Being named to the McDonald’s All-American teams is one of the highest honors a prep basketball player can earn during their high school playing days. There’s only a select few players chosen each year so once a player is named to the team they know that they are one of the best players in the country, not that they weren’t aware of that already.
With that said the newest group of players were named to the McDonald’s All-American teams today and the Florida Gators have two of the 24 players. The Gators have received early commitments from point guard Kasey Hill and power forward Chris Walker, both of which were named to the East Team. Florida was one of only three other schools with two or more players named to the All-American teams (Kentucky 5, Duke 2 and North Carolina 2).
Hill and Walker make up a top-five recruiting class themselves for the Gators as they are both rated as five stars and respectively the No. 2 and No. 6 recruits in the country at their position. Florida should be very excited for the future of their basketball program especially if they continue to bring in talented players like this every year.
It goes without saying that Billy Donovan has done a phenomenal job bringing Florida back to national prominence and becoming a major player on the recruiting trails. Hill and Walker will be able to contribute right away due to their immense talent and they should be forces next season in the SEC.
If Gators fans want to get a first look at the players before they arrive in Gainesville they can tune into the McDonald’s All-American game on April 3 in Chicago.