CHICAGO — The game itself is still to come, yet Demetrius Jackson has already put his stamp all over the McDonald’s All American experience.
The Marian High School senior, Notre Dame recruit and Indiana Mr. Basketball hopeful won the McDonald’s All American skills contest Monday, April 1 among boys players gathered at Chicago’s Ratner Center.
A day earlier, he served as captain for the East squad’s practice, as assigned by head coach Freddy Johnson of Greensboro (N.C.) Day.
Johnson told the Chicago Tribune afterwards he was impressed with Jackson’s court vision, unselfishness and desire to improve.
The McDonald’s All American boys game from the United Center will be telecast live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 3.
The Truth’s Anthony Anderson will tweet the contest @AnthonyAnders11.
Jackson, featured Monday in the Chicago Tribune, is the lone boys player from Indiana. He spoke about some of his childhood years.
Among the other players on Jackson’s East team is Indiana University recruit Noah Vonleh, the No. 8-rated prospect by ESPN.
There also are a record-setting six Kentucky recruits in the game — four on the West squad — while No. 1-rated Andrew Wiggins (East team) and No. 4 Aaron Gordon (West) each have Kentucky on the short lists of schools they’re still considering. Gordon was expected to announce his choice Tuesday.
On the girls side, North Carolina-bound Indiana Miss Basketball winner Stephanie Mavunga of Brownsburg is joined by Notre Dame recruit Taya Reimer of Hamilton Southeastern on the East squad. Another Irish recruit, Lindsay Allen from Bowie, Md., is also on the East team.
The girls game from the United Center will be shown live at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.