McDonald's All-American Predictions
The rosters get announced tonight at 5:30 ET I believe, but I just wanted to make my predictions. The McD's All-Americans are not the end all be all of draft prospects, but certainly a number of the best draft prospects and NBA players since the late 70's have been a part of the game. I am looking forward to seeing who makes it. I am guessing that Quincy Miller will unfortunately be left off the list and I know that due to Michael Gbinije being held back a year he is not allowed to play in the game. Really, I am going to wing it and just merely predict based off of what I have seen and heard. My guess is as good as yours likely, so feel free to make your own list.
SG Austin Rivers: Duke
SF Mike Gilchrist: Kentucky
PG Quinn Cook: Duke
PG Shannon Scott: Ohio State
SG Kentavious Caldwell: Georgia
SG PJ Hairston: North Carolina
SF Dorian Finney-Smith: Virginia Tech
PF James McAdoo: North Carolina
C Rakeem Christmas: Syracuse
SG Deuce Bello: Baylor
C Johnny O'Bryant: LSU
SG Michael Carter-Williams: Syracuse
PF Anthony Davis: Kentucky
PG Marquis Teague: Kentucky
PG Myck Kabongo: Texas
SG Tony Wroten: Washington
SF Branden Dawson: Michigan State
C Cody Zeller: Indiana
PF Kyle Wiltjer: Kentucky
SF LeBryan Nash: Oklahoma State
SG Jabari Brown: Oregon
SF Adonis Thomas: Memphis
SG Nick Johnson: Arizona
SF Wayne Blackshear: Louisville
A few I think have a good chance of making it are of course Khem Birch, though I do not know if he will with the re-classification. Trevor Lacey of course has been scoring huge, but Ryan Harrow did much of the same and was left off of the team due to a deep class at PG. The wing position seems to be stacked, and the post this year not so much, and I am guessing they choose accordingly. Josiah Turner transferred High Schools, and BJ Young/Rodney Hood might just be odd man out. Jahii Carson would be a lot of fun to have in the game, my guess is that kid can thrown down in the dunk contest. Other possibilities include Amir Williams (Ohio State), Jakarr Sampson (St. John's), Chane Behanan (Louisville) and Levi Randolph (Alabama). Of the uncommitted players, DeAndre Daniels, Ben McLemore and super sleeper Otto Porter also have chances. I think the East would be favored in this match-up, but it could get really interesting. Hopefully it would be as close a game as last year.
Good list. I'm hoping that Gary Bell (Gonzaga) makes it as well, but there is a ton of talent in the class of 2011
they are gonna own....
ps....I love Gary Bell dude can drill it....
Lol the West has too much going on to be stopped. What I really wanna see is how the minutes are distributed amongst Teague and Kabongo. I personally think Teague is the better all around player but Myck is just built for these kinda games and can set records in assists due to all the offensive firepower around him. Dont you think Deandre Daniels deserves some recognition as well (please recommit to texas).
Wouldnt be surprised if leading scorers for both teams are Nick Johnson and Austin Rivers.
Deuce Bello = Slam Dunk Contest champ.
good list, it might be a good game
I really do hope Finney-Smith makes the roster, he doesn't get the recognition that everyone else gets. His squad knocked off Findlay Prep this year at home. It's rare that players of his caliber in the 757 VA area stay at a public school & not go the prep route when they have that much talent. His brother Ben Finney who plays for ODU went the prep route to Hargrave to get the exposure. People who maybe familar with Ben may not know this, but he was an excellent WR on the football field. He has the VA HS state record for receiving yards in a game with over 300 yards receiving.
Why does Quincy Miller have to be injured during the most important time of the year......SHEESH :/
I wonder is Stanford recruit Chasson Randle will get picked since the game is in Chi-town
Its going to be the Wroten and Nash show!
