McDonald's All-American Game Rosters Announced
The 2005 McDonald's All-American Game will be played at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Wednesday, March 30. The game will be aired live at 8 p.m. (EST) on ESPN.
Rosters for the boys' game were announced on Wednesday. Click here to check out who made the cut.
Among the 24 players selected to play in this year's game were superstars like Louis Williams, Richard Hendrix, Tyler Hansbrough, Josh McRoberts, Julian Wright, Martell Webster, Tasmin Mitchell and Monta Ellis — all of whom are rated among the Top 10 recruits in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.
But two Top 10 recruits did not get invites: Mount Zion (N.C.) swingman Brandon Rush and South Kent Prep (Conn.) center Andray Blatche.
The McDonald's All-American Game official Web site states under its eligibility guidelines: "Only true seniors are allowed to play in the McDonald's All-American Game. Players are only eligible once during their high school career to play in the game. Any player repeating his senior year will not be able to participate, although if a fifth-year player had only repeated an earlier year (freshman, sophomore or junior), he will still be eligible to play — as long as it was not his senior year that he repeated."
Under those guidelines, it's understandable why Blatche and Top 20 recruit Shawne Williams of Laurinburg Institute (N.C.) were ineligible for this year's game, as both players are repeating their senior years at prep schools.
Rush, on the other hand, is a trickier case. He did reclassify as a junior when he transferred to Mount Zion last year, but he is not repeating his senior year, which should make him eligible according to the above guidelines.
It's likely that he was considered a prep school player due to his affiliation with Mount Zion, but his omission from the roster is still curious and could provide a precedent for future years.
The exclusion of Rush, Blatche and Williams — as well as Top 20 recruit Keith Brumbaugh, whose stock has dropped considerably since last summer — opened the door for a few "bubble" selections to make the cut.
Byron Eaton, Brandon Costner, Korvotney Barber and Danny Green were the only four McDonald's selections ranked No. 30 or higher in the senior class by SchoolSports.com.
Green, who was ranked No. 45 in our preseason player rankings, is perhaps the biggest surprise. But given his MVP performance at ABCD Camp last summer and his stellar senior season so far, which includes leading St. Mary's (N.Y.) to an undefeated record and a No. 1 national ranking, Green's inclusion on the East roster is well deserved.
As for which colleges are the happiest with the McDonald's choices, North Carolina (Hansbrough, Danny Green and Bobby Frasor), Duke (McRoberts, Greg Paulus and Eric Boateng) and Kansas (Wright, Micah Downs and Mario Chalmers) lead the way with three selections apiece.
Oklahoma State (Gerald Green and Eaton) and Washington (Webster and Jon Brockman) follow with two selections each. No other colleges landed multiple McDonald's All-Americans this year.