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.