Brad Beal – Florida – No. 8
Chane Behanan – Louisville – No. 27
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Georgia -- No. 13
Michael Carter-Williams – Syracuse -- No. 30
Rakeem Christmas – Syracuse – No. 16
Quinn Cook – Duke – No. 21
Michael Gilchrist – Kentucky – No. 4
P.J. Hairston – North Carolina – No. 20
James McAdoo – North Carolina – No. 7
Johnny O’Bryant – LSU – No. 25
Marshall Plumlee – Duke – No. 67
Shannon Scott – Ohio State – No. 38
Khem Birch – Pittsburgh – No. 10
Wayne Blackshear – Louisville – No. 12
Anthony Davis – Kentucky – No. 1
Branden Dawson – Michigan State – No. 18
Myck Kabongo – Texas – No. 11
LeBryan Nash – Oklahoma State – No. 5
Austin Rivers – Duke – No. 3
Marquis Teague – Kentucky – No. 6
Adonis Thomas – Memphis – No. 9
Amir Williams – Ohio State – No. 42
Kyle Wiltjer – Kentucky – No. 22
Cody Zeller – Indiana – No. 17
I dont see T. Wrotens name
I heard Wroten reclassified to 2012 and Birch did make it he will be going head to head with my former class mate Rakeem Christmas...can't wait.
I think LeBryan Nash wins MVP.
they had a story like a week ago in the paper that a.davis and w.blackshear are the only illinois kids to make the team. thats too bad because chasson is not only a great player but a 4.0 student, two time gold medalist and the most humble superstar ive ever met.
Good because Stanford can sure use him. He should start from day one next season.
Where do you see that he Reclassified because everywhere i look he plans on going to college next season
No one from the Pac-10 though? That is kind of a slap in the face. I had a feeling Plumlee would make it, but it seems like it is all name recognition, not to mention he is signed with Duke. Everyone else seems pretty damn legit, love that Birch, Kabongo and Wiltjer are repping Canada, hope they all get on the Hoop Summit roster as well. Never heard of Tony Wroten reclassifying, just assuming he didn't make it. Wow, rankings kill it towards the West, and having Rivers with Davis should be huge. Truly, I think the West should flat out slaughter this game. But, I guess Florida is a pretty Western state? Well, 19 out of 24 is not bad, though I am sure I have a few players on the wrong team (excuse me for thinking Austin Rivers might play on the East, lol). I think the McDonald's All-American game is pretty cool and enjoy watching it, but I am starting to think Jordan Brand might choose slightly better now. I was really hoping that Jabari Brown made it, but the only person not signed with an ACC, Big 10, Big 12 or Big East school is Adonis Thomas. Craziness.
Here are the top schools:
Kentucky with Mike Gilchrist, Kyle Wiltjer, Marquis Teague, Anthony Davis (No surprises)
Duke with Austin Rivers, Quinn Cook, Marshall Plumlee (Plumlee really needs to make it? They already have one deserving legacy in Zeller, but Plumlee? I don't know....Duke always seems to get that extra guy in though)
Syracuse with Michael Carter-Williams and Rakeem Christmas (Carter-Williams took down a few great SG's to get in, but he is a solid scorer and have no problems with him making it)
North Carolina with James McAdoo and PJ Hairston (These guys will make NC a lot better next year. They are great athletes with big time scoring ability. McAdoo is a former US Basketball Player of the Year for what he did in U-16 ball for Team USA)
Ohio State with Shannon Scott and Amir Williams (They are both ranked low, but I know Scott is on one of the better HS teams in the nation and has played himself into a true McDonald's All-American. Williams has also played better of late, and is one of the better bigs in the class)
Louisville with Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear (Chane was the MVP of the NBAPA 100 camp, and is a rugged PF and Blackshear is one of the best wings in the class)
So 15 prospects from these 6 schools. The only coaches amongst the 6 who have yet to win a chip are Thad Matta and John Calipari, though of the two you have to think Matta has a better chance this year. This class might be the one that takes Coach Cal over the edge? Quite possibly, they are potentially super stacked. Still wish that someone from the Pac-10 made it, and I have a feeling the conferences recent struggles might have more to do with it than lack of talent coming into the conference this year.
3 Canadians on the West team and its starting to become a usual thing. Watch out world stage hehe. Im very happy Khem Birch is playing in this game Im curious to see if he has gained much wieght and added to his offensive repitoire. I heard he got dominated by Drummond in their last head to head matchup. Didnt know Daniels will be class of 2012 my mistake. Nick Johnson got snubbed from this list which really upsets me because hes a very underrated platyer. Dont think he will forget this, I bet this will give him extra motivation to work on his game.
Look at some of these guys stats, I mean, not that they stand out from past All-Americans, but they are huge. Anthony Davis is obviously Magic Johnson on crack, as he averages 22 rpg! Joking, must be a typo, but 22 rpg is freaking impressive, though I hear his HS team is wack. Still, no one on hear has anything less than incredibly impressive. Even Scott and Plumlee have great numbers concerning the circumstances. Man, these guys must all feel like the absolute man where ever they are from. Need to keep humble and keep practicing, because odds are that none of them will get near these numbers again. Must be a huge wake-up call when some of these guys struggle in college the first few years.
