Is It Better to Be Parade All American or McDonald’s?

Parade released its High School All American team on Wednesday, and two of the four McDonald’s All Americans headed to Duke were not included on Parade’s list. 

That raises a natural question:  Who’s right about Grayson Allen and Tyus Jones? Parade or McDonald’s? 

First, it’s important to note that, overall, the two organizations usually agree. Of the 68 Duke players to be named Parade All Americans under Mike Krzyzewski, 55 were also named to the McDonald’s team. 

On the flip side, prior to Allen and Jones, 10 other Duke recruits were McDonald’s All Americans but snubbed by Parade

Here are the two lists: 

McDonald’s only

Parade only

Quin Snyder

Mark Alarie

Chris Collins

Kevin Strickland

Steve Wojciechowski

Antonio Lang

Nate James

Erik Meek

Daniel Ewing

Jeff Capel

Sean Dockery

Chris Carrawell

Quinn Cook

Mike Chappell

Marshall Plumlee

William Avery

Amile Jefferson

Shelden Williams

Matt Jones

Jamal Boykin


Brian Zoubek


Josh Hairston


Semi Ojeleye

The Parade list has the biggest misses, including transfers Boykin and Chappell, as well as Josh Hairston. But Parade also found some diamonds that McDonald’s missed, most notably Alarie and Shelden Williams. 

The 10 McDonald’s only players averaged 741 points in their Duke careers, compared to 922 for the Parade onlys. 

McDonald’s only had a national defensive player of the year (Wojciechowski) and combined for six All ACC honors. Wiliams won two national defensive player of the year awards, and he and the Parade only list combined for four All America teams, 11 All ACC honors and an ACC Player of the Year (Carrawell).