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McDonald’s All American Game Preview

Highlighting the top NBA draft prospects at the McDonald’s All American game

Every year the best high school basketball players in the country gather for the top all star game on the circuit. Alumni include many of the NBA stars of the past and present with names like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. Making the Mcdonald’s All American roster is a good sign you are on the right path towards playing in the league, and we broke down the best NBA prospects to watch from the star filled game. The game will take place tonight on ESPN2 at 7 pm eastern standard time.

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Precious Achiuwa Montverde Acad. 6’9″215 SF
Rivals: 16 247 Sports: 6 ESPN: 16 2020 Mock Draft: 15

Achiuwa is an athletic wing with size, that can get to the rim. As with most players whose game’s are built around their athleticism, he needs to work on his outside shot. The undecided recruit competed in the dunk contest, where he showcased the athletic ability that should be on display in the wide open all star game pace. As one of the last big stars left unsigned, Achiuwa has put himself in the position to see what the rosters look like following the NCAA tournament, and make his decision from there.

Cole Anthony Oak Hill Academy 6’3″ 185 PG
Rivals: 4 247 Sports: 3 ESPN: 2 2020 Mock Draft: 2

The son of former NBA player and current media member Greg Anthony, the younger Anthony is a blend of quickness and athletic ability to go with a solid fundamental base. He is the coach on the floor type of point guard, who can dish out assists, score, and guard on the perimeter. Keeping turnovers down will be key for him at the next level, but in this setting look for him to get a lot of assists on fast break opportunities. Anthony has not decided where to attend college, with his recruiting process being kept internal, there is no clear answer as to where it will be.

Vernon Carey Jr. University School 6’10” 275 Center
Rivals: 1 247 Sports: 4 ESPN: 3 2020 Mock Draft: 12

Drawing comparisons to big men like Demarcus Cousins, Carey Jr. is a big body that possesses agility and athleticism that should not exist. He should get plenty of chances for easy dunks and to showcase his ability in the open court. He can shoot it, although is not a great shooter yet, and put the ball on the floor using his size to get to the basket. Carey Jr. will attend Duke next season.

Anthony Edwards Holy Spirit Prep 6’4″ 210 SG
Rivals: 2 247 Sports: 1 ESPN: 5 2020 Mock Draft: 3

Edwards is a high flying shooting guard who excels in transition, which is obviously perfect for an all star game setting. He can shoot the ball, but it will be a big part of his work to improve as he gets closer to beginning his freshman season at Georgia. This was a big pick up for Tom Crean, and how his draft stock ends up at the end of his freshman year, will be big to a Georgia program that could possibly have three draft picks next season if Nicolas Claxton and Rayshaun Hammonds return to school. Edwards combination of size, speed, and athleticism will have him in the conversation of being the number one pick if he has a freshman year that lives up to expectations.

Scottie Lewis Ranney School 6’5″ 185 SG
Rivals: 13 247 Sports: 12 ESPN: 12 2020 Mock Draft: 8

Much like Anthony Edwards, Lewis is a high flying shooting guard who will need to work on his shot, but has shown he has the ability and potential to shoot the ball at a high level. The player that most deserved to win the dunk contest on Monday night, he showed off his elite athleticism with multiple high level dunks. How efficient he can be shooting the ball will be the thing scouts and NBA teams want to see most next year, but he should shine in the all star game setting. Lewis will attend Florida next season.

Jaden Mcdaniels Federal Way H.S. 6’11” 195 SF/PF
Rivals: 6 247 Sports: 5 ESPN: 6 2020 Mock Draft: 1

We currently have Mcdaniels going number on overall in our 2020 mock draft. It is hard not to imagine why we have him number one given the potential of a 6’11” athletic player that has possibly the highest ceiling of anyone in the class. He can do some work inside, but his game in college and his NBA projection will be determined by how well he shoots the ball and shows off his guard like skills. If he is efficient in those areas, he is a unique and rare prospect at his size, but if he is not he runs the risk of losing some draft value without having the strength required to play inside. His size and length to go with his skill set will bring comparisons of Kevin Durant and as of now Mcdaniels is currently undecided on where he will play college.

Bryan Antoine Ranney School 6’5″ 180 PG
Rivals: 11 247 Sports: 17 ESPN: 14 2020 Mock Draft: 10

Since beginning high school Antoine and fellow Mcdonald’s All American Scottie Lewis have been known as a dynamic duo teaming up together the Ranney School. Antoine is the point guard in that duo, but he can also score as well. Possessing good size at 6’5″, he is long and athletic as well as having a solid all around game. Only weighing 180 pounds, he will be required to beef up in college much like the maturation process that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had to work through his freshman season at Kentucky. It is a bit of a mystery as to why he is not ranked higher on the 3 main recruiting services, however NBA scouts and teams don’t care where you were ranked. Antoine will play his college basketball at Villanova.

Josh Green IMG Academy 6’6″ 205 SG
Rivals: 12 247 Sports: 16 ESPN: 7 2020 Mock Draft: 13

Another athletic shooting guard, Green is exactly what scouts and NBA teams look for in a wing prospect with good size, athleticism and shooting ability. He can create his own shot at an elite level which should give him plenty of opportunities to score in college and beyond. If he shoots well as a freshman and puts up solid numbers, he is a lock to be a first round pick next season and could easily be a top ten pick when it is all said and done. Green will play at Arizona next year.

Kahlil Whitney Roselle Catholic H.S. 6’7″ 200 SG/SF
Rivals: 8 247 Sports: 7 ESPN: 9 2020 Mock Draft: 22

Whitney participated in the dunk contest earlier this week, showing that his athleticism is off the charts. How his game translates to the NBA will be dictated by how well he can shoot the ball, as it is much more difficult to rely on athleticism in a league full of elite athletes. At the college level Whitney is going to be a beast in transition with his size, speed and vertical abilities, and we will get in early preview of that with future teammate Tyrese Maxey being on the west roster as well. Whitney will play his college basketball at Kentucky next season.

James Wiseman Memphis East H.S. 7’1″ 245 Center
Rivals: 3 247 Sports: 2 ESPN: 1 2020 Mock Draft: 5

At one point it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Wiseman would end up being the number one player in the rankings, he has been surpassed in some minds by Mcdaniels, Anthony, and Edwards. Despite the non consensus on who is the top prospect, he is viewed by many as the top big man in the class. His is size is good at 7’1″, he can run the floor, and has shown that the potential is there for his shot and game to extend out towards the three point line. On the defensive side he is a menace to anyone trying to attack the rim, which should lead to big numbers in college next season. He has the potential to go #1 overall in next years draft, and that process will begin when Wiseman plays at Memphis next season.

Tyrese Maxey South Garland H.S. 6’4″ 185 PG
Rivals: 9 247 Sports: 11 ESPN: 11 2020 Mock Draft: NR

Maxey has been in and out of our 2020 mock draft this season, and as long as he plays well in his freshman year, he could play his way into lottery consideration. His measurements are good at 6’4″ 185 with a frame that appears will add muscle well, as well as being billed as a good shooter. He should have a field day with the open space format that an all star game leads to, dishing out assists and getting open shots. As long as he lives up the expectations of his ability to create his own shot off of the dribble, as well as being able to catch and shoot to go with his point guard skills he will compare to someone like Coby White at UNC. Maxey will play at Kentucky next season.

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