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McDonald's All-American team announced

Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Posted by Jeff Borzello

The McDonald’s All-American game, the most prestigious of the annual high school all-star games, just announced its selections and, not surprisingly, there are some interesting inclusions.

To start, I’m befuddled as to how Marshall Plumlee made the team. I might be lower on Plumlee than most people, as I don’t have him in the top-100, but I’ve never seen him ranked in the top-24 players in the country. He’s nowhere near as good as either of his brothers, and does not have much of an offensive skill set right now. Being selected to a game like this will set unnecessarily high expectations for him at Duke.

Others players whose inclusion I question include Chane Behanan, P.J. Hairston, Johnny O’Bryant and Amir Williams. Personally, I don’t believe Rakeem Christmas is a top-24 player, but it’s tough to leave out someone with his shot-blocking ability. Behanan has been playing great for the past several months, but I’m not sure he’s proven enough to be selected. O’Bryant and Williams have deteriorated over the past couple of years, while Hairston has developed a reputation as something of a ball-hog.

Now, who should have replaced these players?

To start, Quincy Miller has missed the entire season with an injury, so he was disqualified from selection, while Duke-signee Michael Gbinije was ineligible due to his status as a fifth-year senior.

The player with the biggest beef is Jabari Brown, one of the top scorers in the country. He lit it up on the AAU circuit last summer and has continued to cement his top-15 status while playing out in California.

His teammate on the Oakland Soldiers, Josiah Turner, also could make a case for being selected. One of the top point guards in the country, Turner’s transfer to Quality Education Academy in the middle of the season could have played a part in him being left off.

Yet another Oakland Soldiers guard was snubbed as well. Nick Johnson is arguably the best dunker in the class besides Deuce Bello and has also proven himself as a lockdown defender. He has an addictive personality and would have been perfect for the game.

I.C. Norcom (Va.) forward Dorian Finney-Smith has turned heads in a major way since leaping onto the scene at Boo Williams last April. Moreover, he has received rave reviews for his performance during the season, helping lead Norcom to a top-five national ranking.

Arkansas-signee B.J. Young was talented enough to make the team, but he has had academic problems throughout his high school career – and character is supposed to play a factor.

Lastly, the flashy Tony Wroten has seen his ranking drop over the last couple of years, but he is still one of the best passers and playmakers in the class. Throwing him into the spotlight in a game like this would be a joy to watch.

As with every all-star game, there were questionable decisions regarding who is in and who is out. Despite that, though, the McDonald’s All-American game will still provide a chance for college hoops fans to see the next crop of stars before they really blow up.

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Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2011 11:11 am
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

Rakeem Christmas.  Interesting name.



Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:46 pm
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

Im watching the Christ School v Oak Hill right now and this Plumlee kid is garbage. The McDonalds  game has turned into a publicity stunt. The game has no merit. You can find kids rated 50 and under that are far better than some of the Mcdonalds kids.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:55 pm
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

Cuse1788.

You are way off base. A huge reason Cuse lost to Georgetown was Josephs defense. He was getting beat backdoor, overcommitting and leaving the wing wide open. He is a horrible defender i don't know what you are watching. Watch the Louisville game tomorrow most of the 3's attempted will be on Josephs side.



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:06 pm
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

Great recognition of Duke's 2011 recruting class.  Rivers, Cook, and Plumlee were all named McDonald's All Americans.  I didn't realize that Gbinije was a 5th year senior and therefore ineligible.  Otherwise he'd probably be on the list.  I'm more excited by the fact that Gbinije will be a year older than most players when he hits the Duke campus!



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 5:01 pm
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

I was a little surprised to see MP3 as a McKiddie this year and I am a Duke fan. I do agree with early post saying it probably does have a lot to do with the lack of true centers in this class. He def isnt highly as touted ad Mason, but your gonna tell me more schools were after Miles then Marshall? BTW, he is not as good as his brothers according to who? you? Everyone rips the older 2 for not being post players, and of the 3 he is the tallest and is a pure post player. Are you one of the people boosting how unathletic he is too? Thats all I heard about this kid, then this year I watched him in a slam dunk contest. Wow! If that is what unathletic looks like, I think we may have a different definition of athleticism.

BTW-Spock, please tell me your not a UNC fan calling Duke out for getting kids in the game from there school commitment. They had kids that were supposed to go to the McArnolds game and got confused. What do you call the Weirs plus a Larry? A McD's un-happy meal to go!



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:16 pm
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

Scoop is not very good but then again neither is Brandon Triche.
Scoop is extremely inconsistent with his shooting, and I think Triche just has a confidence problem. Sorry for the double post.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:15 pm
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

Kris Josephs defense is atrocious and is a major flaw in this team.
Actually, he probably plays the best defense the team once the zone is set up. However, his transition defense is atrocious. Once a player gets by him, he basically walks back to the other side of the court.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:08 pm
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

Facts?? Your comment was "in game coaching" being a problem. You never specified the Georgetown game. So saying coaching is a problem is not a fact. Boeheim is a good coach but you knock him all the time.

Does Fab Melo suck?? Yea he does. All i said is you need to point out that this team is sturggling not because of Fab Melo. Kris Josephs defense is atrocious and is a major flaw in this team. They lack jump shooting. Scoop is not very good but then again neither is Brandon Triche. The coaching is the furthest thing from being a problem on this team.

So take my rooster and choke on it.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:16 pm
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

Hey buddy, did Jim Boeheim make good in game coaching decisions in the Georgetown game?
I don't think Boeheim really did anything wrong. Most likely, every coach in America would put their veteran player in (if this is what you're talking about), no matter how well freshman are playing. Another reason we lost was because the players themselves looked like they lost confidence in the final minutes. As for Melo, well... Mike is right. He sucks. He might be good next year or the year after, but bottom line is right now he sucks. I just hope Christmas doesn't follow along the same path...unless of course Melo becomes amazing next year.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:26 pm
 

McDonald's All-American team announced

Even though I stated correct FACTS. An idiot Syracuse fan decides to call me out.

Hey buddy, did Jim Boeheim make good in game coaching decisions in the Georgetown game?

Does Fab Melo not suck?

I thought so. Take your argument and shove it up your ass dude. Just because I don't say positive stuff about the team 100% of the time, doesn't mean I'm not a fan. Only an idiot would ALWAYS say positive stuff about the team like you.


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