Stevenson High School’s Jalen Brunson, a successful recruit of Villanova, was named this week as an McDonald’s All-American and will play in the 2015 iteration of their boys basketball game, which takes place Wednesday, April 1 at the United Center.
Brunson, the son of former NBA player and former McDonalds All-American Rick Brunson, stands as the lone representative of the Chicago area and of Illinois proper in this year’s MCDAAG, but he’s a part of a wave of several players from the state to play in the game since its extended residence in Chicago started.
Three — Cliff Alexander, Jahlil Okafor and Tyler Ulis — played in the game last season and Jabari Parker was the game’s de-facto host in 2013, also Anthony Davis played in 2011 before his successful year at Kentucky. Another current Kentucky baller, Linnae Harper of Whitney Young, played in the 2013 girls game.
Robert Smith, the four-time state championship-winning coach of both Derrick Rose and Jabari Parker at Simeon will coach Brunson on the West team.
Brunson exploded onto the national recruit scene during his junior year at Stevenson, where he led his school to the Illinois state tournament for the second straight season and put on a legendary 56-point performance against Okafor’s Young team in the state semis.
Regal Radio has had the fortune of covering the last two McDonald’s All-American Games, check out some of our previous coverage below and keep up with us for more on this year’s game.
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