2015 McDonald’s All-American rosters announced

Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown

Rosters for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game were announced on Wednesday and the game is headlined by eight uncommitted players out of the game’s 24 roster spots. Duke and LSU currently have the most commitments in the game with two each, but that number is sure to change once the uncommitted All-Americans begin to make verbal commitments this spring.

The 38th McDonald’s All-American Game is scheduled for April 1 at the United Center in Chicago.

You can find each player’s Rivals page by clicking the link on their name. The College Basketball Talk commitment story — or latest recruiting update — for each player is also linked to each player’s college choice.

Here are the rosters for the East and West:


Dwayne Bacon, 6-foot-6, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) — committed to Florida State
Antonio Blakeney, 6-foot-4, Oak Ridge High School (Orlando, FL) — committed to LSU
Isaiah Briscoe, 6-foot-3, Roselle Catholic High School (Roselle, NJ) — committed to Kentucky
Jaylen Brown, 6-foot-7, Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA) — undecided
Thomas Bryant, 6-foot-10, Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) — undecided
Cheick Diallo, 6-foot-9, Our Savior New American School (Centereach, NY) — undecided
Henry Ellenson, 6-foot-10, Rice Lake High School (Rice Lake, WI) — committed to Marquette
Jawun Evans, 6-foot, Justin F. Kimball High School (Dallas, TX) — committed to Oklahoma State
Luke Kennard, 6-foot-5, Franklin High School (Franklin, OH) — committed to Duke
Dedric Lawson, 6-foot-8, Hamilton High School (Memphis, TN) — committed to Memphis
Ben Simmons, 6-foot-9, Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) — committed to LSU
Diamond Stone, 6-foot-10, Dominican High School (Whitefish Bay, WI) — committed to Maryland

Malik Newman and Chase Jeter


Carlton Bragg, 6-foot-9, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (Cleveland, OH) — committed to Kansas
Jalen Brunson, 6-foot-1, Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL) — committed to Villanova
Deyonta Davis, 6-foot-9, Muskegon High School (Muskegon, MI) — committed to Michigan State
P.J. Dozier, Jr., 6-foot-6, Spring Valley High School (Columbia, SC) — committed to South Carolina
Brandon Ingram, 6-foot-8, Kinston High School (Kinston, NC) — undecided
Chase Jeter, 6-foot-10, Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV) — committed to Duke
Malik Newman, 6-foot-3, Callaway High School (Jackson, MS) — undecided
Ivan Rabb, 6-foot-10, Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, CA) — undecided
Malachi Richardson, 6-foot-6, Trenton Catholic Academy (Trenton, NJ) — committed to Syracuse
Caleb Swanigan, 6-foot-8, Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, IN) — undecided
Allonzo Trier, 6-foot-4, Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) — committed to Arizona
Stephen Zimmerman, 7-foot, Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV) — undecided

Among the biggest surprises on the 2015 roster include 6-foot-10 big man Thomas Bryant and 6-foot-6 South Carolina commit P.J. Dozier, Jr. Both players are regarded as four-star prospects, according to Rivals, and got into the game thanks to big summers and senior seasons in high school.

Since Kentucky commit Skal Labissiere, a five-star center, was ruled ineligible for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game, the game’s biggest snub goes to California native and five-star guard Tyler Dorsey. The 6-foot-4 Dorsey has scored 40-plus points in eight of his last 10 high school games this season and leads a list of five-star players left out of the game that also includes Texas A&M commit and big man Elijah Thomas and Arizona commit and guard Justin Simon. UConn commit and guard Jalen Adams is the only other healthy Rivals five-star prospect to miss the cut for the game and he isn’t eligible for the McDonald’s All-American game as a fifth-year player. Five-star small forward and Arizona commit Ray Smith wasn’t included after tearing his ACL this summer and missing his senior season.

Looking to the 2015-16 college basketball season, the ACC and SEC currently leads with four McDonald’s All-Americans each while the Big East and Big 12 both have two pledges each. The American, Big Ten and Pac-12 each currently have one player in the game. Again, these conference commitment numbers will fluctuate quite a bit with the impending commitments of nine of the game’s participants.

Although the McDonald’s All-American game is a fun nationally-televised showcase, the practices leading up to the game are the most important part of the week. NBA scouts and some general managers attend to get some of their first glimpses at the future top talent entering college basketball next season. The players tend to have fun in the game and play incredibly hard in the practices. The final top-100 rankings you see from websites like Rivals are often predicated on how these guys match up against each other in the game’s practices during the week.

The battle for the No. 1 spot in the 2015 class is still up for debate in recruiting circles with Australia native Ben Simmons and Georgia small forward Jaylen Brown generating the most buzz to finish at the top.

