ACC recruits impress in the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game

After viewing both the annual McDonald’s All American Game on March 30 (held at Chicago’s United Center) and a full 40-minute scrimmage between the East and West teams the previous day, we once again conclude that for the most part, it’s hard to differentiate the talent level and potential of the bulk of the participants. As usual, the guards took most of the shots (raising questions about shot selection), the overall level of hustle and effort, especially on defense, was spotty (to be generous), and the primary way that big men touched the ball was via rebounds at either end of the court.

The 24 players in the prestigious McDonald’s Game for high school seniors included at least six ACC signees among the 20 who have made their college decisions prior to the rapidly coming six-week spring national signing period. In addition, at least two of the four undecided McD’s still have an ACC school (or two) on their list of finalists.

The six signees with ACC teams are 6-9 MO WF/WG Jayson Tatum (bound for Duke), 6-4 UT WG/PG Frank Jackson (also Duke), 6-10 FL C/BF Tony Bradley (North Carolina), 6-9 FL C/BF Dewan Huell (Miami), 6-7 VA/OH WF V.J. King (Louisville) and 6-3 IN PG/WG Kyle Guy (Virginia). Also continuing to consider ACC teams are 6-10 TX C/BF Jarrett Allen (down to Kansas, Kentucky, UNC, Texas, Notre Dame and Houston), and 6-9 TX C/BF Marques Bolden (mulling over Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, and possibly Texas A&M and/or Baylor), both mobile inside operators. Below, we’ll briefly discuss the other six individuals mentioned in this paragraph.

While our current choice as the number one prospect in the class of 2016 is 6-7 CA/ON WF/WG Josh Jackson, a superb athlete with skills who was consistently outstanding in Chicago and is looking at Michigan State, Arizona, Kansas and perhaps Kentucky, not far behind at all is Tatum, who has outstanding skills and played well, though not really exceptionally. Regardless, we expect him to…