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2016 McDonald’s All-American Team Rosters Announced

January 18th, 2016 | by Van Coleman

The rosters for this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game were announced last night and we, along with Clark Francis of the Hoopscoop found it somewhat amazing, that the one eligible member of our top 25, 6-6 Mustapha Heron from Waterbury, CT Sacred Heart was left off the team. Based on recent play, he would move into our top twenty nationally, and with seven members of our top twenty-five ineligible (fifth year, injured, or enrolled in college) he should have been a shoe-in for the game. Unfortunately, he became the one glaring miss on this year’s team.

Unlike past year’s this McDonald’s team was pretty much on the money with 22 of the 24 players that were eligible in our top 31 players were chosen for the game. Along with Heron, our number 27 rated talent Mario Kegler would have an argument to move ahead of others picked for the game. Only two players outside our top thirty, number 37 rated Andrew Jones from Irving, TX MacArthur and Number 48 rated Zach Collins of Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman were chosen for the team.

A well done job for such an early release date. In the past the teams weren’t picked until early February, and that allowed for more of the senior year to be considered as part of their resume for the game. We hope that in the future that thought process will be re-instated. As players like Anthony Cowans, Shamorie Ponds, Payton Pritchard, Charlie Moore, and Temple Gibbs would have had a better shot at the game with a later selection process. But, when you have to coordinate over thirty voting members the task is daunting at best.

With that in mind here is a look at the 2016 MacDonald’s All-American Game East/West Rosters:

The East Squad:

6’11 Sacha Killeya-Jones from Lynchburg (Virginia Episcopal) VA (Kentucky)
6’10 Edrice Adebayo from High Point (Christian) NC (Kentucky)
6’10 Udoka Azubuike from Jacksonville (Potter’s House) FL
6’10 Tony Bradley from Bartow (H.S.) FL (North Carolina)
6’8 Jayson Tatum from St. Louis (Chaminade) MO (Duke)
6’7 V.J. King from Fairfax (Paul VI) VA (Louisville)
6’7 Miles Bridges from Huntington (Prep) WV (Michigan State)
6’6 Terrence Ferguson from Dallas (Advanced Preparatory International) TX (Alabama)
6’5 Markelle Fultz from Hyattsville (DeMatha0 MD (Washington)
6’4 Andrew Jones from Irving (MacArthur) TX (Texas)
6’4 Kobi Simmons from Alpharetta (St. Francis) GA (Arizona)
6’3 De’Aaron Fox from Katy (Cypress Lakes) TX (Kentucky)

Head Coach: Jack Doss Huntsville (JO Johnson) AL

The West Squad:

6’11 Zach Collins from Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman) NV (Gonzaga)
6’10 Jarrett Allen from Austin (St. Stephens Episcopal) TX,
6’10 T.J. Leaf from El Cajon (Foothills Christian) CA (UCLA)
6’9 Marques Bolden from De Soto (H.S.) TX
6’9 Dewan Huell from Miami (Nortland (FL (Miami-FL)
6’7 Josh Jackson from Napa (Prolific Prep) CA
6’6 Lonzo Ball from Chino Hills (H.S.) CA (UCLA)
6’5 Josh Langford from Huntsville (Madison Academy) AL (Michigan State)
6’4 Frank Jackson from Highland (Lone Peak) UT (Duke)
6’3 Malik Monk from Bentonville (H.S.) AR (Kentucky)
6’2 Kyle Guy from Indianapolis (Lawrence Central) IN (Virginia)
6’1 Alterique Gilbert from Lithonia (Miller Grove) GA (Connecticut)

Head Coach: Dale Mabrey Louisville (Pleasure Ridge Park) KY

College-wise Kentucky was the big winner with four All-Americans (Adebayo, Fox, Monk, and Killeya-Jones), while UCLA (Ball and Leaf), Michigan State (Bridges and Langford), and Duke (Tatum and Jackson) all have two All-Americans in the game. We still have four unsigned talents in (Azubuike, Allen, Bolden, and Josh Jackson), so this year’s McDonald’s All-American game on April 1st at the United Center could see a number of high profile coaches in the stands this year.

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