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HSE's Harris, Park Tudor's Ferrell Named McDonald's All Americans
February 9, 2012By Rich Torres of VYPE MAGAZINE - Central Indiana
On Thursday, the official rosters for the 35th Annual McDonald’s All American Boys Game and 11th Annual McDonald’s All American Girls Game were unveiled during a selection show on ESPNU.
Among the 48 boys and girls chosen to participate, two Central Indiana standouts were selected to play in the boys game scheduled to take place on March 28 at Chicago’s United Center.
Hamilton Southeastern senior shooting guard Gary Harris was named to the East Team. Park Tudor senior point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell was selected to play for the West Team.
The two Indianapolis-area players were the only Hoosier high schoolers selected to compete in the annual event and the only Big Ten recruits currently on the boys’ rosters.
Harris signed his letter of intent to play at Michigan State. Ferrell signed with Indiana University.
Several other top 2012 prospects weren’t eligible for the boys’ game due to being fifth-year players. Among those players was Chesterton’s Mitch McGary, the No. 2 prospect in the state by ESPNU 100. The 6-10 power forward has signed with Michigan.
The nation’s No. 1 recruit, according to ESPNU 100, Nerlens Noel of The Tilton School (Everett, Mass.) was also ineligible due to being a fifth-year player. Noel is currently undecided.
Lake Central’s Glenn Robinson, the state’s No. 3 recruit, was nominated for the event but missed the final cut. The 6-6 small forward has committed to Michigan.
Other Central Indiana boys players nominated were Avon’s Austin Burgett, Kellen Dunham of Pendleton Heights, Jeremy Hollowell of Lawrence Central, Ronnie Johnson of North Central and Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson.
Harris, who is ranked No. 1 at his position nationally by ESPNU 100, committed to Michigan State last November. The 11th overall recruit in the nation considered offers from Kentucky, Indiana, Purdue and Louisville before picking the Spartans.
Class 4A Hamilton Southeastern is ranked No. 1 in the state and has won two sectional titles in the past three years. The 6-4 Harris leads the team in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 24.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Harris will be joined on the East Team by Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony, N.J.), the nation’s fourth-ranked recruit.
Ferrell, who is ranked third at his position by ESPNU 100, is the 33rd overall prospect in the nation and fourth in the state.
The 5-11 Ferrell has led the Class 2A Park Tudor Panthers to the IHSAA State Finals in consecutive seasons, claiming the school’s first basketball state title last March.
Park Tudor is ranked No. 1 in the state and carries a 15-2 record this year.
Ferrell will be joined by Shabazz Muhammad, the nation’s No. 2 recruit overall, on the West Team. Shabazz, a 6-6 guard from Las Vegas, is entertaining offers from UCLA, USC, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, UNLV, Memphis and Texas A&M.
This year’s McDonald’s All American teams were selected from a field of 600 nominees by the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee, led by committee chairman, Morgan Wootten.
The boys game tips-off at 9:30 p.m. (ET), broadcasting live on ESPN. The girls game begins at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and will be shown live on ESPNU.
Practices for the 2012 games begin on March 25 in Chicago. On March 26, The POWERADE Jam Fest, which includes a skills competition, 3-point shootout and a dunk contest, will be held at the University of Chicago. The event will air on ESPN2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (ET).
2012 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Teams
Boys East Team
Kyle Anderson/G-F/6-8/St. Anthony, NJ/UCLA
DaJuan Coleman/F-C/6-10/Jamesville-DeWitt, NY/Syracuse
Kris Dunn/G/6-3/New London, CT/Providence
Perry Ellis/F-C/6-8/Wichita Heights, KS/Kansas
William Goodwin/F/6-8/Southwest DeKalb, GA/Memphis
Gary Harris/G/6-4/Hamilton Southeastern, IN/Michigan State
Amile Jefferson/G/6-9/Friends Central, PA/Undecided
Tyler Lewis/G/5-11/Oak Hill Academy, VA/N.C. State
Tony Parker/F-C/6-9/Miller Grove, GA/Undecided
Alex Poythress/F/6-8/Northeast, TN/Kentucky
Rodney Purvis/G/6-3/Upper Room Christian, NC/N.C. State
T.J. Warren/G-F/6-7/Brewster Academy, NH/N.C. State
Boys West Team
Brandon Ashley/F/6-9/Findlay Prep, NV/Arizona
Isaiah Austin/F-C/7-0/Grace Prep, TX/Baylor
Anthony Bennett/F/6-7/Findlay Prep, NV/Undecided
Kevin Ferrell/G/5-11/Park Tudor, IN/Indiana
Archie Goodwin/G-F/6-5/Sylvan Hills, AR/Kentucky
Grant Jerrett/F-C/6-9/Lutheran, CA/Arizona
Shabazz Muhammad/G/6-6/Bishop Gorman, NV/Undecided
Marcus Paige/G/6-1/Linn-Marr, IA/North Carolina
Devonta Pollard/F/6-7/Kemper County, MS/Undecided
Cameron Ridley/C/6-10/George Bush, TX/Texas
Marcus Smart/G-F/6-4/Marcus, TX/Oklahoma State
Rasheed Sullivan/G/6-4/Strake Jesuit, TX/Duke
Girls East Team
Brianna Butler/G/5-11/Nazareth Regional, NY/Syracuse
Kahleah Cooper/G/6-1/Prep Charter, PA/Rutgers
Bashaara Graves/F/6-2/Clarksville, TN/Tennessee
Bria Holmes/G/6-1/James E. Hillhouse, CT/West Virginia
Malina Howard/F-C/6-3/Twinsburg, OH/Maryland
Niya Johnson/G/5-7/P.K. Young, FL/Baylor
Michaela Mabrey/G/5-9/Manasquan, NJ/Notre Dame
Sierra Moore/G-F/5-11/Delone Catholic, PA/Duke
Alexis Prince/G-F/6-2/Edgewater, FL/Baylor
Breanna Stewart/F/6-3/Cicero-North Syracuse, NY/Connecticut
Brittney Sykes/G/5-9/University, NJ/Syracuse
Janee Thompson/G/5-7/Whitney Young, IL/Kentucky
Girls West Team
Jordan Adams/G/6-1/Mater Dei, CA/USC
Candice Agee/F-C/6-6/Silverado, CA/Penn State
Katie Collier/C/6-3/Seattle Christian, WA/Washington
Nirra Fields/G/5-9/Mater Dei, CA/UCLA
Moriah Jefferson/G/5-7/Home School, TX/Connecticut
Alexis Jones/G/5-8/MacArthur, TX/Duke
Jordan Jones/G/5-6/DeSoto, TX/Texas A&M
Jewell Loyd/G/5-9/Niles West, IL/Notre Dame
Xylina McDaniel/F-C/6-2/Spring Valley, SC/North Carolina
Imani Stafford/C/6-7/Windward, CA/Texas
Morgan Tuck/F/6-2/Bolingbrook, IL/Connecticut
Courtney Williams/G-F/6-1/North Shore, TX/Texas A&M