McDonald's All-American Preview

McDonald's All-American Preview

CHICAGO -- The McDonald's All-American festivities are underway. On Sunday the 24 players selected had a closed practice at Quest Sportsplex just outside of downtown Chicago. The players will participate in practices on Monday and Tuesday. The game is set for Wednesday at 9:30 ET at the United Center.

Which player are you most excited to evaluate at the McDonald's festivities and why?

Evan Daniels: Thomas Welsh is likely at the top of this list. Of all the players in this game, Welsh is the one that has made the biggest improvement to his game over the course of his high school. After July, Welsh moved just inside our top 50. After a strong senior season, Welsh earned his way into the McDonald's All-American and he's due a big move in our final 2014 rankings. I'm curious to see how he does in practice against Jahlil Okafor and in the game against Cliff Alexander, Myles Turner and Karl Towns.

Rob Harrington: I'm very curious what Thomas Welsh can do in one-on-one battles against Jahlil Okafor. Those two will match up for most of the West practices, and Welsh will have an opportunity to prove that he belongs higher than this current No. 45 ranking in the Class of 2014. I think he's a bit better than that, and certainly if he can hold his own against Okafor, he'll be fully vetted heading into his college career with UCLA.

Josh Gershon: Rather than one player, I'm really excited to see the matchup of Myles Turner and Jahlil Okafor. These are the two best posts and maybe prospects in the country in 2014, so the opportunity to watch them go head to head in practice and the game is pretty exciting.

Which player has the most to gain from this event and why?

Evan Daniels: While it's hard to say the No. 2 and No. 5 players in the 2014 class have the most to gain out of this event, that's what I'm going with. After the high school season, Myles Turner and Cliff Alexander have emerged as the candidates with the best chance of knocking Jahlil Okafor out of his No. 1 position atop the 2014 rankings. I'll be paying very close attention to the big man battle this weekend.

Rob Harrington: For me, Romelo Trimble has the most to gain. Whether he's a point guard or a wing remains under dispute, but with the East he'll get to see what a true, unquestioned floor general does when he competes against Tyus Jones. Trimble projects as a scoring lead guard, if that's what he plays for Maryland, and I think getting exposure not only to Jones but a crew of talented big men — who will need shots — will be a great experience for him.

Josh Gershon: I think the player who has the best opportunity to really solidify himself as one of the top few prospects in the country is Stanley Johnson. After making another sizable leap forward as a player this season, in my opinion Johnson has increased his stock as a prospect and can further validate that this week.

McDonald's Rosters


East Team
Cliff Alexander -- Kansas
James Blackmon -- Indiana
Justin Jackson -- North Carolina
Tyus Jones -- Duke
Kevon Looney -- UCLA
Theo Pinson -- North Carolina
D'Angelo Russell -- Ohio State
Karl Towns -- Kentucky
Romelo Trimble -- Maryland
Myles Turner -- Undecided
Isaiah Whitehead -- Seton Hall
Justise Winslow -- Duke

West Team
Grayson Allen -- Duke
Joel Berry -- North Carolina
Devin Booker -- Kentucky
Stanley Johnson -- Arizona
Trey Lyles -- Kentucky
Emmanuel Mudiay -- SMU
Jahlil Okafor -- Duke
Kelly Oubre -- Kansas
Reid Travis -- Stanford
Tyler Ulis -- Kentucky
Rashad Vaughn -- Undecided
Thomas Welsh -- UCLA

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