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:


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

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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

North Carolina transfer Caleb Love commits to Arizona

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Caleb Love is now headed to Arizona.

The North Carolina transfer tweeted, less than a month after decommitting from Michigan, that he will play next season with the Wildcats.

“Caleb is a tremendously talented guard who has significant experience playing college basketball at a high level,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said in a statement. “We look forward to helping Caleb grow his game at Arizona. And as we near the completion of the roster for the upcoming season, we feel great about how everything has come together. Now it’s time for the real work to start.”

A 6-foot-4 guard, Love averaged 14.6 points and 3.3 assists in three seasons at North Carolina. He averaged 17.6 points in seven NCAA Tournament games, helping lead the Tar Heels to the 2022 national championship game.

Love entered the transfer portal after leading North Carolina with 73 3-pointers as a junior and initially committed to Michigan. He decommitted from the Wolverines earlier this month, reportedly due to an admissions issue involving academic credits.

Love narrowed his transfer targets to three schools before choosing to play at Arizona over Gonzaga and Texas.

Love will likely start on a team that will have dynamic perimeter players, including Pelle Larsson, Kylan Boswell and Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley.

Biden celebrates LSU women’s and UConn men’s basketball teams at separate White House events


WASHINGTON – All of the past drama and sore feelings associated with Louisiana State’s invitation to the White House were seemingly forgotten or set aside Friday as President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcomed the championship women’s basketball team to the mansion with smiles, hugs and lavish praise all around.

The visit had once appeared in jeopardy after Jill Biden suggested that the losing Iowa team be invited, too. But none of that was mentioned as both Bidens heralded the players for their performance and the way they have helped advance women’s sports.

“Folks, we witnessed history,” the president said. “In this team, we saw hope, we saw pride and we saw purpose. It matters.”

The ceremony was halted for about 10 minutes after forward Sa’Myah Smith appeared to collapse as she and her teammates stood behind Biden. A wheelchair was brought in and coach Kim Mulkey assured the audience that Smith was fine.

LSU said in a statement that Smith felt overheated, nauseous and thought she might faint. She was evaluated by LSU and White House medical staff and was later able to rejoin the team. “She is feeling well, in good spirits, and will undergo further evaluation once back in Baton Rouge,” the LSU statement said.

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, Biden said, more than half of all college students are women, and there are now 10 times more female athletes in college and high school. He said most sports stories are still about men, and that that needs to change.

Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in federally funded education programs and activities.

“Folks, we need to support women sports, not just during the championship run but during the entire year,” President Biden said.

After the Tigers beat Iowa for the NCAA title in April in a game the first lady attended, she caused an uproar by suggesting that the Hawkeyes also come to the White House.

LSU star Angel Reese called the idea “A JOKE” and said she would prefer to visit with former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, instead. The LSU team largely is Black, while Iowa’s top player, Caitlin Clark, is white, as are most of her teammates.

Nothing came of Jill Biden’s idea and the White House only invited the Tigers. Reese ultimately said she would not skip the White House visit. She and co-captain Emily Ward presented team jerseys bearing the number “46” to Biden and the first lady. Hugs were exchanged.

Jill Biden also lavished praise on the team, saying the players showed “what it means to be a champion.”

“In this room, I see the absolute best of the best,” she said, adding that watching them play was “pure magic.”

“Every basket was pure joy and I kept thinking about how far women’s sports have come,” the first lady added, noting that she grew up before Title IX was passed. “We’ve made so much progress and we still have so much more work to do.”

The president added that “the way in which women’s sports has come along is just incredible. It’s really neat to see, since I’ve got four granddaughters.”

After Smith was helped to a wheelchair, Mulkey told the audience the player was OK.

“As you can see, we leave our mark where we go,” Mulkey joked. “Sa’Myah is fine. She’s kind of, right now, embarrassed.”

