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McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:02 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 5:09 pm
 
Georgia Tech-signee Robert Carter was the only top-25 player -- besides the recently reclassified Nerlens Noel -- left out of the McDonald's All-American game this season. (ESPN)

By Jeff Borzello

High school All-American games are usually filled with plenty of questionable selections and interesting inclusions. With so many varying opinions and players to choose from, it’s not surprising to get some surprises.

With that said, the McDonald’s All-American game just announced its rosters for this year’s game – and did a really good job.

The most obvious player left out is the No. 1 player in the class, Nerlens Noel, but he reclassified just last week, when the ballots were already sealed. Some people can complain about that, but it’s not the committee’s fault he reclassified too late.

If you’re wondering where Kaleb Tarczewski, Mitch McGary, Steven Adams and Ricardo Ledo are, stop wondering. Fifth-year players are ineligible to play in the game – although all three were listed on the list of nominees, which makes no sense to me. The same goes for Xavier-signee Semaj Christon, who has made his case as one of the best point guards in the country this season.

The only eligible player in our top 25 that was left off the team is Georgia Tech-signee Robert Carter. The 6-foot-8 big man from Shiloh (Ga.) has some of the best post moves in the country, and is one of the more effective back-to-the-basket players in the class. He’s not as well-known as some of the other five-star prospects, but Carter is certainly deserving of a nod.

Outside of Carter, the only other player who I think deserved a spot would have been Maryland-bound Shaq Cleare, who is apparently having a very good school season as well. Danuel House (Houston), Hanner Perea (Indiana), Sam Dekker (Wisconsin), Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana), D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Georgetown), Katin Reinhardt (UNLV) and some others could make cases, but they were rightfully left out.

In terms of inclusions, there were only two players outside of our top 30 that made the cut, No. 33 Perry Ellis and No. 55 Tyler Lewis. As pointed out by my colleague Jason Hickman at MaxPreps, Ellis is arguably the most accomplished high school player in the class (along with Kyle Anderson). He’s on track to finish with four state titles at Wichita Heights (Kan.), which has won 56 consecutive games. As a result, it’s difficult to argue with his inclusion.

Lewis is a highlight reel point guard who is one of the best passers in the class, and is entertaining to watch. With that said, he’s not one of the 24 best players in the country, or one of the five best point guards in the class. I don’t think Lewis truly deserved a spot in the game, but he will undoubtedly make the most of it, and people will love watching him push the ball in transition. It’s tough to argue with the entertainment factor.

Compared to last year, the McDonald’s Selection Committee did a far better job with the rosters. There are a couple of gripes here and there – and it’s unfortunate that Nerlens Noel reclassified too late – but overall, the talent in the class of 2012 will be well represented in Chicago.

EAST
Kyle Anderson (No. 5, UCLA)
DaJuan Coleman (No. 11, Syracuse)
Kris Dunn (No. 24, Providence)
Perry Ellis (No. 33, Kansas)
Shaq Goodwin (No. 21, Memphis)
Gary Harris (No. 16, Michigan State)
Amile Jefferson (No. 14, Uncommitted)
Tyler Lewis (No. 55, NC State)
Tony Parker (No. 22, Uncommitted)
Alex Poythress (No. 13, Kentucky)
Rodney Purvis (No. 18, NC State)
T.J. Warren (No. 25, NC State)

WEST
Brandon Ashley (No. 4, Arizona)
Isaiah Austin (No. 8, Baylor)
Anthony Bennett (No. 15, Uncommitted)
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (No. 27, Indiana)
Archie Goodwin (No. 7, Kentucky) 
Grant Jerrett (No. 23, Arizona)
Shabazz Muhammad (No. 2, Uncommitted)
Marcus Paige (No. 28, North Carolina)
Devonta Pollard (No. 20, Uncommitted)
Cameron Ridley (No. 9, Texas)
Marcus Smart (No. 10, Oklahoma State)
Rasheed Sulaimon (No. 12, Duke) 

Comments

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:49 pm
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

WestCoastKid- USC fan talking smack to UA fan about hoops is hilarious. That makes about as much sense as UA fan trying to go toe to toe with USC fan about football... Stay in your lane Trojan. Keep your head down and wait for football season while the grown ups enjoy the rest of the hoops season.




Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:59 pm
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

Fifth-year players, juniors and Noel are eligible for the All-American Championship during the Final Four. They had some great talent last yr so hopefully Mitch and Noel will be playing in those games this year. ESPN televises it.



Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:17 pm
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

Why don't you check some facts before you start bitching. Mitch is ineligible as a fifth-year player (playing in prep school this season).Plus, he went down to a four star because he sucked it up against Tilton (Nerlens Noel's school) on ESPN.



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:27 pm
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

hey teres...who cares..it's michigan!!!



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:49 am
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

Congratulations Shaq!  Memphis is looking forward to seeing you in Blue and Grey.



Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:40 am
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

McGraw has simply slipped in the ratings...all the ratings not just McDonald's. He's still a talented big man and great signee for Michigan.



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:32 am
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

With that said, he’s not one of the 24 best players in the country, or one of the five best point guards in the class.
CBS and their writers seriously have something against NC State.  The first part of that statement is true but Tyler Lewis is easily one of the top five best pg's in the class.  Rodney Purvis and Kyle Anderson are not pg's.  I think Lewis is #3 behind Marcus Paige and Kris Dunn.

Either way it is nice to see NC State with some McD's All-Americans for a change.  I think we have had three since Julius Hodge and we have three in this game alone.  Could be four if Jefferson chooses State over Duke.

Well done in your first year Coach Gott.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:16 am
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

With the Arizona commits and playing in the PAC12, it won't take long for the Arizona coaches to get these kids playing down to the Mid-Major level. Maybe the final 4 of the NIT?



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:25 am
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

Arizona has two players on this list, and might have had a third in Kaleb Tarczewski. These guys are 6'8", 6'11" and 7'. Interior size and post play has been Arizona weakness this year. Add that size and athleticism to the athletic perimeter players they have coming back next year and Arizona should could a Final Four contender next year.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:48 pm
 

McDonald's All-American Game rosters released

Chips on their shoulder lol, I sure hope they arent still thinking about high school.


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