Video: Behind the scenes at the McDonald's All-American GameWatch several players, including boys' Player of the Year candidate Michael Porter, share their personality.
It's a good possibility that John Calipari will still be coaching his Kentucky Wildcats on March 29, three days before the Final Four.
But even if he is practicing with his squad, you can bet he'll still have his eyes on Chicago's United Center that night.
That's the time and site of the 40th annual McDonald's All-American Game, where at least four future Wildcats will be showcasing their skills for the East team.
Twenty-four of the nation's top seniors for the boys game were announced Sunday, including Kentucky commits Nick Richards, a 6-foot-11 post from The Patrick School, 6-1 point guard Quade Green of Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia), and 6-8 forwards P.J. Washington of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) and Jarred Vanderbilt of Victory Prep Academy (Houston).
With seven McDonald's All Americans undecided about their college plans, Calipari might secure others by game time.
Players from 13 states were selected, including three from Pennsylvania — Green, 6-11 post Mohammed Bamba of Westtown School (Westchester) and 6-4 shooting guard Lonnie Walker of Reading were also selected. Nevada, California and Georgia also will be represented with three players each.
The West is led by the nation's top two recruits, according to 247Sports: Seven-foot center DeAndre Ayton of Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix) and 6-10 small forward Michael Porter Jr. of Nathan Hale (Seattle).
This year's teams were selected from more than 750 nominees by the
McDonald's All-American Games selection committee, led by Morgan
Wootten, committee chairman and legendary Hall of Fame basketball coach. Past participants in the event include Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Magic Johnson.
EASTName, Heigt, Position, School — CollegeMohamed Bamba
, 6-11, C, Westtown (Pa.)
— UndecidedWendell Carter Jr
, 6-9, PG, Pace Academy (Atlanta)
— DukeTrevon Duval
, 6-3, PG, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
— UndecidedQuade Green
, 6-1, PG, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)
— KentuckyKevin Knox
, 6-8, F, Tampa Catholic (Fla.)
— UndecidedNick Richards
, 6-11, C, Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.)
— KentuckyMitchell Robinson
, 6-11, Chalmette (La.)
— Western KentuckyCollin Sexton
, 6-3, SG, Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.)
— AlabamaLonnie Walker
, 6-4, SG, Reading (Pa.)
— MiamiP.J. Washington
, 6-8, F, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
— KentuckyKris Wilkes
, 6-7, F, North Central (Indianapolis)
— UCLAJarred Vanderbilt
6-8, F, Victory Prep (Houston)
— KentuckyWESTDeAndre Ayton
, 7-0, C, Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix)
— ArizonaBrian Bowen
, 6-7, F, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
— UndecidedTroy Brown Jr.
, 6-7, F, Centennial (Las Vegas)
— OregonJaylen Hands
, 6-3, PG, Foothills Christian (El Cajon, Calif.)
— UCLAJaren Jackson
, 6-11, F, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
— Michigan StateBrandon McCoy
, 6-11, C, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
— UndecidedCharles O'Bannon
, 6-6, F, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
— USCMichael Porter Jr.
, 6-10, F, Nathan Hale (Seattle)
— WashingtonBilly Preston
, 6-10, F, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
— KansasGary Trent Jr.
, 6-5, SG, Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.)
— DukeM.J. Walker
, 6-5, SG, Jonesboro (Ga.)
— UndecidedTrae Young
, 6-2, PG, Norman North (Okla.)