.

UP NEXT

Michigan: The Wolverines play their third game of the week when they visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Maryland: The Terps host Penn State on Monday night.

 

Boum, Jones lead No. 13 Xavier over No. 19 UConn, 82-79

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STORRS, Conn. – Souley Boum scored 21 points, Colby Jones added 20 and No. 13 Xavier went on the road and held off No. 19 Connecticut 82-79 Wednesday night.

The win was the 13th in 14 games for the Musketeers (17-4, 9-1 Big East) and it gave them a season sweep over the struggling Huskies (16-6, 5-6).

Jack Nunge had 12 points and Jerome Hunter added 11 for Xavier, which led by 17 in the first half and 39-24 at halftime.

Jordan Hawkins scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half for UConn, leading a comeback that fell just short.

Tristen Newton added 23 points for the Huskies, who won their first 14 games this season but have dropped six of eight since.

The Musketeers never trailed but had to withstand UConn runs that cut the lead to a single point four times in the second half.

A three-point play from Hawkins made it 78-77 with 2:40 left. But a second-chance layup from Nunge put the lead at 80-77 just over a minute later.

Newton was fouled with two seconds left by Desmond Claude, but his apparent attempt to miss his second free throw went into the basket.

Boum then hit two free throws at the other end, and Newton’s final attempt from just beyond halfcourt was well short.

Xavier jumped out to a 9-0 lead as UConn missed its first nine shots.

A 3-pointer from Zach Freemantle gave the Musketeers their first double-digit lead at 20-9, and another from Jones pushed it to 35-18.

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: The Musketeers lead the Big East, and the win over UConn was their ninth conference victory this season, eclipsing their total from last season.

UConn: The Huskies came in with a 17-game winning streak at Gampel Pavilion dating to February 2021. They fell to 1-4 against the four teams in front of them in the Big East standings. The lone win came at Gampel against Creighton.

UP NEXT

Xavier: The Musketeers continue their road trip with a visit to Creighton on Saturday.

UConn: Doesn’t play again until next Tuesday, when the Huskies visit DePaul.

No. 12 Iowa State holds on to beat No. 5 Kansas State 80-76

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AMES, Iowa – Jaren Holmes matched his season high with 23 points as No. 12 Iowa State held on to beat No. 5 Kansas State 80-76 on Tuesday night.

The Cyclones (15-4, 6-2 Big 12) moved into a three-way tie atop the conference standings with the Wildcats and Texas.

Gabe Kalscheur added 19 points for Iowa State. Osun Osunniyi finished with 16.

Markquis Nowell led Kansas State (17-3, 6-2) with 23 points.

A 3-pointer from Holmes gave Iowa State a 59-49 advantage with 8:12 remaining. Kansas State responded with a 10-1 run to trim the margin to 60-59.

Caleb Grill’s 3-pointer steadied the Cyclones and pushed the lead back to 63-59 with five minutes left.

Free throws by Osunniyi, Grill and Holmes sealed the victory in the final 24 seconds.

The first half featured eight lead changes and ended with Kansas State up 33-31.

A 3-pointer by Kalscheur ignited an early 9-0 run for the Cyclones and helped them build a 19-14 lead. Iowa State made just one of nine 3-point tries in the first 20 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State was trying to extend its best start to a season since 1961-62.

Iowa State improved to 11-0 at home. The Cyclones have not lost back-to-back games this season.

UP NEXT

Kansas State hosts Florida on Saturday as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Iowa State travels to Missouri on Saturday.

Georgetown snaps 29-game conference losing streak

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WASHINGTON – Primo Spears scored 21 points and Georgetown snapped a 29-game conference losing streak with an 81-76 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night.

Georgetown (6-15, 1-9) won its first Big East game since March 13, 2021, ending the longest skid in the history of the conference. The Hoyas also ended a 10-game losing streak this season.

Spears also contributed six assists for the Hoyas. Akok Akok scored 12 points and added six rebounds and four blocks and Brandon Murray recorded 12 points.

Umoja Gibson led the Blue Demons (9-12, 3-7) in scoring, finishing with 24 points, four assists and three steals. Javan Johnson added 13 points.

Spears scored nine points in the first half and Georgetown went into the break trailing 37-36. Georgetown used a 10-0 run in the second half to build a 12-point lead at 75-63 with 1:39 remaining.