Anthony Davis team is very very very bad which is why his stats are so good. They play some of the middle teams in the state and lose. I think there record is 6-15 now
No Finney-Smith which sucks, but hopefully he plays in the Jordan Classic. Can't be too mad though because at least 757 VA got 1, James McAdoo.
MD only has one this year which is unlike us(quinn cook)
And i got the east in this game with Beal,Gilchrist leading the way with there good hard defense as well Mcadoo the old school highly Skilled PF
I can understand no Finney-Smith, but why no Duece Bello?
Why isnt Nick Johnson on the West team, there should be two representitives for Findlay Prep and to be honest he is just as much of a leader on that team as Kabongo.
Who would you replace them with(guards)
Damn, Tony Wroten and Nick Johnson just cant get any respect. These guys are legit Top 15 recruits imo and should be great pros one day, whoever picked these teams is dissin!
Id probally find a way to slide everyone one position and have Amir Williams sit, also Im not too fond of players from losing teams making the tourney but I guess they are justifying the stats. Johnson is one of the best players here thou, and even if it means Blackshear or Dawsen sitting I think he should have been in.
I cant say as much for Wroten because Im not sure how his team is doing at all, I just know hes a damn good player.But Johnson is an amazing talent and plays for a team that is a constant National Championship threat. Take out Williams and throw in Johnson.
I don't know much about Wroten, but from what I've seen on this forum he is the most hated prospect amongst the top recruits. Didn't Pitino sh*t on him at the last minute?
For the most part they are picked from what they do during the summer and how they get along with there coach and off the court stuff
Dave Telep posted an article about his three biggest snubs. Like most stuff Dave does, well done.
By Dave Telep, ESPN RecruitingShooting 3s ...
The McDonald's All-American game mimics Selection Sunday. The only thing missing is the ability to watch Billy Packer pepper a helpless chairman on national TV.
Twitter nation weighed in on the roster and as is the case every year, some folks are not happy. This year isn't different, there are always deserving and worthy candidates for the game.
I'd have no problem sitting before the House Committee on Infractions and lobbying for these three high school All-Americans.
Dorian Finney-Smith, SF (Portsmouth, Va./IC Norcom)
He is not a "camp guy." He's been to a bunch of them and while he's made nice showings, he's never been a must-see player. Finney-Smith's not a thunder dunker or YouTube sensation. Something funny happens to D.F.S. once he unpacks from the summer AAU season and focuses on Norcom basketball. He magically goes from really good player on a big-time AAU team to Dorian Finney-Smith, one of the best basketball players and most complete forwards in the game. See, D.F.S. didn't make the McDonald's All-American game last summer but he did this season, just not in enough people's eyes. Here's to hoping the fact that he picked Virginia Tech instead of a "name" college didn't hurt him. Here's to a second straight state championship and a super career in Blacksburg.
Nick Johnson, SG (Phoenix, Ariz./Findlay Prep)
I don't know how to argue for him other than from the simplest point of view: he's good enough and he belongs on this team. Defensively, he's an elite defender in this class. As an offensive player, he can smoke 3s and coach Sean Miller will dial up out of bounds alley-oop plays for him next season at Arizona.
Jabari Brown, SG (Oakland, Calif./Oakland)
He was an AAU teammate of Johnson and Josiah Turner (Sacramento, Calif./Evelyn Mack). Somehow, all these guys missed out on the game. We can point to the reason for Turner's omission: a mysterious late-season dismissal and subsequent transfer. With Brown, it's clear he was part of a logjam at the shooting guard slot. However, the correct way to handle said logjam would be to have taken more points than bigs this year. Brown is one of the best longrange shooters and deserving of the honor.
I was not surprised at all by Finney-Smith not being on the roster. Like I said before players from 757 VA don't get the exposure as everyone else unless they go to a prep school. Vernon Macklin went to Norcom as well & he bolted to Hargrave, along with Finney-Smith's brother Ben to get the exposure.
