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Why LaMelo Ball won’t be playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game

The selections for the 42nd annual McDonald’s All-American game were announced on Thursday and, surprisingly, did not include LaMelo Ball.
The 2019 edition of the premier showcase will be highlighted by Cole Anthony, James Wiseman and Vernon Carey, Jr. as part of the 24-player field of players. Isaiah Stewart, Anthony Edwards and Nico Mannion also will take part in the event, which is arguably the most prestigious All-Star game for incoming college freshmen.
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One of the names not included in the roster, though, was Ball. LaMelo’s oldest brother Lonzo took part in the McDonald’s All-American game in 2016 and was one of the bright spots.
After coming back to Spire Institute for his senior season, LaMelo Ball has shown out and established himself as one of the top players once again. Ball recently reappeared in the ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2019 at 13th in the nation. Interestingly, using those same ESPN rankings, Ball is the only recruit in the top 16 to not be included in the roster.

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However, a report from November, roughly around the time Ball returned to school, suggested Ball may have been ruled ineligible for the McDonald’s All-American game due to his time in Lithuania, according to a member of the voting committee.
“LaMelo Ball is a professional basketball player and has played professionally in Lithuania resulting in him being ineligible for the McDonald’s All-American Game.”
While the Ball family holds out that the youngest Ball son did not receive money for his time in Lithuania, the committee may have remained unconvinced and decided to leave Ball out of the contest.

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Potentially, Ball himself could have declined an invitation to play in the McDonald’s All-American game. Per NCAA guidelines, players can only compete in two All-Star contests prior to their freshman season.
D-I athletes who play in more than two all-star football or basketball games following the completion of their high school eligibility will not be permitted to compete during their first year of collegiate athletics, unless however, the games are played between the time you graduate high school and before you begin your freshman year. Within that time, you can play in an unlimited number of all-star games.
That being said, Ball would have only declined that to stay eligible within the NCAA’s standards and, well, that would be akin to throwing a cup of water on a forest fire. Ball and his family have torched their NCAA eligibility and continue setting the ashes ablaze with each pop-up shop featuring Ball’s likeness at his Spire games.
On top of that, the McDonald’s All-Star game is the top All-Star game for high school athletes and is very rarely, if ever, the one players turn down.
The most likely scenario is, as listed above, Ball was considered ineligible for the game due to his brief time as a professional. Do you think Ball deserved to be a McDonald’s All-American this season? Let us know down below!

2019 McDonald's All American Game Girls Roster

The McDonald’s All American Girls Game is scheduled to tip Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. ET from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
On the girls’ side four players hail from Ohio, the most represented state.
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South Carolina, Stanford and Florida State led the way with three recruits apiece.

Name
Pos
Ht
School
College

River Baldwin
P
6’5″
Pleasant Home (AL)
Florida State

Breanna Beal
W
6’0″
Rock Island (IL)
South Carolina

Aliyah Boston
P
6’4″
Worcester Academy (MA)
South Carolina

Jakia Brown-Turner
W
6’0″
Bishop McNamara (MD)
NC State

Samantha Brunelle
F
6’2″
William Monroe (VA)
Notre Dame

Zia Cooke
PG
5’9″
Rogers (OH)
South Carolina

Aubrey Griffin
W
6’1″
Ossining Senior (NY)
UConn

Jordan Horston
G
6’1″
Africentric (OH)
Tennessee

Diamond Miller
G
6’1″
Franklin (NJ)
Maryland

Ashley Owusu
PG
5’9″
Paul VI (VA)
Maryland

Sammie Puisis
W
6’1″
William Mason (OH)
Florida State

Celeste Taylor
G
5’11”
Long Island Lutheran (NY)
Texas

Girls East Head Coach: Sue Phillips, Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, Calif.
Girls East Asst. Coach: Tami Monson, Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, Calif.
Girls East Asst. Coach: Joe Guerra, Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, Calif.
WEST TEAM

Name
Pos
Ht
School
College

Francesca Belibi
F
6’1″
Regis Jesuit (CO)
Stanford

Kierstan Bell
G
6’1″
McKinley (OH)
Ohio State

Kennedy Brown
P
6’6″
Derby Senior (KS)
Oregon State

Nyah Green
G
6’1″
Allen (TX)
Louisville

Angel Jackson
P
6’5
Salesian College Prep (CA)
USC

Rickea Jackson
W
6’2″
Detroit Edison Academy (MI)
Mississippi State

Haley Jones
W
6’1″
Archbishop Mitty (CA)
Stanford

Jordyn Oliver
G
5’10”
Prosper  (TX)
Baylor

Charisma Osborne
PG
5’9″
Windward School (CA)
UCLA

Jaden Owens
PG
5’6″
Plano West (TX)
UCLA

Anaya Peoples
PG
5’10”
Schlarman Academy (IL)
Notre Dame

Ashten Prechtel
P
6’5″
Discovery Canyon Campus (CO)
Stanford

Girls West Head Coach: Lee Rogers, Arundel Senior, Gambrills, Md.
Girls West Asst. Coach: Donna McGowan, Arundel Senior, Gambrills, Md.
Girls West Asst. Coach: Ana Baker, Arundel Senior, Gambrills, Md.

