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UK's 2011 recruits are all McDonald's All-Americans

Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward, joins Rivals.com's No. 1 overall player, Michael Gilchrist, and No. 5 Marquis Teague in Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class. Davis ranks eighth.
Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward, joins Rivals.com's No. 1 overall player, Michael Gilchrist, and No. 5 Marquis Teague in Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class. Davis ranks eighth.

Most coaches would be happy to have one McDonald's All-American.

But every player in Kentucky Coach John Calipari's 2011 recruiting class is going to be a McDonald's All-American.

When this year's high school All-Star class is announced Thursday during a TV special on ESPNU (5:30 p.m.), the names of Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer all will be called.

All four players — Wiltjer becoming the latest on Wednesday — have been named or announced themselves through various forms of social media that they've been selected from a nominations list of more than 1,000 players nationwide.

UK has never previously had four McDonald's All-Americans in the same season. The Cats had three each in 1979 (Sam Bowie, Derrick Hord, Dirk Minniefield), 1984 (Ed Davender, Cedric Jenkins, Richard Madison), 2004 (Joe Crawford, Randolph Morris, Rajon Rondo) and 2010 (Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb).

Prior to this year's class, UK has had 29 McDonald's All-Americans since the game began in 1977.

Each year, the top 24 high school senior boys and 24 senior girls are selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and media members.

Also known to have been selected is Louisville recruit Wayne Blackshear, an AAU teammate of Davis in Chicago.

The McDonald's All-American Games will be played March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.

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