On Thursday evening the McDonald’s All-American Game announced their roster featuring 24 of the best players in the class of 2013. Now the question is how did the committee do? Which players got left out who deserved to make it, and who probably should have been left off.
First of all it is important to note that five-star prospects Julius Randle, No. 5 in the class of 2013, and Terry Rozier, No.15, were both not eligible for selection. Randle didn’t play the necessary amount of high school games due to injury and Rozier is a post graduate student so he could not be voted in either.
Even with those two out of the equation, there were some very interesting and odd selections while some more deserving players were clearly left off.
Things were definitely going to be interesting at the center position because this class is not deep in the post. Marcus Lee was going to be a lock as was Dakari Johnson. Both are five-star prospects and are deserving, however the inclusion of Kennedy Meeks was confusing.
Meeks is a good prospect, but he checks in as the No.50 prospect in the country, but more than that he simply hasn’t had a dominant senior season. Meeks is still working his way into shape, and quite honestly hasn’t been nearly as productive as a guy like Highland (Utah) Lone Peak center Eric Mika.
While Mika is No. 37 in the country, which is outside of the top 25-30 range for inclusion under normal circumstances, if the committee felt they needed a center, Mika would have definitely been the more worthy choice.
Also an argument could be made for an inclusion from Huntington (WV) Prep center Moses Kingsley who is one of the best shot blockers in the country, but Mika really asserted himself as the most productive center this year and someone who should have been in the game given the weakness at the position.
After Meeks, the two selections that seemed to stick out the most were Nigel Williams-Goss, No. 48 in the Scout.com rankings, and Keith Frazier, No. 35 in the Scout.com rankings.
Williams-Goss is having a very good high school season for Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, but prospects such as Tyler Ennis and Derrick Walton would both seem to be more deserving. Both are also having excellent senior seasons, and both accomplished more during the summer against the best of the best competition wise.
Ennis especially has a major gripe as he is the No. 23 prospect overall in the class, and is someone who has been extremely consistent with his play from day one, and has led his team to huge wins. Also Walton has been excellent as a senior, and once again he falls below the usual cut line at No. 42, but if the committee felt another point guard was needed, both of them would seem to fit the bill better.
Because of the lack of depth at the top both in terms of centers and to a lesser extent point guards, there was bound to be some interesting selections, and that likely led to the decisions that were made, but on the wing this class is loaded.
With all due respect to No. 35 in the country, Keith Frazier, he simply hasn’t had the kind of season needed as a senior to earn an invitation to the game. Frazier has struggled some as a senior which led to a fall in the rankings, yet he was still selected over guys like Robert Hubbs, Zach LaVine, Sindarius Thornwell, Semi Ojeleye, and Nick King.
Hubbs would especially seem to be someone who has a major gripe. Most of the voters probably never saw Hubbs play, so that probably played a part in the decision.
Overall the committee did a solid job, but once again the fact that half of the voters don’t actually watch games was obvious with some of the selections, and more aptly some of the omissions.