Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Villanova-bound forward JayVaughn Pinkston of Bishop Loughlin, Tennessee commit Tobias Harris of Half Hollow Hills West, Duke-bound guard Kyrie Irving of St. Patrick and Queens native Doron Lamb of Oak Hill Academy will play in the game March 31 at the Value City Arena in Columbia, Ohio.
“I’m the first [player] from my school to make the McDonald’s game; that’s big,” the 6-foot-5 Pinkston told Chris Lawlor of ESPN.com. “In the end, it’s not about individual stuff but getting the ‘W.’ You take nothing for granted; I did my talking on the court.”
Pinkston and Harris played against one another last month at the Big Apple Invitational, with Harris’ team coming out on top, 75-72 in OT. Pinkston poured in 34 points and grabbed 14 points in the game, while Harris had 19 and 7 before fouling out.
“It feels great, it’s an honor,” Harris said of making the game. “The hard work is paying off but I still have a long way to go.”
Two players from Findlay (Nev.) Prep, Texas-bound forward Tristan Thompson, and uncommitted guard Cory Joseph, were also selected. Thompson previously played at Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s.
“I feel great. It’s an honor to be named a McDonald’s All-American,” Joseph said by text.
Joseph is one of uncommitted players in the game, meaning there will be added interest at that time of year when the players are getting close to making their college announcements.
Here are the rosters courtesy ESPN.com:
East: 6-7 Reggie Bullock, Kinston (N.C.), North Carolina; 6-8 Tobias Harris, Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Tennessee; 6-3 Kyrie Irving, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.), Duke; 6-0 Joe Jackson, White Station (Memphis), Memphis; 6-11 Perry Jones, Duncanville (Texas), Baylor; Jelan Kendrick, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), Memphis; 6-9 C.J. Leslie, Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), undecided; 6-4 Kendall Marshall, Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.), North Carolina; 6-7 Jayvaughn Pinkston, Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Villanova; Josh Selby, Lake Clifton (Baltimore), undecided; 6-9 Jared Sullinger, Northland (Columbus, Ohio), Ohio State; 6-7 Deshaun Thomas, Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Ohio State.
West: 6-3 Keith Appling, Pershing (Detroit), Michigan State; 6-8 Harrison Barnes, Ames (Iowa), North Carolina; 6-9 Terrence Jones, Jefferson (Portland, Ore.), undecided; 6-3 Cory Joseph, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), undecided; Brandon Knight, Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), undecided; 6-4 Doron Lamb, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), undecided; 6-1 Ray McCallum, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.), undecided; 7-0 Fab Melo, Sagemont School (Weston, Fla.), Syracuse; 6-8 Jereme Richmond, Waukegan (Ill.), Illinois; 6-10 Joshua Smith, Kentwood (Kent, Wash.), UCLA; 6-10 Tristan Thompson, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), Texas; 6-9 Patric Young, Providence School (Jacksonville, Fla.), Florida.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.