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Wednesday / August 17.
  • FAN POLL: Ben Simmons Tops McDonald’s All-American Game Picks

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    ben-simmonsBY CHIP MILLER

    At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, we will know who made the actual 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game when ESPNU makes the announcement. A selection of 24 of the best high school boy basketball players from around the country will gather in Chicago on April 1 to participate in the 38th annual McDonald’s All-American Game.

    In the meantime, we here at ZAGSBLOG gave you, the fans, your platform to chime in and select your version of the 2015 McDonald’s All-American team. With more than 13,000 votes cast, we proudly reveal the top 24 vote getters with a little background on each.

    All rankings are courtesy of the 247Sports 2015 Player Composite Rankings.

    Ben Simmons: The 6-foot-10 Simmons is our top vote-getter with more than 1,000 votes. He plays at Montverde Academy in Florida and is the top player on the 247Sports 2015 Composite Player Rankings. Simmons is committed to LSU and is projected as the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.

    Malik Newman: The 6-4 Newman plays at Callaway High in Mississippi. Newman is the overall No. 3 player and the No. 1 shooting guard on the Composite Rankings. Newman is currently uncommitted and is considering Kentucky, Kansas, N.C. State and Ole Miss, among others.

    Isaiah Briscoe: The 6-3 Briscoe is out of Roselle Catholic in New Jersey. Briscoe is the overall No. 10 ranked player and is the highest ranked point guard on the Composite Rankings. Briscoe has committed to play at Kentucky.

    Jaylen Brown: The 6-7 Brown is out of Wheeler High in Georgia. He is ranked No. 2 overall and the No. 2 small forward behind Ben Simmons. Currently uncommitted, his list consist of Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Michigan and North Carolina. He is the projected No. 1 pick in 2016 by DraftExpress.com.

    Ivan Rabb: The 6-10 Rabb is out of Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland California. Rabb is the overall No. 7 ranked player and the No. 2 ranked power forward. Currently uncommitted, Rabb is considering five schools, Arizona, California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA.

    Antonio Blakeney: The 6-4 Blakeney is out of Oak Ridge High in Florida. He is the No. 17 overall player and No. 3 shooting guard. Blakeney recently announced he would join Ben Simmons at LSU next season.

    Stephen Zimmerman: The 7-foot Zimmerman plays at Bishop Gorman High in Nevada. He is the overall No. 9 ranked player and No. 3 ranked center. Zimmerman is uncommitted and is considering UCLA, UNLV, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona.

    Eric Davis: The 6-3 Davis plays at Arthur Hill in Michigan. He is the No. 43 ranked overall player and the No. 11 ranked shooting guard. Davis is committed to play at Texas.

    Cheick Diallo: The 6-9 Diallo plays at Our Savior High in New York. He is the overall No. 4 ranked player and No. 1 ranked power forward. Diallo is uncommitted and is considering Kentucky, Pittsburgh, St Johns, Kansas and Iowa State.

    Brandon Ingram: The 6-8 Ingram plays at Kinston High in North Carolina. He is the overall No. 18 player and the No. 4 small forward. Ingram is currently uncommitted but is considering N.C. State, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and UCLA.

    Dwayne Bacon: The 6-6 Bacon plays at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He is the overall No. 20 player and the No. 4 shooting guard. Bacon is committed to play at Florida State.

    Carlton Bragg: The 6-8 Bragg plays at Villa Angela-St Joseph in Ohio. He is the No. 16 overall player and the No. 6 power forward. Bragg will play his college basketball at Kansas.

    Diamond Stone: The 6-10 Stone is out of Dominican High in Wisconsin. he is the No. 6 overall player and the No. 2 ranked center. Stone is uncommitted and considering four schools, UConn, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Maryland.

    Allonzo Trier: The 6-4 Trier plays at Findlay Prep in Nevada. he is the No. 12 overall ranked player and No. 2 ranked shooting guard. Trier has committed to play his college basketball at Arizona.

    Chase Jeter: The 6-11 Jeter plays at Bishop Gorman in Nevada, alongside another Fan Poll McDAA, Stephen Zimmerman. He is the No. 8 overall ranked player and No. 3 ranked power forward. He is committed to play for Duke.

    Corey Sanders: The 6-1 Sanders plays at Jenkins High in Florida. Sanders is the No. 77 overall player and the No. 10 ranked point guard. He is committed to play at Rutgers.

    Jalen Brunson: The 6-1 Brunson is out of Adlai Stevenson in Illinois. He is the No. 19 overall ranked player and the No. 2 ranked point guard. he is committed to play at Villanova.

    Caleb Swanigan: The 6-9 Swanigan plays at Honestead in Indiana. He is the No. 13 overall ranked player and the No. 4 ranked center. Swanigan is currently uncommitted and considering multiple schools.

    Luke Kennard: The 6-5 Kennard plays at Franklin High in Ohio. He is the No. 21 overall ranked player and the No. 5 ranked shooting guard. Kennard is committed to play alongside another Fan Poll McDAA member, Chase Jeter, at Duke.

    Thomas Bryant: The 6-10 Bryant plays at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. he is the No. 25 overall ranked player and the No. 7 ranked power forward. Bryant is uncommitted and is considering Kentucky, Indiana and Syracuse with Missouri and Kansas trying to get in late.

    Henry Ellenson: The 6-10 Ellenson is out of Rice Lake High in Wisconsin. He is the No. 11 overall ranked player and the No. 4 ranked power forward. Ellenson is committed to play at Marquette next season.

    Malachi Richardson: The 6-5 Richardson is out of Trenton Catholic in New Jersey. He is the No. 37 overall ranked player and the No. 6 ranked small forward. Richardson is committed to play at Syracuse.

    Derrick Jones: The 6-7 Jones is out of Archbishop Carroll in Pennsylvania. He is the No. 42 overall ranked player and the No. 7 ranked small forward. Jones is committed to play for Dave Rice at UNLV.

    Donovan Mitchell: The 6-3 Mitchell plays at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He is the No. 29 overall ranked player and the No. 7 shooting guard. Mitchell has committed to play at Louisville.

    Congratulations to all 24 members of the ZagsBlog McDonald’s All-American Fan poll.

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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.