The University of Kentucky basketball program will once again be represented at the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley were named to this year’s McDonald’s Game during a nationally televised selection show Tuesday on ESPN, bringing Coach John Calipari’s tally to 32 McDonald’s All-Americans in his 10 recruiting classes with the Wildcats.
Johnson — a 6-foot-6 wing from South Hill, Va. — is in his senior season at Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and is UK’s highest-rated signee, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, which place him No. 12 overall in the class of 2018. He’ll play for the West team.
Quickley — a 6-3 point guard from the Baltimore area — is the No. 13 overall prospect in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and played for Calipari over the summer with the USA Basketball U19 squad in Egypt. He’ll play for the East team.
Tyler Herro — a 6-5 shooting guard from Milwaukee — has already put him four games of 40 points or more this season despite missing some time due to injury, but he was not selected for the McDonald’s Game. He’s the No. 32 overall prospect in the 2018 composite rankings.
All three players signed with Kentucky in November.
Calipari congratulated Johnson and Quickley in a Twitter post Tuesday but said he was disappointed Herro was not selected.
“He’s certainly deserving, especially with the last year he’s had,” Calipari tweeted. “I know he will use this as fuel!”
The Cats have also extended a scholarship offer to McDonald’s All-American forward Zion Williamson, who will announce his college decision Saturday night. The 6-6 prospect from Spartanburg, S.C., is thought to be favoring Clemson, though UK, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and South Carolina are all still in contention.
Williamson is the No. 3 overall player and top uncommitted prospect in the class.
UK has also shown some interest in McDonald’s All-American center Moses Brown — the No. 21 player in the composite rankings — though the Wildcats have not yet extended a scholarship offer.
The McDonald’s All-American Game has been played in Chicago since 2011, but it will move this year to Phillips Arena in Atlanta. The game is scheduled for March 28 and will be shown live on ESPN.
Neither of the two early signees for the UK women’s team — top 100 recruits Rhyne Howard and Blair Green — were selected for the McDonald’s All-American girls’ game, which will also be played March 28 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
Boys’ game rosters
East: R.J. Barrett (Duke), Moses Brown (uncommitted), Darius Garland (Vanderbilt), Louis King (Oregon), Romeo Langford (uncommitted), David McCormack (Kansas), E.J. Montgomery (undecided), Immanuel Quickley (Kentucky), Naz Reid (LSU), Jalen Smith (Maryland), Coby White (North Carolina), Zion Williamson (uncommitted).
West: Darius Bazley (Syracuse), Bol Bol (Oregon), Jordan Brown (uncommitted), Devon Dotson (Kansas), Quentin Grimes (Kansas), Keldon Johnson (Kentucky), Tre Jones (Duke), Nassir Little (North Carolina), Reggie Perry (Mississippi State), Jahvon Quinerly (uncommitted), Cam Reddish (Duke), Simi Shittu (Vanderbilt).
McDonald’s All-American Games
When: March 28
Where: Philips Arena in Atlanta
TV: Girls, 5 p.m. (ESPN2); Boys, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
UK’s McDonald’s All-Americans in the Calipari era