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/210<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 16<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan, AP</em></p><p> </p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> East<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/185<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 2<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p><em>Photo: Bob Quinn/News-Press</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-10/230<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 18<br/><strong>College:</strong> North Carolina</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan, AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> NSU University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-10/275<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 3<br/><strong>College:</strong> Duke</p><p><em>Photo: Amanda Inscore/The News-Press</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta, Ga.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/205<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 5<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan, AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/231<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 25<br/><strong>College:</strong> Indiana</p><p><em>Photo: Michelle Pemberton/Indystar</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Porter-Gaud (Charleston, S.C.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/200<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 21<br/><strong>College:</strong> Tennessee</p><p><em>Photo: Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/185<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 12<br/><strong>College:</strong> Florida</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Federal Way (Wash.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-10/185<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 6<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Cox Mill (Charlotte, N.C.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/215<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 19<br/><strong>College:</strong> Duke</p><p><em>Photo: Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/245<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 4<br/><strong>College:</strong> Washington</p><p><em>Photo: Doug McSchooler/IndyStar</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Mountain Brook (Ala.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/210<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 22<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Jason Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Ranney School (Trinton Falls, N.J.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> West<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/170<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 14<br/><strong>College:</strong> Villanova</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> West<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/206<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 7<br/><strong>College:</strong> Arizona</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> John Marshall (Rochester, Minn.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/214<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 10<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p><em>Photo: Logan Newman/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> The Villages Charter (Fla.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/185<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 32<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida</p>

<p><em>Photo: Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/180<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 8<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Arizona</p>

<p><em>Photo: Darryl Webb/Arizona Republic</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> South Garland (Garland, Texas)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/190<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 11<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Kentucky</p>

<p><em>Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/210<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 15<br />
<strong>College:</strong> USC</p>

<p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/235<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 20<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Villanova</p>

<p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage, Pa.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/230<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 37<br />
<strong>College:</strong> West Virginia</p>

<p><em>Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Roselle (N.J.) Catholic<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-7/200<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 9<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Kentucky</p>

<p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rockwall (Texas)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-7/190<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 33<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Louisville</p>

<p><em>Photo: 247Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> East (Memphis, Tenn.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 7-0/230<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 1<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Memphis</p>

<p><em>Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader</em></p>

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Cole Anthony knows that this will sound cliché and contrived, but he’s never been the type of player that assumes his standing as No. 1 overall player in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 automatically affords him certain accolades.
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“I work for everything,” Anthony said. “I don’t even want anything given to me; that’s not how I’m built.”
That’s why the Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) point guard was genuinely ecstatic on Thursday to learn that he was one of 24 players selected to play in this year’s McDonald’s All American Game, which will commence on March 27 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
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“It’s such an honor,” Anthony said. “This was a dream of mine. It makes me feel like I’m one step closer to fulfilling my ultimate dream.”
Florida led the way with six All Americans, New Jersey had three and Indiana and Texas had two apiece.
Duke, Florida, Villanova, Arizona and Kentucky had the most recruits represented on the boys’ side with two apiece.
Twenty-one of the seniors in USA TODAY Sports’ Chosen 25 were picked for the game.
Six players remain undecided, including Anthony, who will lead the East.
He’ll be joined by Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta) shooting guard Anthony Edwards, ranked No. 2 overall in the Chosen 25, La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) forward Isaiah Stewart, a Washington commit who is ranked No. 3 overall in the Chosen 25, and University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr., a Duke commit who is ranked No. 4 overall in the Chosen 25.
The West is highlighted by Memphis (Tenn.) East High School center James Wiseman, a Memphis signee who is ranked No. 5 overall in the Chosen 25, Federal Way (Wash.) High School forward Jaden McDaniels, a forward who is ranked No. 6 overall in the Chosen 25, South Garland (Texas) High School guard Tyrese Maxey, a Kentucky signee who is ranked No. 7 overall in the Chosen 25, and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) shooting guard Josh Green, an Arizona signee who is ranked No. 8 overall in the Chosen 25.
Stewart vividly recalls watching Thomas Bryant, now a forward with the Washington Wizards, play in the 2015 All American Game with his father. Shortly thereafter, Stewart created an Instagram and posted a picture of the All American Game with a caption that read “goals.”
“Now here I am,” Stewart said. “It’s surreal. I’m taking this opportunity seriously because it’s a blessing. When I get there, I want to be in the moment and take it all in. It will be fun, but it’s gonna be a dogfight in the gym. It’s not just a vacation. Time to go to work.”
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