At the end of January, the rosters for the 38th annual McDonald’s All American game were unveiled on ESPNU. The game will be split by East and West, with the East boasting the nation’s top two prospects and former AAU members, Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown. On the other bench, #4 Malik Newman (also an AAU alumnus), along with five of the top 10 seniors in the country, will lead the West team.
Of the 12 players on the East’s roster, all but one of them are former AAU members and ten of those 12 are in the top 25 on the 2015 ESPN Top 100 list. For the West, only two members are not former AAU members and everyone on the roster is in the top 25 on the 2015 ESPN Top 100 list.
These top players came from several different AAU teams, but Each 1 Teach 1 had the most in the ESPN Top 100 with five. Meanstreets, Nike Team Florida, Oakland Soldiers and the Texas Titans all had three players each on the Top 100 list.
California boasted the most athletes on the Top 100 with 12 players, followed closely by Florida with 10. Texas brought eight players to the table and Georgia and Illinois each had six.
Of the ESPN Top 100 list, 89 athletes had previously played in the AAU.
The McDonald's All American game will take place on April 1st at the United Center in Chicago.
As with the boys’ rosters, the girls’ McDonald’s All American teams were released late last month. This game will also be split by East and West, the former of which will be led by Asia Durr, the #2 prospect on the 2015 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings - espnW 100.
The West will be led by Katie Lou Samuelson, who is ranked #1 in the nation. Both top prospects are former AAU members, as are all of the girls that will be participating in the McDonald’s All American game. The East has four players in the top 25 of the Top 100 list, while all of the West’s athletes are in the Top 25.
These athletes came from AAU teams all across the nation, but Fairfax County Stars and the North Atlanta Girls Basketball Club each had three of their players make it on the Top 100 list. Colts Neck Basketball Club, Garner Athletic Association, Team Indiana and the Merrillville Lady Magic each had two players.
Texas has the most athletes representing their state with nine, followed closely by Indiana and North Carolina with eight and seven, respectively. Florida, California and Virginia all have five players each in the Top 100 list, while Illinois, Missouri, Georgia and New Jersey each have four. Three athletes on the list aren’t from the United States, but play in Canada.
A total of 89 athletes from the 2015 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings - espnW 100 list have played AAU previously.
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