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Monday / January 30.
  • McDonald’s All-America Game rosters highlighted by Kentucky and Duke commits

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The final rosters for the 2023 McDonald’s All American Games were announced Tuesday, and, as usual, they were highlighted by Kentucky and Duke commits.

    Four Kentucky commits — Aaron Bradshaw, Justin Edwards, Reed Sheppard and DJ Wagner — and three Duke pledges — Jared McCain, Mackenzie Mgbako, and Sean Stewart — were chosen.

    “It definitely means a lot. To be able to step on the same floor they stepped on is a great honor,” Wagner, who’s averaging 20.5 points per game and is the third member of this family to be chosen for the game, after his father Dajuan and his grandfather Milt, told NJ.com.

    “It definitely means a lot to play in that game; an honor to just be given the opportunity. That’s the stuff you dream of.”

    Two apiece from Michigan State — Xavier Booker and Jeremy Fears — and Oregon — Mookie Cook and Kwame Evans –– were selected.

    Four players from New Jersey were chosen in Bradshaw, Mgbako and Wagner and Kansas commit Elmarko Jackson. Roselle Catholic coach Dave Boff said he was happy for Mgbako, but believed that North Carolina commit Simeon Wilcher should also have been chosen.

    “I’m very happy for Mackenzie for his selection to the McDonald’s Game,” Boff said. “He’s a great player and deserving of the selection and I’m proud of his continued development this year.

    “I’m also surprised and very disappointed in the committee not also including Simeon Wilcher in the game. I firmly believe Simeon should also have been selected. That being said, I want to again congratulate Mackenzie in his selection. I know he’ll do great in the game.”

    Bronny James is the only uncommitted player in the game.

    Kentucky has now signed 44 McDonald’s All Americans out of high school during the John Calipari era, more than any other school in the country during that time period. Kentucky has signed 76 McDonald’s All Americans since the game began in 1977.

    EAST

    Xavier Booker (Michigan State)

    Aaron Bradshaw (Kentucky)

    Matas Buzelis (G League Ignite)

    Stephon Castle (UConn)

    Justin Edwards (Kentucky)

    Kwame Evans (Oregon)

    Aden Holloway (Auburn)

    Elmarko Jackson (Kansas)

    Mackenzie Mgbako (Duke)

    Sean Stewart (Duke)

    DJ Wagner (Kentucky)

    Cody Williams (Colorado)

    WEST

    Omaha Biliew (Iowa State)

    Isaiah Collier (USC)

    Mookie Cook (Oregon)

    Baye Fall (Arkansas)

    Jeremy Fears (Michigan State)

    Brandon Garrison (Oklahoma State)

    Ron Holland (Texas)

    Bronny James (Uncommitted)

    Jared McCain (Duke)

    Reed Sheppard (Kentucky)

    Andrej Stojakovic (Stanford)

    Ja’Kobe Walter (Baylor)

    The game will tip-off on Tuesday, March 28 at the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets.

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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.