UCLA recruits Kris Wilkes and Jaylen Hands to play in 2017 McDonald’s All American Game

January 16, 2017

The McDonald’s All American Games unveiled the official rosters for the 40th annual boys game and 16th annual girls game during today’s McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU. The nation’s premier high school basketball all-star event will take place March 29 at Chicago’s United Center. The boys game begins at 6 p.m. CST March 29 and will be televised live on ESPN.

The 2017 McDonald’s All American boys teams feature the country’s top talent hailing from 13 different states.

Of those who have decided, Kentucky has the most commitments with four, followed by Duke and UCLA with two each.

UCLA's two commits are Kris Wilkes, a highly regarded 6-7 forward out of Indiana (perhaps drawn to UCLA by having former Hoosiers star Steve Alford as the Bruins coach), and California point guard Jaylen Hands.

USC also has one recruit participating, 6-6 forward Charles O'Bannon Jr., son of former UCLA great Charles O'Bannon and nephew to Bruins great Ed O'Bannon.  O'Bannon Jr. has chosen to attend his father's crosstown rival school.

“The boys and girls selected to the McDonald’s All American Games 2017 rosters represent the future of basketball,” said Morgan Wootten, Hall-of-Fame basketball coach and McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. “We’re excited to see their talent on display in Chicago and look forward to following their respective careers.”

The East Team includes Duke-bound Wendell Carter (Pace Academy, Atlanta, GA) and Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School, West Chester, PA). Other team members include Trevon Duval (IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL), Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook High School, Mableton, GA), and Mitchell Robinson (Chalmette High School, Chalmette, LA), the first committed Western Kentucky player to participate in the Games.

The West Team will be led by Arizona-bound DeAndre Ayton (Hillcrest Prep, Phoenix, AZ) and Washington-bound Michael Porter Jr. (Nathan Hale High School, Seattle, WA). The two will also be joined by Gary Trent Jr. (Prolific Prep, Napa, CA), Brian Bowen (La Lumiere School, La Porte, IN) and Trae Young (Norman North High School, Norman, OK).

Of the 24 boys selected to be McDonald’s All Americans, seven have yet to make their college decisions.

This year’s teams were selected from more than 750 nominees by the McDonald’s All American Games selection committee, led by Wootten.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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