The 2017 McDonald’s All-American game starts at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago, as 24 of the nation’s best recruits go head-to-head.
It’s also a preview of the next crop of Kentucky Wildcats for John Calipari and fans. The Wildcats currently have four recruits playing on Wednesday night, and are waiting on the decision of Mo Bamba, the nation’s third-ranked player. Seeing this group of five-star players on national TV could be a salve for fans awaiting the NBA decisions of Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo.
If Kentucky plans to make a deep run in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, these All-Americans will be a big reason why.
Check below for information on the 2017 McDonald’s All-American basketball game.
What time is the 2017 McDonald’s All-American game?
The 2017 McDonald’s All-American men’s basketball game is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at the United Center in Chicago.
What TV channel will broadcast the 2017 McDonald’s All-American game?
ESPN will broadcast the 2017 McDonald’s All-American men’s basketball game.
How can I stream the 2017 McDonald’s All-American game online?
Fans can stream the 2017 McDonald’s All-American basketball game at WatchESPN.com or on the WatchESPN app.
Which Kentucky recruits are playing in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American game?
Kentucky leads the way with four signees playing in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American basketball game. All four will play on the East team.
0 PG Quade Green (6-1, 170) — Philadelphia
Green, a 5-star point guard, committed to Kentucky on Nov. 16, 2016. He is the nation’s 24th-ranked player in the 2017 recruiting class, and had offers from Syracuse, Kansas and Villanova, among others.
4 C Nicholas Richards (6-11, 250) — Hillside, N.J.
Richards, a 5-star center, committed to Kentucky on Nov. 10, 2016. He is the nation’s 14th-ranked player in the 2017 recruiting class, and the second-ranked center. He had offers from Arizona, Kansas, UCLA and Syracuse, among others.
2 SF Jarred Vanderbilt (6-8, 200) — Houston
Vanderbilt, a 5-star small forward, committed to Kentucky on Dec. 23, 2016. He is the nation’s 20th-ranked player in the 2017 recruiting class and the second-ranked small forward. He had offers from North Carolina, Indiana and Kansas, among others.
25 PF P.J. Washington, Jr. (6-8, 225) — Henderson, Nev.
Washington, Jr., a 5-star power forward, signed with Kentucky on Nov. 10, 2016. He is the nation’s 13th-ranked player in the 2017 recruiting class and the fifth-ranked power forward. He had offers from Florida, Kansas and UCLA, among others.
2017 McDonald’s All-American game full rosters
A link to the full rosters can be found here.
|34||Wendell Carter, Jr.||PF||6-9||254||Duke|
|23||Kevin Knox II||SF||6-8||203||Undecided|
|22||Mitchell Robinson||C||6-11||215||Western Kentucky|
|14||Lonnie Walker IV||SG||6-4||192||Miami|
|25||P.J. Washington, Jr.||PF||6-8||225||Kentucky|
|20||Brian ‘Tugs’ Bowen II||SF||6-7||190||Undecided|
|5||Troy Brown, Jr.||SF||6-7||215||Oregon|
|8||Jaren Jackson, Jr.||PF||6-11||244||Michigan|
|44||Brandon L. McCoy||C||6-11||244||Undecided|
|21||Chuck O’Bannon, Jr.||SF||6-6||200||USC|
|1||Michael Porter, Jr.||SF||6-10||212||Missouri|
|2||Gary Trent, Jr.||SG||6-5||200||Duke|
2017 McDonald’s All-American game preview, storylines
Best of the best
Fans won’t get to see a better combination of the nation’s best prep basketball players. Twenty-three of the country’s top 25 players, according to 247 Sports, will play in the game on Wednesday night in Chicago. That includes nine of the country’s top 10. The only player in the top 10 that won’t be on the court at the United Center is Hamidou Diallo, who is already on campus in Kentucky.
Still waiting on decisions
Six of the 24 players on the 2017 McDonald’s All-American have yet to announce their college decisions. It may have been seven, but Michael Porter, Jr. — the nation’s No. 2 player — announced his commitment to Missouri last week after he was released from his National Letter of Intent by Washington following the firing of Lorenzo Romar. Center Mohamed Bamba is the highest-rated uncommitted player at the game, as he’s the nation’s third-ranked player. Currently, 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball has him projected to pick Kentucky, although Duke is right there at the top, as well.