Seniors Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll) and Jalen Smith (Mt. Saint Joseph) were named to the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game on Tuesday afternoon.
Paul VI girls basketball senior Amira Collins was also named a McDonald All-American. Collins is averaging 16.9 points per game for the Panthers, who are 15-2 this season.
Smith and Quickley are the first boys basketball players from the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game since Markelle Fultz (Philadelphia Sixers) and VJ King (Louisville) in 2016.
Smith is rated a five-star and ranked the No. 15 player in the country by ESPN. The Maryland commit tallied a double-double–23 points and 14 rebounds–in Mt. Saint Joseph’s win over Ranney School at the Spalding Hoophall Classic.
Five-star Quickley, a Kentucky commit, is ranked the No. 12 player in the nation by ESPN. He scored 19 points–14 points in the second half–in the loss to Hudson Catholic at Hoophall.
Smith and Quickley will join R.J. Barrett, Romeo Langford and Zion Williamson on the East Team. Bol Bol, Devon Dotson and Tre Jones will represent the West Team.
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Quickley has talked about playing with Williamson at Kentucky next season and believes they can form a dynamic duo. Williamson is set to make his college decision Saturday.
“I think we could win the national championship with him,” Quickley told MassLive. “He’s a monster on offense and defense. That just makes it easier for everybody else.”