Two incoming men’s basketball players and one women’s basketball recruit will compete in the annual high school showcase tonight.
The 2016 McDonald’s All American games will be held tonight featuring the top high school basketball players from across the country. Three future Blue Devils will be on the high school all-american rosters tonight, with two Duke men’s basketball commits competing against each other in the exhibition and one incoming women’s basketball recruit playing in the girls’ game.
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The only incoming Duke Women’s Basketball freshman next year will be forward/guard Leonna Odom, who will represent the Blue Devils on the West team in the Girls’ McDonald’s All American game. The West Hills, CA native recently led the Chaminade College Preparatory School team to the state championship where she dominated with 33 points and 15 rebounds. For the season she averaged 21.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.6 steals per game and helped Chaminade earn a no. 6 overall ranking in the espnW high school power rankings.
Guard Frank Jackson has dominated for Lone Peak High School and has been one of the top prep scorers in the country. The 5-star guard, who was just named Utah’s 2016 Player of the Year after averaging 28.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, will compete for the West team in the McDonald’s All America game tonight. The incoming Blue Devil finished his high school career with over 2,000 total points. Additionally, the 6-3 Jackson also took home the McDonald’s All American Slam Dunk contest Monday in the Powerade Jam Fest.
Incoming forward Jayson Tatum was ranked as high as the #2 recruit in the class of 2016 and will be playing for the East in tonight’s McDonald’s All American game. Tatum also attends a Chaminade College Preparatory High School in St. Louis where he nearly averaged a double-double with 29.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for his senior season. The versatile forward has scored 40+ points six times this season and earned a spot on the 2016 All-USA Today Boys Basketball First Team.
Duke has dominated in recruiting McDonald’s All Americans, with the women’s basketball program having 26 and the men’s basketball program recruiting an NCAA-record 68 and has added at least one every year since 1985. Also note that the #1 overall recruit Harry Giles was not selected after coming off an ACL tear and was forced to miss his senior season and potential men’s basketball recruit and top-ranked center Marques Bolden will be in attendance playing with Jackson on the West team.
The Girls’ McDonald’s All American game will tip off at 6:30 ET on ESPNU and the Boys’ game will begin at 9:00 on ESPN. Both games will be held at the United Center in Chicago. Make sure to check out these future Blue Devils tonight and we’ll keep you updated on all your Duke Basketball recruiting news.