Hometown star Jabari Parker headlines 2013 McDonald's All American game at United Center

Hometown star Jabari Parker headlines 2013 McDonald's All American game at United Center

Chicago doesn’t have a dome, so it’ll never host a Super Bowl or a Final Four; but it is quickly becoming the home for the nation’s premier prep basketball All-Star game.

The 2013 McDonald’s All American game will feature the top ranked player Canadian-born Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep, W.Va. deciding between Florida State and Kentucky) and the former #1 ranked player Jabari Parker from right here in the Chi. Parker from Simeon Career Academy, will be the crowd favorite. Kentucky may not make the NCAA Tournament this year, but they set an all time MAA record with 5 in this year’s class.

The previous record of four was held by the Michigan Wolverines (1991), Duke Blue Devils (1999) and Kentucky Wildcats (2011). The Boys Game begins at 8:30 p.m. CT April 3, and will broadcast live on ESPN.

This years’ All American game is stacked with talent and it’s no surprise that a lot of experts in the sport of college basketball pick these teams to go far in the NCAA tournament next year

With the exception of UK, only the Tar Heels and Blue Devils have more than one. The Hoosiers are the lone Big Ten school to recruit one. However, a few undecideds remain.

The entire state of Illinois college basketball teams were shut out from this list, I regret to inform you. After Windy City fans shattered the event’s attendance record in 2011, it was announced that the game will stay here till 2015. Maybe that fact might help local recruiting?

“It’s becoming a tradition for the top high school basketball stars to gather in Chicago for the McDonald’s All American Games,” said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games. “These players are the ‘heirs apparent’ to the basketball royalty throne, and we look forward to hosting them in the Windy City for this can’t miss event.”

Here’s the full event roster

East Team

Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Anthony Barber G 6-2 Hampton, VA (Hampton, VA) NC State
Keith Frazier G 6-5 Justin F. Kimball, TX (Dallas, TX) Undecided
Isaiah Hicks F 6-8 J.F. Webb, NC (Oxford, NC) North Carolina
Kasey Hill G 6-1 Montverde Academy, FL (Montverde, FL) Florida
Demetrius Jackson G 6-1 Marian High, IN (Mishawaka, IN) Notre Dame
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson G/F 6-7 Chester High, PA (Chester, PA) Arizona
Dakari Johnson C 6-10 Montverde Academy, FL (New York, NY) Kentucky
Kennedy Meeks C 6-9 West Charlotte, NC (Charlotte, NC) North Carolina
Wayne Selden, Jr. G 6-5 Tilton School, NH (Boston, MA) Kansas
Noah Vonleh F 6-8 New Hampton, NH (Haverhill, MA) Indiana
Chris Walker C/F 6-9 Holmes County, FL (Bonifay, FL) Florida
Andrew Wiggins F 6-8 Huntington Prep, WV (Thornhill, Ontario) Undecided

Head Coach: Freddy Johnson, Greensboro Day School, NC (Greensboro, NC)
Asst. Coach: Steve Shelton, Greensboro Day School, NC (Greensboro, NC)
Asst. Coach: Jeff Smith, Greensboro Day School, NC (Greensboro, NC)



Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College

Jabari Bird G/F 6-6 Salesian High, CA (Richmond, CA) California
Aaron Gordon F 6-8 Archbishop Mitty, CA (San Jose, CA) Undecided
Isaac Hamilton G 6-5 St. John Bosco, CA (Los Angeles, CA) UTEP
Aaron Harrison G 6-5 William B. Tavis, TX (Richmond, TX) Kentucky
Andrew Harrison G 6-5 William B. Tavis, TX (Richmond, TX) Kentucky
Matt Jones G 6-4 DeSoto High, TX (DeSoto, TX) Duke
Marcus Lee F/C 6-9 Deer Valley High, CA (Antioch, CA) Kentucky
Jarrell Martin F 6-8 Madison Prep, LA (Baton Rouge, LA) LSU
Jabari Parker F 6-8 Simeon Career Academy, IL (Chicago, IL) Duke
Bobby Portis, Jr. F/C 6-9 Hall High, AR (Little Rock, AR) Arkansas
Nigel Williams-Goss G 6-3 Findlay Prep, NV (Happy Valley, OR) Washington
James Young F 6-7 Rochester High, MI (Rochester, MI) Kentucky

Head Coach: Mike Flaherty, Mt. Carmel High School, IL (Chicago, IL)
Asst. Coach: Jasper Williams, Bloom High School, IL (Olympia Fields, IL)
Asst. Coach: Brian Flaherty, Bremen High School, IL (Chicago, IL)

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Fox Sports, MSN, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Chicago Now

A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.

Leave a comment