2015 McDonald’s All-American rosters announced
Rosters for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game were announced on Wednesday and the game is headlined by eight uncommitted players out of the game’s 24 roster spots. Duke and LSU currently have the most commitments in the game with two each, but that number is sure to change once the uncommitted All-Americans begin to make verbal commitments this spring.
The 38th McDonald’s All-American Game is scheduled for April 1 at the United Center in Chicago.
You can find each player’s Rivals page by clicking the link on their name. The College Basketball Talk commitment story -- or latest recruiting update -- for each player is also linked to each player’s college choice.
Here are the rosters for the East and West:
Dwayne Bacon, 6-foot-6, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) -- committed to Florida State
Antonio Blakeney, 6-foot-4, Oak Ridge High School (Orlando, FL) -- committed to LSU
Isaiah Briscoe, 6-foot-3, Roselle Catholic High School (Roselle, NJ) -- committed to Kentucky
Jaylen Brown, 6-foot-7, Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA) -- undecided
Thomas Bryant, 6-foot-10, Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) -- undecided
Cheick Diallo, 6-foot-9, Our Savior New American School (Centereach, NY) -- undecided
Henry Ellenson, 6-foot-10, Rice Lake High School (Rice Lake, WI) -- committed to Marquette
Jawun Evans, 6-foot, Justin F. Kimball High School (Dallas, TX) -- committed to Oklahoma State
Luke Kennard, 6-foot-5, Franklin High School (Franklin, OH) -- committed to Duke
Dedric Lawson, 6-foot-8, Hamilton High School (Memphis, TN) -- committed to Memphis
Ben Simmons, 6-foot-9, Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) -- committed to LSU
Diamond Stone, 6-foot-10, Dominican High School (Whitefish Bay, WI) -- committed to Maryland
Carlton Bragg, 6-foot-9, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (Cleveland, OH) -- committed to Kansas
Jalen Brunson, 6-foot-1, Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL) -- committed to Villanova
Deyonta Davis, 6-foot-9, Muskegon High School (Muskegon, MI) -- committed to Michigan State
P.J. Dozier, Jr., 6-foot-6, Spring Valley High School (Columbia, SC) -- committed to South Carolina
Brandon Ingram, 6-foot-8, Kinston High School (Kinston, NC) -- undecided
Chase Jeter, 6-foot-10, Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV) -- committed to Duke
Malik Newman, 6-foot-3, Callaway High School (Jackson, MS) -- undecided
Ivan Rabb, 6-foot-10, Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, CA) -- undecided
Malachi Richardson, 6-foot-6, Trenton Catholic Academy (Trenton, NJ) -- committed to Syracuse
Caleb Swanigan, 6-foot-8, Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, IN) -- undecided
Allonzo Trier, 6-foot-4, Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) -- committed to Arizona
Stephen Zimmerman, 7-foot, Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV) -- undecided
Among the biggest surprises on the 2015 roster include 6-foot-10 big man Thomas Bryant and 6-foot-6 South Carolina commit P.J. Dozier, Jr. Both players are regarded as four-star prospects, according to Rivals, and got into the game thanks to big summers and senior seasons in high school.
Since Kentucky commit Skal Labissiere, a five-star center, was ruled ineligible for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game, the game’s biggest snub goes to California native and five-star guard Tyler Dorsey. The 6-foot-4 Dorsey has scored 40-plus points in eight of his last 10 high school games this season and leads a list of five-star players left out of the game that also includes Texas A&M commit and big man Elijah Thomas and Arizona commit and guard Justin Simon. UConn commit and guard Jalen Adams is the only other healthy Rivals five-star prospect to miss the cut for the game and he isn’t eligible for the McDonald’s All-American game as a fifth-year player. Five-star small forward and Arizona commit Ray Smith wasn’t included after tearing his ACL this summer and missing his senior season.
Looking to the 2015-16 college basketball season, the ACC and SEC currently leads with four McDonald’s All-Americans each while the Big East and Big 12 both have two pledges each. The American, Big Ten and Pac-12 each currently have one player in the game. Again, these conference commitment numbers will fluctuate quite a bit with the impending commitments of nine of the game’s participants.
Although the McDonald’s All-American game is a fun nationally-televised showcase, the practices leading up to the game are the most important part of the week. NBA scouts and some general managers attend to get some of their first glimpses at the future top talent entering college basketball next season. The players tend to have fun in the game and play incredibly hard in the practices. The final top-100 rankings you see from websites like Rivals are often predicated on how these guys match up against each other in the game’s practices during the week.
The battle for the No. 1 spot in the 2015 class is still up for debate in recruiting circles with Australia native Ben Simmons and Georgia small forward Jaylen Brown generating the most buzz to finish at the top.
Positional battles that will be fun to watch include the battle for best point guard between the East’s Isaiah Briscoe and Jawun Evans and the West’s Jalen Brunson as well as the battle at shooting guard between the East’s Antonio Blakeney and the West’s Malik Newman.
Lots of intriguing matchups will also go down inside as the 2015 class includes a bevy of talented front-court players. Top-ten big men Diamond Stone and Cheick Diallo are both on the East while the West has three top-ten bigs in Ivan Rabb and high school teammates Chase Jeter and Stephen Zimmerman.