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How will the McDonald's All-American Game selection committee view recently re-classified Nerlens Noel's candidacy?



In advance of Thursday's McDonald's All-American Game announcement, we take a crack at projecting what the rosters might look like.

The 35th annual game will be played March 28 at the United Center in Chicago.

The big wild card in the selection process will be recently re-classified Nerlens Noel of Tilton School (N.H.). The 6-foot-10 shot eraser moved his college timeline ahead and some experts/scouts/analysts have already installed him as the top prospect in the Class of 2012.

Mitch McGary of Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Ricardo Ledo of South Kent School (Conn.) are five-star prospects at prep schools (post-graduate programs) in the Northeast. Both were included on the list of McDonald's All-American Game nominees but the committee has a history of bypassing players in the fifth-year gray area.

Forecasting the McDonald's All-American team

West
Player, Hgt., Wgt., Pos., School – College
Brandon Ashley, 6-8, 215, F, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) – Arizona
Isaiah Austin, 7-0, 210, F/C, Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) – Baylor
Perry Ellis, 6-8, 225, F, Heights (Wichita, Kan.) – Kansas
Archie Goodwin, 6-5, 185, G, Sylvan Hills (Sherwood, Ark.) – Kentucky
Grant Jerrett, 6-10, 220, F/C, Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.) – Arizona
Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, 215, G/F, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) – Undecided
Tony Parker, 6-9, 260, F/C, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) – Undecided
Alex Poythress, 6-7, 220, F, Northeast (Clarksville, Tenn.) – Kentucky
Katin Reinhardt, 6-4, 200, G, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) – UNLV
Cameron Ridley, 6-10, 255, C, Fort Bend Bush (Richmond, Texas) – Texas
Marcus Smart, 6-3, 205, G, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) – Oklahoma State
Rasheed Sulaimon, 6-3, 180, G, Strake Jesuit (Houston) – Duke

East
Player, Hgt., Wgt., Pos., School – College
Kyle Anderson, 6-7, 215, G/F, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) – UCLA
Anthony Bennett, 6-7, 230, F, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) – Undecided
DaJuan Coleman, 6-9, 285, C, Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.) – Syracuse
Kris Dunn, 6-2, 175, G, New London (Conn.) – Providence
Kevin Ferrell, 5-11, 160, G, Park Tudor (Indianapolis) – Indiana
Gary Harris, 6-5, 195, G, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.) – Michigan State
Amile Jefferson, 6-8, 185, F, Friends' Central (Wynnewoode, Pa.) – Undecided
Ricardo Ledo, 6-6, 190, G/F, South Kent School (Conn.) – Providence
Mitch McGary, 6-10, 250, F/C, Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) – Michigan
Nerlens Noel, 6-10, 215, F/C, Tilton School (N.H.) – Undecided
Rodney Purvis, 6-3, 185, G, Upper Room Christian (Raleigh, N.C.) – North Carolina State
Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0, 245, C, St. Mark's (Southborough, Mass.) – Arizona

The final six left off our list were (listed alphabetically) Ricardo Gathers of Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.); Shaq Goodwin of Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, Ga.); Marcus Paige of Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa); Devontae Pollard of Kemper County (DeKalb, Miss.); D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.); Gabe York of Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.).

Expect a surprise or two when the announcement is made Thursday. Last season Duke signee Marshall Plumlee was ranked outside the Top 50 by most recruiting services yet landed one of the coveted spots.