A few members of Congress and Biden aides past and present with Louisiana roots dropped what they were doing to attend the East Room event, including White House budget director Shalanda Young. Young is in the thick of negotiations with House Republicans to reach a deal by the middle of next week to stave off what would be a globally calamitous U.S. financial default if the U.S. can no longer borrow the money it needs to pay its bills.

The president, who wore a necktie in the shade of LSU’s purple, said Young, who grew up in Baton Rouge, told him, “I’m leaving the talks to be here.” Rep. Garret Graves, one of the House GOP negotiators, also attended.

Biden closed sports Friday by changing to a blue tie and welcoming the UConn’s men’s championship team for its own celebration. The Huskies won their fifth national title by defeating San Diego State, 76-59, in April.

“Congratulations to the whole UConn nation,” he said.

Marquette’s Prosper says he will stay in draft rather than returning to school

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MILWAUKEE — Olivier-Maxence Prosper announced he is keeping his name under NBA draft consideration rather than returning to Marquette.

The 6-foot-8 forward announced his decision.

“Thank you Marquette nation, my coaches, my teammates and support staff for embracing me from day one,” Prosper said in an Instagram post. “My time at Marquette has been incredible. With that being said, I will remain in the 2023 NBA Draft. I’m excited for what comes next. On to the next chapter…”

Prosper had announced last month he was entering the draft. He still could have returned to school and maintained his college eligibility by withdrawing from the draft by May 31. Prosper’s announcement indicates he instead is going ahead with his plans to turn pro.

Prosper averaged 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds last season while helping Marquette go 29-7 and win the Big East’s regular-season and tournament titles. Marquette’s season ended with a 69-60 loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

He played two seasons at Marquette after transferring from Clemson, where he spent one season.

Kansas’ Kevin McCullar Jr. returning for last season of eligibility

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Kevin McCullar Jr. said that he will return to Kansas for his final year of eligibility, likely rounding out a roster that could make the Jayhawks the preseason No. 1 next season.

McCullar transferred from Texas Tech to Kansas for last season, when he started 33 of 34 games and averaged 10.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. He was also among the nation’s leaders in steals, and along with being selected to the Big 12’s all-defensive team, the 6-foot-6 forward was a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.

“To be able to play in front of the best fans in the country; to play for the best coach in the nation, I truly believe we have the pieces to hang another banner in the Phog,” McCullar said in announcing his return.

Along with McCullar, the Jayhawks return starters Dajuan Harris Jr. and K.J. Adams from a team that went 28–8, won the Big 12 regular-season title and was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Arkansas in the second round.

Perhaps more importantly, the Jayhawks landed Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson, widely considered the best player in the portal, to anchor a lineup that was missing a true big man. They also grabbed former five-star prospect Arterio Morris, who left Texas, and Towson’s Nick Timberlake, who emerged last season as one of the best 3-point shooters in the country.

The Jayhawks also have an elite recruiting class arriving that is headlined by five-star recruit Elmarko Jackson.

McCullar declared for the draft but, after getting feedback from scouts, decided to return. He was a redshirt senior last season, but he has another year of eligibility because part of his career was played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a big day for Kansas basketball,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “Kevin is not only a terrific player but a terrific teammate. He fit in so well in year one and we’re excited about what he’ll do with our program from a leadership standpoint.”

Clemson leading scorer Hall withdraws from NBA draft, returns to Tigers

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson leading scorer PJ Hall is returning to college after withdrawing from the NBA draft on Thursday.

The 6-foot-10 forward took part in the NBA combine and posted his decision to put off the pros on social media.

Hall led the Tigers with 15.3 points per game this past season. He also led the Tigers with 37 blocks, along with 5.7 rebounds. Hall helped Clemson finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference while posting a program-record 14 league wins.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell said Hall gained experience from going through the NBA’s combine that will help the team next season. “I’m counting on him and others to help lead a very talented group,” he said.

Hall was named to the all-ACC third team last season as the Tigers went 23-10.