How did the McDonald’s All-American committee do?
On Thursday evening the McDonald’s All-American Game announced their roster featuring 24 of the best players in the class of 2013. Now the question is how did the committee do? Which players got left out who deserved to make it, and who probably should have been left off.
First of all it is important to note that five-star prospects Julius Randle, No. 5 in the class of 2013, and Terry Rozier, No.15, were both not eligible for selection. Randle didn’t play the necessary amount of high school games due to injury and Rozier is a post graduate student so he could not be voted in either.
Even with those two out of the equation, there were some very interesting and odd selections while some more deserving players were clearly left off.
Things were definitely going to be interesting at the center position because this class is not deep in the post. Marcus Lee was going to be a lock as was Dakari Johnson. Both are five-star prospects and are deserving, however the inclusion ofKennedy Meeks was confusing.
Meeks is a good prospect, but he checks in as the No.50 prospect in the country, but more than that he simply hasn’t had a dominant senior season. Meeks is still working his way into shape, and quite honestly hasn’t been nearly as productive as a guy like Highland (Utah) Lone Peak center Eric Mika.
While Mika is No. 37 in the country, which is outside of the top 25-30 range for inclusion under normal circumstances, if the committee felt they needed a center, Mika would have definitely been the more worthy choice.
Also an argument could be made for an inclusion from Huntington (WV) Prep centerMoses Kingsley who is one of the best shot blockers in the country, but Mika really asserted himself as the most productive center this year and someone who should have been in the game given the weakness at the position.
Williams-Goss is having a very good high school season for Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, but prospects such as Tyler Ennis and Derrick Walton would both seem to be more deserving. Both are also having excellent senior seasons, and both accomplished more during the summer against the best of the best competition wise.
Ennis especially has a major gripe as he is the No. 23 prospect overall in the class, and is someone who has been extremely consistent with his play from day one, and has led his team to huge wins. Also Walton has been excellent as a senior, and once again he falls below the usual cut line at No. 42, but if the committee felt another point guard was needed, both of them would seem to fit the bill better.
Because of the lack of depth at the top both in terms of centers and to a lesser extent point guards, there was bound to be some interesting selections, and that likely led to the decisions that were made, but on the wing this class is loaded.
With all due respect to No. 35 in the country, Keith Frazier, he simply hasn’t had the kind of season needed as a senior to earn an invitation to the game. Frazier has struggled some as a senior which led to a fall in the rankings, yet he was still selected over guys like Robert Hubbs, Zach LaVine, Sindarius Thornwell, Semi Ojeleye, and Nick King.
Hubbs would especially seem to be someone who has a major gripe. Most of the voters probably never saw Hubbs play, so that probably played a part in the decision.
Overall the committee did a solid job, but once again the fact that half of the voters don’t actually watch games was obvious with some of the selections, and more aptly some of the omissions.
Keith Frazier led Texas in scoring and was one of the few players in the game that went to a public school. I'm honestly even surprised he fell after leading a team with maybe one D1 prospect to a 29-5 record.
Agree that Ennis should have made it especially after his 54 point outburst after being snubbed, but to say Ennis over Nigel Williams-Goss I can't agree with. Goss has been the most productive/best player in the number 1 high school team in the country. He definetly deserves his spot on the team. I believe Ennis should have made it just not sure who he'd make it over.
There will always be snubs because there are only a limited number of spots so they do the best they can do to pick the most deserving.
Ennis should've made it over Anthony Barber, because NWG definitely has proven that he deserves to be in this game.
Just my opinion but scout.com rankings suck.
How did Memphis commit Austin Nichols not make it?? ESPN #15