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3 Kentucky Commits, 2 Kentucky targets land on McDonald’s All-American Player of the Year Ballot

The McDonald’s All-American Game named 6 finalists for the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year award. Of the six finalists named, 3 have already committed to Kentucky and 2 are still considering the Wildcats. Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Aaron Gordon, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker were all named to the ballot. Previous winners of the award include Shabazz Muhammad, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Shane Battier and Jay Williams.

On the women’s side of things, UK Hoops signee Linnae Harper was selected as 1 of the 6 female finalists for the same award. 

The men’s and women’s winner will be announced on March 18th. In the 15+ year history of the award, no Kentucky player has even been selected as the winner. The McDonald’s All-American Games released bios on all of the finalists. Below are the 3 bios for Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson:

Aaron Harrison: Harrison is a terrific two-guard who can score at the rim, from distance, and anywhere in between. With his size, skill, and feel for the game, Harrison does a great job of spreading the floor in transition for spot up threes. Harrison maintains an extremely high basketball IQ and a physical toughness that allows him to play beneath the rim.

Andrew Harrison: Harrison utilizes terrific change of pace to set up his move and his man. Harrison is a one-man fast break with exceptional perimeter defensive rebounding skills and speed in transition to take it coast-to-coast. Harrison’s basketball career dates all the way back to fourth grade, where he began to develop his role as a point guard with guidance from his father, Aaron Harrison Sr.

Dakari Johnson: At 6-11, Johnson is a true force in the post. With great strength, good hands and footwork, Johnson is an excellent low-post scorer who uses his size to pull down rebounds on the offensive and defensive glass. Johnson compares his game to that of current Philadelphia 76er and 2005 McDonald’s All American Andrew Bynum.

 

Good luck to all of the Wildcat finalists. Next year’s monster recruiting class has a 50% chance of winning the award.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

12 Comments for 3 Kentucky Commits, 2 Kentucky targets land on McDonald’s All-American Player of the Year Ballot



  1. Han
    6:06 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    It’s ridiculous that we could theoretically end up with 5 of the 6 nominees, and James Young and Marcus Lee on top of that.

    I know this year’s team has had struggles, but next year’s team, if handled right by Cal, could end up challenging 1996 for most talented team ever.



  2. Ukfan
    6:30 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Can anyone tell me how I can listen to this mornings show? I have to hear how awful Cutler was after reading the comments.. it’s kind of like whiping your ass and then looking at the toilet paper I guess, you know it stinks but you look anyways.



  3. mudcreekmark
    6:34 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Well we all know that Wiggins is going to win the award. I wish everyone would please take this season as a lesson as to why we shouldn’t get too fired up about a bunch of freshmen coming in. If Noel, WCS, Poythress and Goodwin all leave, we will be right back to where we are this year. We have to have some of the freshmen to come back to have a chance to be really good and compete for a championship. No way we even come close last year without Lamb, Jones and Miller. Same thing next year.



  4. mudcreekmark
    6:36 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Whip that ass.



  5. Cats
    6:57 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Some uk fans are very dumb^^^^



  6. jpo
    7:01 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    5. haha yes I agree with you ^^^…..



  7. Han
    7:06 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    3) People said the same thing last year. A big factor is returning experience/bench use. Last year, when MKG didn’t score a lot or got in foul trouble, Cal had Miller.

    The biggest problems this year were lack of solid, consistent play at the point and power forward position. This was the first year Cal didn’t have at least one guy at the point he could absolutely trust by the end of the year. Harrison is likely to be a superior first day starter next year, given his size and his ingrained familiarity with at least one of his teammates. We may have Harrow to back him up. At Power Forward, we may end up with Randle or Gordon, or we may have Poythress or Wiltjer or WCS or Lee or Johnson playing at that position. If we return no one, worst case is twin towers. Best case is another McDonalds All American, and I’ll take another McD AA over pessimism.

    Most importantly, if he gets who he wants, Cal may have as many as 9-10 guys capable of starting, including possibly Harrison x2, Young, Wiggins, Randle/Gordon, Lee, Johnson, WCS/Noel?, Poythress?, Harrow, Wiltjer. That means he may have the opportunity to sub at every position when someone’s acting the knucklehead. I’m more excited than I was for last year.

    As for last year, Miller, Jones, and Lamb were a huge part of the team. If we had none of them, of course we lose. We wouldn’t be able to field a talented enough team. With just 1 or a couple of them, the whole dynamic would have changed. Maybe MKG or Teague or Davis would’ve been even more assertive. You can’t say for a fact we wouldn’t have won, though it’s probably the case.

    In summation, I know you’re just trying to keep expectations low, and Cal has probably tempered his own after last year, but Cal has still hinted more than once that he believes a perfect season could be possible with the class he was putting together.



  8. Tom Blevins
    7:06 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    maybe better than a 50% chance. We could still sign Gordon and/or Wiggens.



  9. Han
    7:09 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    All that said, I still wish we could do another exhibition overseas trip next year, but we can’t do another one til like 15-16, I think (every 4 years).

    Next year’s team will have to face MSU early, and Izzo always has his teams ready, even if they don’t always win.



  10. Roland
    7:30 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    #2, can never understand the “punish me” attitude:
    http://www.talkradio1080.com/cc-common/podcast.html



  11. bosshog
    7:31 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    I think our biggest struggle this year has been lack of a consistent offensive threat and movement on offense. Our scoring has, well, been offensive, leading to long scoring droughts, blown leads and inability to execute in the clutch and score when needed. And the lack of flow makes it easy to defend us, which translates to bad/forced shots and allows the other team to get into transition etc. I’ll go on record and say that I think that we will be much better next year in this department, and that the key guy here will be James Young, a guy who has received the least amount of publicity, but who will be the most important guy for us. Many scouts think that Young might be the best all-around scorer in the class-including Wiggins. He is the player I’m most looking forward to seeing, and with A. Harrison at the point I think Young will be a load to stop, with the other Harrison also a constant scoring threat. Face it, our back-court this year was mediocre at best, and we’re getting a big upgrade next year.



  12. Shigster3
    9:53 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    11.great points, especially the back-court next year.