CHICAGO – Now that the curtain has closed on the 2016 McDonald’s All American Game the only logical thing to do is to look 364 days down the road.
Given that there are other probable shoo-ins, we’ve zeroed in on five players who, no matter where they’re ranked now, will, barring injury, suit up in the McDonald’s All American Game in 2017.
Heard it here first.
1. DeAndre Ayton, Hillcrest Academy (Phoenix), C
Why he’ll lace ‘em up for the Golden Arches: Ayton is the most dominant big man in the class combining skill and high energy in the paint and efficient shooting from around 18 feet. Ayton is a gifted rebounder and plays with a competitive motor that won’t be outworked.
2. Trevon Duval, Advanced Prep International (Dallas), PG
Why he’ll lace ‘em up for the Golden Arches: Duval is the top ranked point guard in the class and combines uncanny driving ability with elite athleticism and an efficient perimeter stroke. Duval makes his teammates better, picks his spots masterfully and has one of the highest basketball IQ’s of any player in the country, regardless of class.
3. Michael Porter Jr., Father Tolton Catholic (Columbia, Mo.), SF
Why he’ll lace ‘em up for the Golden Arches: The two words that best describe Porter: Matchup problem. At 6-foot-9, Porter has guard skills and combines that with elite athleticism to finish with authority when he gets into the lane. Porter can stroke it from the three-point line, rebounds well and is a gifted passer. Good luck stopping that.
4. Trae Young, Norman North (Norman, Okla.), PG
Why he’ll lace ‘em up for the Golden Arches: Young is, arguably, the most gifted scorer in the country combining elite ball handling skills with marksman-like accuracy and range on his perimeter jump shot. Most of his peers compare Young to reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry because of his propensity for knocking down deep treys. No one has found a way to stop him yet.
5. Wendell Carter Jr., Pace Academy (Atlanta), F
Why he’ll lace ‘em up for the Golden Arches: No other player imposes their will on the opposition as physically and as efficiently as Carter. Once he catches the ball in the paint, you have to foul him to stop him and he’s developed a turnaround jumper that keeps the defense off balance. Carter is a gifted shot blocker and rebounder too.
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