College basketball’s next superstars will showcase their skills on Wednesday night at the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game. The annual contest is set to take place in Chicago, featuring the top recruits in the country.
Of the 24 players in the game, all but one ranks in ESPN’s top 30 recruits, as Jawun Evans from Dallas enters next season at No.36. Ben Simmons, who’ll play for the East, leads the way as the nation’s top recruit. The 6’9 Simmons is headed to LSU, along with No.19 Antonio Blakeney from Orlando.
Jahlil Okafor and Justin Jackson were named the co-MVPs of last year’s game. Okafor has led Duke to the Final Four and might be the No.1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Jackson played in all 38 games for North Carolina, averaging 10.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a freshman.
It’s a rarity that the game’s best player doesn’t go on to be a top selection in the NBA Draft. Of the last 10 McDonald's All-American MVP’s, nine have been drafted in the first round and eight have been lottery picks. James Michael McAdoo was the only MVP to go undrafted, though he currently plays for the Golden State Warriors.
Below are the rosters and TV details for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game.
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State Carlton Bragg, Kansas
Antonio Blakeney, LSU Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
Jaylen Brown, Undecided P.J. Dozier Jr., South Carolina
Thomas Bryant, Undecided Brandon Ingram, Undecided
Cheick Diallo, Undecided Chase Jeter, Duke
Henry Ellenson, Marquette Malik Newman, Undecided
Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State Ivan Rabb, Undecided
Luke Kennard, Duke Malachi Richardson, Syracuse
Dedric Lawson, Memphis Caleb Swanigan, Undecided
Ben Simmons, LSU Allonzo Trier, Arizona
Diamond Stone, Maryland Stephen Zimmerman, Undecided
Start Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Online Stream: WatchESPN