All four of John Calipari’s signees for the 2014 men’s basketball season have been chosen to play in the McDonald’s All-America game. Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns and Tyler Ulis were selected to the All-Star game on April 2nd in the United Center in Chicago. These guys make 20 McDonald’s All-Americans that have been part of his recruiting classes as the coach of the Wildcats. The others that Cal has had in the games are: Demarcus Cousins (2009), Anthony Davis (2011), Archie Goodwin (2012), Aaron Harrison (2013), Andrew Harrison (2013), Dakari Johnson (2013), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2011), Terrence Jones (2010), Brandon Knight (2010), Doron Lamb (2010), Marcus Lee (2013), Alex Poythress (2012), Julius Randle (2013), Marquis Teague (2011), Kyle Wiltjer (2011), and James Young (2013). All of the former Wildcats you see are all in the NBA so that bodes well for Cal and the Cats moving forward, Kentucky has a very good track record when it comes to Mcdonalds All-Americans as you can see.
For the guys coming in they all look to make a splash and a name for themselves as a lot of guys do during this game. Sure it’s more of an all-star type game like they have in the NBA where there is a lot of alley-oops, no defense and a whole lot of showboating but its a little more competitive than the NBA version. This is everyone’s first sneak peak of all of the signees playing their potential college rivals and it is something else to watch. I look forward to seeing Booker, Lyles, Towns, and Ulis show the Big Blue Nation what they are made of and show that this recruiting class is going to make a big splash their freshman year at UK. Now we just have to wait until 9pm on April 2nd but I know for certain that the Big Blue Nation will be waiting as anxiously as I am.