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McDonald’s All-American Game selections are revealed. Which future Cats made the cut?

Five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley signed with Kentucky in November.
Five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley signed with Kentucky in November. AP

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!”

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Zion Williamson will announce his college decision Saturday. Gregory Payan AP

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

Year

Player

2018

Keldon Johnson

2018

Immanuel Quickley

2017

Quade Green

2017

Kevin Knox

2017

Nick Richards

2017

Jarred Vanderbilt

2017

PJ Washington

2016

Bam Adebayo

2016

De'Aaron Fox

2016

Sacha Killeya-Jones

2016

Malik Monk

2015

Isaiah Briscoe

2014

Devin Booker

2014

Trey Lyles

2014

Karl-Anthony Towns

2014

Tyler Ulis

2013

Aaron Harrison

2013

Andrew Harrison

2013

Dakari Johnson

2013

Marcus Lee

2013

Julius Randle

2013

James Young

2012

Archie Goodwin

2012

Alex Poythress

2011

Anthony Davis

2011

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

2011

Marques Teague

2011

Kyle Wiltjer

2010

Terrence Jones

2010

Brandon Knight

2010

Doron Lamb

2009

DeMarcus Cousins

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