All nine of UK’s commitments and remaining recruiting targets were among the more than 800 high school seniors nominated to play in this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game.
The list was released Thursday morning by the game’s organizers.
Included in the group were UK signees Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis, along with UK commitment Dakari Johnson. Also included were UK recruits Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon. In past years, players who played in less than 50 percent of their team’s games were not eligible to play in the McDonald’s event. But organizers told the Herald-Leader on Thursday that Randle — who has missed almost the entire season with a broken foot — will be considered for the game.
The final group of 24 players will be announced Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. The game will be played April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.
Tickets for the game will go on sale Saturday at noon. They can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or by calling (866) 909-4263.
All three of UK’s women’s signees — Linnae Harper, Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers — were on the list of nominees.
The women’s game will also be played April 3 at the United Center.
In all, 10 boys players from Kentucky made the list. They were Willis, Dunbar’s William Gary, Pulaski County’s Taylor Gover, Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins, Trinity’s Darryl Hicks, Ballard’s Lavonne Holland, Montgomery County’s Omar Prewitt, Dunbar’s Mike Smith, Bullitt East’s Rusty Troutman and Lexington Catholic’s Jack Whitman.
A full list of the nominees can be found here.