Pennsylvania ballers Quade Green (Neumann-Gorreti HS), Mohamed Bamba (Westtown HS), and Lonnie Walker (Reading HS) have been selected to the 2017 McDonald’s High School All-American game in Chicago. The trio will make up one third of the 12-man East team roster, and Pennsylvania is one of just four states with as many as three selections. The showcase will take place just four days after the PIAA championships in Hershey, PA.
The fourth overall player listed on ESPN’s 2017 rankings, Mohamed Bamba will headline the East team- and will also head into the game as one of just seven players competing in the showcase not having made his college commitment yet. The 6’11 rim protector’s list is cut down to Duke, Michigan, Texas and Kentucky. The college decision will likely be made “toward the end of March, early April.” Bamba told Zags Blog. In joining John Calipari's Wildcats, Bamba would join fellow PA standout Quade Green.
A 6’0 do-it-all point guard from Philadelphia, Quade Green will be coach Carl Arrigale’s first McDonald’s All-American contestant in Arrigale's 19-year tenure at Neumann- Goretti. A tenure that includes 10 Philadelphia Catholic League titles (6 straight from ’09-’14).
Green recently took home MVP honors at the 2017 Spalding Hoophall Classic after his 29 points lifted his team over Greensboro Day high school (NC) to claim the championship. Green stays in constant contact with Bamba, and even dropped in on a Westtown high school practice to see the big man (per USA today), trying to convince him to join Kentucky.
Just over 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and 40 from West Chester- resides the final Pennsylvania high school All-American: Lonnie Walker. The 6’4 two-guard has signed to the University of Miami- and will be the only Hurricane recruit to participate in the game. Walker decided on Miami after fielding offers from Syracuse, Villanova, and Kentucky, among others.
The three are looking to spearhead an East team that will be looking to claim a victory at the United Center- as the West team has won 4 of the last 5 matchups.