Positional battles that will be fun to watch include the battle for best point guard between the East’s Isaiah Briscoe and Jawun Evans and the West’s Jalen Brunson as well as the battle at shooting guard between the East’s Antonio Blakeney and the West’s Malik Newman.

Lots of intriguing matchups will also go down inside as the 2015 class includes a bevy of talented front-court players. Top-ten big men Diamond Stone and Cheick Diallo are both on the East while the West has three top-ten bigs in Ivan Rabb and high school teammates Chase Jeter and Stephen Zimmerman.

37th Annual McDonald’s All American Game rosters announced

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On Wednesday the rosters for the 37th annual McDonald’s All American Game were announced, with the game scheduled to be played on April 2 at the United Center in Chicago. Two of the players showcased call the Windy City home, with Cliff Alexander (East) and Jahlil Okafor (West) both being named McDonald’s All Americans. Of the 24 players selected 22 have picked the college they’ll attend next year, with East center Myles Turner and West shooting guard Rashad Vaughn being the exceptions.

Duke and Kentucky lead the way from a college representation standpoint, with each school claiming for players in this year’s game. Duke will have two commitments on each team, with point guard Tyus Jones and small forward Justise Winslow playing for the East and Okafor being joined by shooting guard Grayson Allen on the West roster. As for Kentucky three of their commits are on the West roster (Devin Booker, Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis) with center Karl Towns Jr. playing for the East.

North Carolina is next in line with three McDonald’s All Americans, with Kansas and UCLA having two apiece. In total 11 colleges are represented including SMU, which has a McDonald’s All American for the second consecutive year with Emmanuel Mudiay following in the footsteps of Keith Frazier. Given where the program was prior to Larry Brown’s arrival, that’s a notable achievement.

Below are the rosters for the two teams, listing schools, the player’s hometown and the college they’ll be attending.


PF Cliff Alexander (Curie HS, Chicago, Ill.) Kansas
SG James Blackmon Jr. (Marion HS, Marion, Ind.) Indiana
SF Justin Jackson (Homeschool Christian, Tomball, Texas) North Carolina
PG Tyus Jones (Apple Valley HS, Apple Valley, Minn.) Duke
PF Kevon Looney (Hamilton HS, Milwaukee, Wis.) UCLA
SF Theo Pinson (Wesleyan Christian, Greensboro, N.C.) North Carolina
SG D’Angelo Russell (Montverde Academy, Louisville, Ky.) Ohio State
C Karl Towns Jr. (St. Joseph HS, Metuchen, N.J.) Kentucky
PG Romelo Trimble (Bishop O’Connell HS, Upper Marlboro, Md.) Maryland
C Myles Turner (Trinity HS, Bedford, Texas) Undecided
SG Isaiah Whitehead (Abraham Lincoln HS, Brooklyn, N.Y.) Seton Hall
SF Justise Winslow (Saint John’s HS, Houston, Texas) Duke


SG Grayson Allen (Providence HS, Jacksonville, Fla.) Duke
PG Joel Berry (Lake Highland Prep, Apopka, Fla.) North Carolina
SG Devin Booker (Moss Point HS, Moss Point, Miss.) Kentucky
SF Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei HS, Fullerton, Calif.) Arizona
PF Trey Lyles (Arsenal Tech, Indianapolis, Ind.) Kentucky
PG Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep Academy, Dallas, Texas) SMU
C Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young HS, Chicago, Ill.) Duke
SF Kelly Oubre (Findlay Prep, Richmond, Texas) Kansas
PF Reid Travis (De La Salle HS, Minneapolis, Minn.) Stanford
PG Tyler Ulis (Marian Catholic, Matteson, Ill.) Kentucky
SG Rashad Vaughn (Findlay Prep, Golden Valley, Minn.) Undecided
C Thomas Welsh (Loyola HS, Los Angeles, Calif.) UCLA

Aaron Gordon wins MVP of McDonald’s All-American Game


Aaron Gordon capped off an eventful week in the best way a high school star could hope for, scoring 24 points and grabbing eight rebounds on his way to winning the MVP away at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago, Ill., Wednesday. His West team defeated the East, 110-99.

Gordon committed to coach Sean Miller and Arizona earlier in the week in a press conference announcement at the event. He joins a recruiting class that includes fellow McDonald’s All-American Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Top 100 guard Elliott Pitts.

The game was also billed as the first national peek for many at Andrew Wiggins, considered the best prep player in the nation. Wiggins had 19 points for the East and remains uncommitted to a school. He is considering Kentucky, Kansas, Florida State, and North Carolina.

The player who was ranked No. 1 in the nation prior to Wiggins’ reclassification was Jabari Parker, another All-American. Parker finished with 10 points and eight rebounds to help the West to a win. He is committed to play for Duke next season.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_