CHARLOTTE — The McDonald’s All-American Game will have plenty of North Carolina influence this year.
West Charlotte center Kennedy Meeks and Oxford Webb’s Isaiah Hicks made the East team, event organizers announced Thursday. Meeks and Hicks, who have signed to play for coach Roy Williams at North Carolina, will be coached by Greensboro Day coach Freddy Johnson and his staff.
N.C. State recruit Anthony Barber also will play on the East team. Barber is a four-star point guard from Hampton, Va., who committed to the Wolfpack in September.
Duke commitments Jabari Parker, a forward from Chicago considered one of the country’s best players, and shooting guard Matt Jones will play on the West squad.
The annual showcase will be April 3 at Chicago’s United Center. Kentucky leads all schools with five of the 24 selections.
The game also will feature 6-foot-7 forward Andrew Wiggins, the nation’s top-rated recruit. He says he will choose between Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Meeks, Parker and Jones also were tabbed to play in the Jordan Brand Classic, which will be April 13 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In the girls’ game, North Carolina and Duke are well represented. The Tar Heels have three recruits: Diamond DeShields (Norcross, Ga.), Stephanie Mavunga (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Jessica Washington (Jenks, Okla.). The future Blue Devils are Californians Oderah Chidom and Kendall Cooper and Rebecca Greenwell (Owensboro, Ky.). Alaina Coates, a South Carolina recruit from Dutch Fork High (S.C.), is on the East roster.