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Could these top basketball recruits make the McDonald’s All-American team?

Montverde Academy’s R.J. Barrett shoots a free throw in January against Bishop Montgomery. Barrett is the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018 and will play at Duke next season.
Montverde Academy’s R.J. Barrett shoots a free throw in January against Bishop Montgomery. Barrett is the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018 and will play at Duke next season. AP

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.

Boys

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.

Girls

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.

Jonas Pope IV: 919-419-6501, @JEPopeIV

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