Next Cats: UK has 4 male signees, 1 female signee on McDonald's All-American teams

broberts@herald-leader.comJanuary 29, 2014 

Kentucky signee Tyler Ulis said his favorite NBA player is Chris Paul — the league's active assists leader. Ulis espouses a similar style and philosophy, looking to pass before he looks to score.

  • McDonald's All-Americans

    Boys' rosters

    East: Cliff Alexander (Kansas), James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), Justin Jackson (North Carolina), Tyus Jones (Duke), Kevon Looney (UCLA), Theo Pinson (North Carolina), D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State), Karl Towns Jr. (Kentucky), Romelo Trimble (Maryland), Myles Turner (Uncommitted), Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall), Justise Winslow (Duke).

    West: Grayson Allen (Duke), Joel Berry (North Carolina), Devin Booker (Kentucky), Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Trey Lyles (Kentucky), Emmanuel Mudiay (Southern Methodist), Jahlil Okafor (Duke), Kelly Oubre (Kansas), Reid Travis (Stanford), Tyler Ulis (Kentucky), Rashad Vaughn (Uncommitted), Thomas Welsh (UCLA).

    Girls' rosters

    East: Lynee' Belton (Duke), Sierra Calhoun (Duke), Bianca Cuevas (South Carolina), Sadie Edwards (Connecticut), Myisha Hines-Allen (Louisville), Alexa Middleton (Tennessee), Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State), Mariya Moore (Louisville), Shakayla Thomas (Florida State), Kathryn Westbeld (Notre Dame), Jatarie White (South Carolina), A'ja Wilson (Uncommitted).

    West: Ariel Atkins (Texas), Recee' Caldwell (UCLA), Jordin Canada (UCLA), Mikayla Cowling (California), Lajahna Drummer (UCLA), Gabby Green (California), Brooke McCarty (Texas), Jaime Nared (Tennessee), Alyssa Rice (Kentucky), Brianna Turner (Notre Dame), Chatrice Whit (Illinois), Gabby Williams (Connecticut).

The United Center will once again be full of future Kentucky Wildcats when the nation's premier high school basketball event comes to Chicago in April.

All four UK men's signees and one women's signee were named to the McDonald's All-American Games on Wednesday.

Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns Jr. and Tyler Ulis will represent the Wildcats in the boys' game.

UK tied Duke with four players in this year's game, and the Cats have had 20 McDonald's All-Americans since John Calipari took over as head coach in 2009. North Carolina has had 15 in that span, including three selections this year.

The only two uncommitted players in this year's boys' game are Texas center Myles Turner and shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, who plays for Findlay Prep (Nev.) but is from Minnesota.

Both Turner and Vaughn are still considering UK.

Other notables selected for the boys' game include Louisville native D'Angelo Russell, who started his high school career at Central before transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida.

Russell has signed with Ohio State.

Indiana shooting guard James Blackmon Jr. — the son of former UK player James Blackmon — was also selected. He was recruited heavily by UK before signing with the Hoosiers.

No players from the state of Kentucky made the list, and none of Louisville's five signees were chosen.

Wayne Blackshear and former Cardinal Chane Behanan remain the most recent Louisville signees to play in the game, both in 2011. Behanan is also the most recent player from a Kentucky high school to be chosen.

Alyssa Rice — a 6-foot-3 post player from Reynoldsburg, Ohio — gives the UK women's team a representative in the game for the fifth consecutive year.

ESPN ranks Rice as the No. 20 overall prospect in the senior class.

Two Louisville signees were selected: Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen.

This year's games will be played April 2.

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