As for Nick Johnson being snubbed, that's a shame because he is the best overall prospect on the Findlay Prep team. Myck Kabongo, is kind've overrated to me after I watched the game against Finney-Smith. Kabongo forces too many passes & he never shoots even when he has his shot there to take. I understand he is a pass first PG, but he needs to shoot the ball at times. It's not like he is a great defender at all, all he does well is pass & at times he does not do that well. I wish Marquis Teague was on the East roster so he could expose that Kabongo sh*t.
i hope Wroten will be on JBC game and will show how good he is..
Finney-Smith got plenty of exposure. He just didn't do a whole lot during the summer and that's what really gets you into these games. Some players are better in a organized situation
he should definitely be on the West squad he's waaaaay better than Nick Johnson.....
@stanford....yeah Davis' team is god awful.....not one player could play JV for Simeon....I love their little fatboy PG though....he reminds me of a poor man's Escalade from And1....
Khem Birch C 6-9 210 Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA) Pittsburgh
Michael Carter-Williams SG 6-5 175 St. Andrew’s School (Providence, RI) Syracuse
Rakeem Christmas C 6-9 222 Academy of New Church (Bryn Athyn, PA) Syracuse
Mike Gbinije SF 6-6 194 Benedictine High School (Richmond, VA) Duke
Michael Gilchrist SF 6-7 210 St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, NJ) Kentucky
P.J. Hairston SG 6-6 220 Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA) North Carolina
James McAdoo PF 6-8 216 Norfolk Christian School (Norfolk, VA) North Carolina
Quincy Miller PF 6-9 210 Westchester Country Day (High Point, NC) Baylor
Austin Rivers SG 6-4 189 Winter Park High School (Winter Park, FL) Duke
Shannon Scott PG 6-2 170 Milton High School (Alpharetta, GA) Ohio State
Marquis Teague PG 6-2 175 Pike High School (Indianapolis, IN) Kentucky
Bradley Beal SG 6-4 177 Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis, MO) Florida
Jabari Brown SG 6-3 200 Oakland High School (Oakland, CA) Oregon
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG 6-4 190 Greenville High School (Greenville, GA) Georgia
Anthony Davis PF 6-10 200 Perspectives Charter School (Chicago, IL) Kentucky
Myck Kabongo PG 6-2 170 Findlay College Prep (Henderson, NV) Texas
Johnny O'Bryant PF 6-10 245 East Side High School (Cleveland, MS) LSU
Sir Dominic Pointer SF 6-6 195 Quality Education Acad. (Winston-Salem, NC) St. John's
Otto Porter, Jr. SF 6-9 200 Scott County Central (Sikeston, MO) Undecided
Adonis Thomas SF 6-6 210 Melrose High School (Memphis, TN) Memphis
Kyle Wiltjer PF 6-9 221 Jesuit High School (Portland, OR) Kentucky
Tony Wroten, Jr. SG 6-4 206 Garfield High School (Seattle, WA) Washington
I used to think the McDonald's All-American game would have the best players the HS game had, but the past couple years, this year definitely included, I think the Jordan Game has superior talent. Not just posting this because Jabari Brown made it (though I am happy he did), snd I notice Dorian Finney-Smith is still missing, but I like this group of players better. I do not know if I have ever seen a Jordan Game all the way through, but I am thinking it is surpassing the politics and garbage involved in McDonald's selection. Really hoping to catch this years, should be a great game. We'll see what happens when Bradley Beal plays for the West and Austin Rivers plays for the East at the very least.
Why is Quincy Miller on that list? Still no Nick Johnson or Deuce Bello SHEESH.......I wonder who makes the final roster cuts because they are snubbing some good prospects.
wow JBC has Wroten..that's nice
I don't know if this is strange to some of you, but recently I been more excited with the Jordan Classic than the Mickey D's game. It seems like MJ himself will get some of the guys who were snubbed frome the Mickey D's game to get them exposure. Just my belief
No1 from nyc huh ............thats crazy
The Jordan game also has politics. And theres no way you don't include LeBryan Nash or Josh turner
I love the JBC's teams better. I think the East win because of their size but then again If Q. Miller don't play which he probably won't that will hurt their chances. But Bhirch and Christmas on the same side team is going to be amazing, and I could see Anthony Davis getting housed. Wroten and Beal are going to be balling together on the West side tho. Beal reminds me so much of Ray Allen he is super smoothe with a great stroke.
Oh and I apologize I had it backwards on Wroten I saw 2012 next to his name but it must of been either a type or not updated because he is playing at Washington next year. I like Wroten's game a lot. And both Pitino and Calipari snubbed him too.