The West beat the East, 109-107, in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night in Chicago. Michael Porter Jr. was named game MVP with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the West team.
This is the 40th anniversary of the nation’s premier high school all-star game, which has featured the future stars of college and the NBA every year since 1978. The first team included future Hall of Fame member Magic Johnson.
This year, 24 of the nation’s best players came together in Chicago to go head to head. They represent programs across the nation such as Kentucky, UCLA and Duke, as well as Oregon, Alabama and even Western Kentucky.
Before these players make a name for themselves in college and in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, they were in the spotlight on Wednesday night.
2017 McDonald’s All-American game score, updates
Final score: West 109, East 107
MVP: Michael Porter, Jr. (Mizzou) — 17 points, 8 rebounds
2017 McDonald’s All-American game preview
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: March 29, 2017
Location: United Center, Chicago
Six of the 24 players in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American basketball game are uncommitted. Here are their current leaders, per 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball.
C Mohamed Bamba, 5-star (No. 3 nationally): Kentucky
PG Trevon Duval, 5-star (No. 5 nationally): Duke
PF Kevin Knox, 5-star (No. 8 nationally): Duke
PF Brandon McCoy, 5-star (No. 11 nationally): Oregon
SF Brian Bowen, 5-star (No. 15 nationally): Michigan State, Arizona
SG M.J. Walker, 5-star (No. 22 nationally): Florida State
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 (Fla.)|
|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||Southern Cal|
|1||Michael Porter Jr.||SF||6-10||212||Missouri|
|2||Gary Trent Jr.||SG||6-5||200||Duke|
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 247Sports, 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 in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game have yet to announce their college decisions. It might 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, at No. 3. Currently, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball has him projected to pick Kentucky, although Duke is right there at the top as well.
Given that this is the nation’s most prestigious basketball recruiting all-star game, it’s safe to say that most of today’s biggest stars were once McDonald’s All-Americans. Here’s a list of some of the most famous recent McDonald’s All-Americans:
- Michael Jordan (1981)
- Shaquille O’Neal (1989)
- Kobe Bryant (1996)
- Carmelo Anthony (2002)
- LeBron James (2003)
- Kevin Durant (2006)
A full list of every McDonald’s All-American can be found here.