Kentucky basketball will once again be well represented on the post-season all-star circuit this spring.
Five UK men's commitments were named to the McDonald's All-American Game on Thursday. It's the first time five recruits from one school have been named to the game, which was first played in 1977.
Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and James Young will all play in the April 3 contest in Chicago. The same five players were named to the Jordan Brand Classic this week.
Two UK women's signees — Linnae Harper and Makayla Epps — were selected for the girls' game, also slated for April 3 in Chicago.
Duke-bound Becca Greenwell (Owensboro Catholic) was also named to the game. Epps and Greenwell became only the second and third Kentucky girls to be chosen. University of Louisville sophomore Sara Hammond (Rockcastle County) was the first — in 2011.
"It means a lot," Harper said on the ESPNU broadcast announcing the selections. "To be able to be selected for this team and rep my hometown, Chicago. It's just another opportunity to be a role model for my hometown."
The UK men's team could still add to its record number of All-Americans.
Uncommitted recruits Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon were also selected, and both players are still considering Kentucky.
Wiggins, who has narrowed his list to UK, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas, said Thursday that he would likely wait until April to make a college decision.
He's scheduled to take his official visit to UK on Feb. 27.
Another Kentucky target, Julius Randle, was not included on the list of 24 players selected to the boys' game.
Randle, regarded to be among the top two or three players in the class, has been sidelined since Nov. 24 with a broken foot.
His mother, Carolyn Kyles, told the Herald-Leader on Thursday night that Randle will return to the court Friday.
And Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald's All American Games, said Randle will continue to be considered.
"(The committee) will be closely watching his play over the next few weeks as he finishes his senior season," Freeland said in a statement to the Herald-Leader. "If Julius Randle returns as the Julius Randle we knew earlier this season, we are open to naming him to the team."
Randle has already been named to the Jordan Brand Classic, set for April 13.
NCAA rules prohibit prospects from playing in more than two post-season all-star events, which means Bullitt East star Derek Willis is the only UK commitment who will be eligible to play in the long-running Derby Festival Classic in Louisville.
That game is scheduled for April 19 in Freedom Hall.
No Kentucky commitment has played in the Derby Classic since Stacey Poole Jr. in 2010.
Anthony Barber (North Carolina State), Keith Frazier (Undecided), Isaiah Hicks (North Carolina), Kasey Hill (Florida), Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame), Rondae Jefferson (Arizona), Dakari Johnson (Kentucky), Kennedy Meeks (North Carolina), Wayne Selden (Kansas), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Chris Walker (Florida), Andrew Wiggins (Undecided).
Jabari Bird (California), Aaron Gordon (Undecided), Isaac Hamilton (UTEP), Aaron Harrison (Kentucky), Andrew Harrison (Kentucky), Matt Jones (Duke), Marcus Lee (Kentucky), Jarrell Martin (LSU), Jabari Parker (Duke), Bobby Portis (Arkansas), Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington), James Young (Kentucky).
Lindsay Allen (Notre Dame), Lexie Brown (Maryland), Alaina Coates (South Carolina), Nia Coffey (Northwestern), Kaela Davis (Georgia Tech), Diamond DeShields (North Carolina), Makayla Epps (Kentucky), Kai James (Florida State), Stephanie Mavunga (North Carolina), Taya Reimer (Notre Dame), Ieshia Small (Undecided), Ronni Williams (Florida).
Oderah Chidom (Duke), Kendall Cooper (Duke), Rebekah Dahlman (Vanderbilt), Rebecca Greenwell (Duke), Linnae Harper (Kentucky), Kailee Johnson (Stanford), Erica McCall (Stanford), Kelsey Plum (Washington), Jordan Reynolds (Tennessee), Mercedes Russell (Tennessee), Tyler Scaife (Rutgers), Jessica Washington (North Carolina).
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