Five alumni from Springfield’s Bass Pro Tournament of Champions will appear on television Wednesday night in one of high school basketball’s most prestigious events.
The McDonald’s All-American Game airs live on ESPN at 8 p.m. Wednesday night. This year’s national all-star event will be held at the Chicago Theater. Five of the players selected to the game appeared in either the 2015 or 2016 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena.
Tournament of Champions alumni in the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game
Chaminade (St. Louis, Missouri) 6-foot-9 Small forward
College commitment: Duke
In his final high school game for the Chaminade Red Devils, Tatum scored 40 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, and Chaminade beat Kickapoo 72-59 to win the Missouri Class 5 state championship. In the 2016 Tournament of Champions, Tatum scored 55 points in three games. His highest scoring effort came in the opening round, when Tatum scored 21 points in a win over Christ the King (Middle Village, New York). Drury graduate Frank Bennett’s Red Devils placed third in the tournament.
Pau VI (Fairfax, Virginia) 6-foot-7 Small forward
College commitment: Louisville
King appeared in the 2015 Tournament of Champions, where Paul VI took fourth place and King scored 65 points in three games. King’s best effort came in a 65-64 heartbreaker in the third place game against Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, California), he scored 28 points and had 10 rebounds. King chose Louisville over Connecticut, Kentucky and 11 other Division I teams that made scholarship offers.
Chino Hills (Chino Hills, California) 6-foot-6 Point guard
College commitment: UCLA
Ball already has two national player of the year awards, including one from USA Today’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA team. Chino Hills finished Ball’s senior year a perfect 35-0 and won a California state title. As a junior in the 2015 Tournament of Champions, Ball scored a double-double in all three of the Huskies’ games. He scored a high of 29 points and 13 rebounds in a 61-45 win over Parkview. Ball and his younger brothers LiAngelo, a junior, and Lamelo, a freshman, are all committed to play college basketball for UCLA.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) 7-foot Center
College commitment: Gonzaga
Collins led the 2016 Tournament of Champions field individually with 73 points and 41 rebounds in the three games, but the seven-footer was disappointed that the Bishop Gorman Gaels placed sixth. After the visit to Springfield, Bishop Gorman went on to win a Nevada state championship.
“It was one of the best tournaments I’ve been to. The atmosphere, the crowd, the people here — it’s a great community of fans that love basketball, and I’m sad that I only got to be here once and I graduate,” Collins said on the final day of the tournament.
Bentonville (Bentonville, Arkansas) 6-foot-3 Shooting guard
College commitment: Kentucky
Monk won the inaugural Tournament of Champions dunk contest in 2015 moments after he dropped 50 points in an 86-73 loss to Chino Hills for fifth place. Monk’s 50 points in a single game are the second most ever scored in one Tournament of Champions game; Ted Dupay of Mariner (Cape Coral, Florida) set the record in 1998 with 58 points. Monk’s 97 points in three games rank him fourth all time in Tournament of Champions performances.
2016 McDonald’s All-American nominees from Missouri
Jayson Tatum, Chaminade
K.J. Robinson, Blue Springs South
Tyler Cook, Chaminade
Xavier Sneed, Hazelwood Central
Taylor Baur, MICDS
Alecia Sutton, Parkway North
Rachel Thompson, MICDS
Alexa Willard, Stoutland
2016 Tournament of Champions nominees
Braxton Key, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
Harry Giles, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
Joe Hampton, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
Khadim Sy, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
Rodney Miller, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
V.J. King, Paul VI (Fairfax, Virginia)
Cory Manigault, Paul VI (Fairfax, Virginia)
Sam Cunliffe, Rainier Beach (Seattle, Washington)
Keith Smith, Rainier Beach (Seattle, Washington)
Devearl Ramsey, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California)
Zach Collins, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada)
David Cole, Christ the King (Middle Village, New York)
Tracy Cleckley, Christ the King (Middle Village, New York)
Yashawn Bright-Gonzalez, Christ the King (Middle Village, New York)
2015 Tournament of Champions nominees
Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills (Chino Hills, Chino Hills, California)
Michael Hauser, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, California)
Kwe Parker, Wesleyan Christian (High Point, North Carolina)