The rosters for the 2013 boys and girls McDonald’s All-American game were announced on Feb. 14.
This year’s games will mark the 36th annual game for the boys and the 12th annual game for the girls. The games will be played on April 3, in Chicago (Ill.), with the girls’ game starting at 7 p.m. EDT and boys’ game beginning at 9:30 p.m. The girls game will be televised on ESPNU while the boys game will be shown on ESPN.
The boys roster includes five 2013 Kentucky recruits, which is a record for one school. The five recruits are Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson. Johnson will suit up for the East squad while the other four will play for the West.
The rest of the East roster includes Anthony Barber (North Carolina State), Keith Frazier (undecided), Isaiah Hicks (North Carolina), Kasey Hill (Florida), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona), Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame), Kennedy Meeks (North Carolina), Wayne Selden (Kansas), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Chris Walker (Florida) and Andrew Wiggins (undecided).
The rest of the West squad will include Jabari Bird (California), Aaron Gordon (undecided), Isaac Hamilton (UTEP), Matt Jones (Duke), Jerrell Martin (LSU), Jabari Parker (Duke), Bobby Portis (Arkansas) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington).
The girls’ roster, like the boys, features a lot of talent starting with 6-5 Mercedes Russell from Springfield, Ore. Russell, the number one rated prospect in the class of 2013, has signed with Tennessee.
Joining Russell on the West squad is Oderah Chidom (Duke), Kendall Cooper (Duke), Rebekah Dahlman (Vanderbilt), Rebecca Greenwell (Duke), Linnae Harper (Kentucky), Kailee Johnson (Stanford), Erica McCall (Stanford), Kelsey Plum (Washington), Jordan Reynolds (Tennessee), Tyler Scaife (Rutgers) and Jessica Washington (North Carolina).
The East squad features Lindsay Allen (Notre Dame), Lexie Brown (Maryland), Alaina Coates (South Carolina), Nia Coffey (Northwestern), Kaela Davis (Georgia Tech), Diamond DeShields (North Carolina), Makayla Epps (Kentucky), Kai James (Florida State), Stephanie Mavunga (North Carolina), Taya Reimer (Notre Dame), Ieshia Small (undecided) and Ronni Williams (Florida).
Connecticut has the most ever recruits ever selected to the McDonald’s game with 23, but zero this year. Tennessee is next in line with 21 selections.
With Hicks and Meeks in the fold, 62 McDonald’s All-American selections have gone to North Carolina, which is a record. Duke ranks second with 52 and Kentucky is third on the list with 40.
Other McDonald’s All-Amercan Game Notes:
– The selection of Taya Reimer to this year’s game made McDonald’s All-American history as she became half of the first father-daughter duo to be selected to the game. Her father, Ben Davis, was selected to the game in 1991.
-Duke and North Carolina each have three recruits playing in this year’s game while four other schools teams also have multiple selections. The other four teams with multiple selections are Notre Dame, Stanford, Kentucky and Tennessee.
– Kaela Davis, the number two-rated prospect by ESPN Hoopgurlz, will miss the rest of the high school season to get treated for Meniere’s disease. Davis has battled the disease, which is an inner-ear disorder characterized by hearing loss and vertigo, since she was 11.
Davis is expected to play in the McDonald’s game as well as for Georgia Tech next season.