LEXINGTON, Ky. — The numbers are getting silly now for Kentucky basketball and coach John Calipari. When the 2017 McDonald’s All-American teams were announced Sunday night, the Wildcats had four, bringing Calipari’s total to 29 since 2009 and Kentucky’s all-time tally to 61.
Point guard Quade Green, small forward Jarred Vanderbilt, power forward P.J. Washington and center Nick Richards all made the East team for the McDonald’s game, which will be March 29 at 7 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago (ESPN). All but Vanderbilt have already signed with Kentucky, while Vanderbilt is expected to sign in the spring.
Another top-40 signee for the Wildcats, combo guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, did not make the cut. But remaining UK targets Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox did, as did future SEC competition Collin Sexton, who is headed to Alabama.
UK McD’s ALL-AMERICANS (CALIPARI ERA)
2017 (4) – Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards
2016 (4) – Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Sacha Killeya-Jones
2015 (1) – Isaiah Briscoe
2014 (4) – Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker
2013 (6) – Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle, James Young, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee
2012 (2) – Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin
2011 (4) – Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Kyle Wiltjer
2010 (3) – Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb
2009 (1) – DeMarcus Cousins
* Kentucky signees Hamidou Diallo (2016), Wenyen Gabriel (2016), Jamal Murray (2015), Skal Labissiere (2015), Nerlens Noel (2012), Enes Kanter (2010), John Wall (2009), Eric Bledsoe (2009) and Daniel Orton (2009) were all 5-star recruits, too, but were either not eligible for or not chosen to play in the McDonald’s game.