Two current B1G commitments have been named to the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game, being held March 28th at the United Center in Chicago. Michigan State-bound shooting guard Gary Harris will play on the East team while point guard and Indiana verbal Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell will play for the West. Ferrell is out of state title contender Park Tudor School in Indianapolis and Harris plays at Hamilton Southeastern High School in nearby Fishers, Indiana.
Despite the game being in Chicago, these are the only two B1G players to participate in the game. Michigan’s top commitment Mitch McGary, a Chesterton, Indiana native, is ineligible for the game because he is a 5th-year prep student. In fact, the only other players from B1G country are North Carolina-bound Marcus Paige (Marion, Iowa) and still undecided Amile Jefferson (Philadelphia, PA).
Jefferson is not the only prospect in the game to not yet choose their school. Tony Parker, a big man from Lithonia, Georgia, will join Jefferson on the East squad. Parker has long been a recruiting target of Thad Matta and Ohio State, though he reportedly won’t decide until this spring. The Buckeyes are up against Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Memphis and UConn in that recruiting battle. On the West roster, Anthony Bennett, Devonta Pollard, and consensus number one prospect Shabazz Muhammad represent the undecideds.
NC State has the most committed players with 3 (Rodney Purvis, TJ Warren and Tyler Lewis), though that could change if any of the undecided players land at Kentucky and join current Wildcat signees Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress. Coach John Calipari is involved in all of the undecided players in this game, though it is rumored that a couple are leaning to other programs.