The nominees for the 2018 McDonald’s All-American game were announced Wednesday, and the Triangle is well-represented. A list of 700 of the top boys and girls players from around the nation was released and the committee will select 24 boys and 24 girls to make up the roster for the annual All-Star game, which will be played on March 28 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Several players either from the Triangle, or who have committed to Triangle ACC schools made the list. Final rosters will be announced on Jan. 16.
Jayden Gardner, 6-8, 225 pounds, Heritage High School, Wake Forest
Gardner signed with East Carolina on Nov. 8.
Jarren McAllister, 6-3, 165, Heritage High School, Wake Forest
McAllister committed early to Virginia Tech and signed with the Hokies in November.
Coby White, 6-5, 170, Greenfield School, Wilson
White, the leading scorer in North Carolina this season, is headed to UNC.
R.J. Barrett, 6-7, 200, Montverde (Fla.) Academy, Montverde, Fla.
The No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018 is headed to Duke next season.
Tre Jones, 6-2, 175, Apple Valley (Mn.), Saint Paul, Min.
Jones, the younger brother of Tyus Jones – the former Duke point guard who now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves – will also play for the Blue Devils.
Cam Reddish, 6-7, 211, Westtown School, Norristown, Pa.
Reddish, the No. 2-ranked player in the Class of 2018, according to 247sports, will join Barrett at Duke next season.
Nassir Little, 6-7, 205, Orlando Christian Prep, Orlando, Fla.
Little, the No. 7-ranked player in the nation, according to 247sports, has signed with North Carolina.
Rechon Black, 6-7, 175, Cox Mill, Concord
Black will join White and Little in Chapel Hill next season.
Manny Bates, 6-9, 195, Northwood Temple, Fayetteville
Bates, who hasn’t played this season because of a shoulder injury, is headed to N.C. State.
Elissa Cunane, 6-5, Northern Guildford, Summerfield, NC
Cunane has signed with N.C. State.
Rayah Craig (5-10), Desert Mountain (Az), Scottsdale, Az.
Craig, who signed with Duke, is a four-star recruit, according to ESPN.
Izabela Nicoletti (5-9), Neuse Christian, Raleigh
Nicoletti, a native of Brazil, will play at Florida State next season. She picked FSU over Michigan, Tennessee and UCLA.
Madison Taylor (5-8), Ravenscroft School, Raleigh
The point guard is considering Charleston, Gardner-Webb and UNC Greensboro.