It’s time again for the top high school basketball players in the country to be rewarded for their hard work with a spot on the national stage. The Left Bench is taking a look at the 38th annual McDonald’s All-American game. Lamar Johnson will look at some of the players that highlight the East Team.
The East team sports an enormous wealth of top talent. This team features the top two players in the country in PF Ben Simmons and SF Jaylen Brown. The East team also has the top offensive center in the country, Diamond Stone, and the top point guard, Isaiah Briscoe.
PF Ben Simmons is originally from Australia and will attend Louisiana State University in the fall. Simmons is the number one recruit in the country and will likely lead this team in the game. All eyes will be on him as he takes the court tomorrow.
The East squad also sports the number two recruit in the country, Jaylen Brown. Brown is now undecided but sports offers from Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina among others. Brown joins C Thomas Bryant and PF Cheick Diallo as the only undecided on the East team.
The most recent member of the East team to commit was C Diamond Stone. Stone announced on March 27 that he would join the University of Maryland in the fall. This was a huge commit for the Terrapins who look to build upon their tournament run that saw them bounced in the Round of 32.
In the fall, Stone will get to run the pick-and-roll with this year’s freshman standout, Melo Trimble. For this game he will get to play with the top PG recruit in the county, Kentucky commit Isaiah Briscoe. Briscoe has proven that he is capable of both scoring and facilitating on the offensive end. He has a plethora of dribble moves at his disposal that help him to get an open shot when he desires. He seems ready to enjoy success at the next level.
Also on the East team is 2015 Powerade Jam Fest champion SF Dwayne Bacon. Bacon is a Florida State commit and displayed his athleticism in the Jam Fest. He even dunked over basketball analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose.