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2016 McDonald's AA rosters announced

Sunday night, the 2016 McDonald’s All-American team was announced. Headlined by 2016’s No. 1 overall prospect, here are the players who will compete in the nationally televised game at the United Center in Chicago on March 30th.


Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum

Bam Adebayo, PF, High Point (N.C.) Christian

Where he’s going: Kentucky

Rank: No. 7

Udoka Azubuike, C, Jacksonville (Fla.) Potter’s House

Where he’s going: Undecided

Rank: No. 27

Tony Bradley, C, Bartow (Fla.) High

Where he’s going: North Carolina

Rank: No. 30

Miles Bridges, SF, Huntington (W.V.) Prep

Where he’s going: Michigan State

Rank: No. 11

Terrance Ferguson, SG, Dallas (Texas) API

Where he’s going: Alabama

Rank: No. 12

De’Aaron Fox, PG, Katy (Texas) Cypress Lakes

Where he’s going: Kentucky

Rank: No. 5

Markelle Fultz, SG, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha

Where he’s going: Washington

Rank: No. 13

Andrew Jones, SG/PG, Irving (Texas) MacArthur

Where he’s going: Texas

Rank: No. 38

Sacha Killeya-Jones, PF, Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal

Where he’s going: Kentucky

Rank: No. 26

V.J. King, SF, Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI

Where he’s going: Louisville

Rank: No. 24

Kobi Simmons, PG/SG, Alpharetta (Ga.) St. Francis

Where he’s going: Arizona

Rank: No. 19

Jayson Tatum, SF, St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade

Where he’s going: Duke

Rank: No. 3


Josh Jackson
Josh Jackson ()

Jarrett Allen, C, Austin (Texas) St. Stephens

Where he’s going: Undecided

Rank: No. 20

Lonzo Ball, PG, Chino Hills (Calif.) High

Where he’s going: UCLA

Rank: No. 8

Marques Bolden, C, DeSoto (Texas) High

Where he’s going: Undecided

Rank: No. 16

Zach Collins, C, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Where he’s going: Gonzaga

Rank: No. 32

Alterique Gilbert, PG, Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove

Where he’s going: Connecticut

Rank: No. 36

Kyle Guy, SG, Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central

Where he’s going: Virginia

Rank: No. 44

Dewan Huell, PF, Miami (Fla.) Norland

Where he’s going: Miami

Rank: No. 23

Frank Jackson, SG/PG, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak

Where he’s going: Duke

Rank: No. 10

Josh Jackson, SF, Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep

Where he’s going: Undecided

Rank: No. 1

Joshua Langford, SG, Madison (Ala.) Academy

Where he’s going: Michigan State

Rank: No. 18

T.J. Leaf, PF, El Cajon (Calif.) Foothills Christian

Where he’s going: UCLA

Rank: 15

Malik Monk, SG, Bentonville (Ark.) High

Where he’s going: Kentucky

Rank: No. 15

Notes on game selections

There are a few notable omissions from the game that are easily explainable. No. 2 overall prospect Harry Giles and No. 4 overall prospect Dennis Smith suffered knee injuries that cost them their senior seasons and made them ineligible for the game. Smith went ahead and enrolled early at N.C. State. Also in the National top 10, No. 9 overall Rawle Alkins was ruled to be a fifth year player, meaning he was not eligible, either. Also ineligible due to being a prep player was Kentucky bound forward Wenyen Gabriel.

Of the 24 players to make the game, 19 are currently considered five-star prospects while the other five are currently four-star prospects. Ranked No. 44 overall, Virginia bound shooting guard Kyle Guy is the lowest ranked player to be selected to play in the game. At No. 38 overall, Texas bound combo guard Andrew Jones is likely to be moved to five-star status during the next rankings update.

Duke, Kentucky, UCLA and Michigan State each have multiple players on this year’s team. Kentucky leads the way with four of their signees making the game while the Blue Devils, Bruins and Spartans each placed two players on the list.

Zach Collins is the first Gonzaga commitment to be named a McDonald’s All-American. Former Zag Micah Downs and current star Kyle Wiltjer both played in the game but they arrived in Spokane as transfer players.

The matchup that is most looking forward to in the game is the one between No. 1 Josh Jackson and No. 3 Jayson Tatum. The two elite wing players have caused a lot of damage playing together with USA Basketball over the past three summers but this is a head to head matchup that we would have liked to see long ago.