Arizona Wildcats basketball: Stanley Johnson named McDonalds All-American

2014-01-29T16:31:00Z 2014-01-29T19:28:40Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Stanley Johnson named McDonalds All-AmericanBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Wildcats signee Stanley Johnson was named to the McDonalds All-American Game today, though fellow high school signees Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Craig Victor were not.

"He has a combination of power and finesse," ESPN recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi said upon the mention of Johnson on ESPNU's announcement show.

The full rosters can be found here.

Because Johnson is rated a Top 10 player in the class of 2014, his invitation was a given. Jackson-Cartwright and Victor are both generally rated in the among the top 50 high school seniors but were not among the 24 players named to what is still probably the most prestigious of the high school all-American events.

Scout's Brian Snow said Victor was the highest rated player not named to the McDonalds game but noted that his senior season has not been up to a McDonalds level so far. 

West Coast basketball guru Frank Burlison tweeted that he was a "little surprised" not to see Jackson-Cartwright and St. John Bosco's Daniel Hamilton not make it.

Jackson-Cartwright, however, tweeted that he was glad to see Loyola High School teammate Thomas Welch and Johnson make the team.

"I know they'll represent the best coast well!" Jackson-Cartwright said on Twitter.

As is often the case, the West Coast isn't well-represented in the McDonalds game, with Welch and Johnson the only players in it from west of the Rockies (the Findlay Prep players who were named are not from the West).

Unless UA adds one of the unsigned players on the McDonalds rosters -- they are a dark horse to land center Myles Turner of Texas -- the Wildcats will have just one player in the McDonalds game for the first time in three seasons.

Last season, Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson competed in the game, and Gordon earned MVP honors after collecting 24 points and eight rebounds. The two also played for USA Basketball in the Nike Hoop Summit.

In 2012, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley played in the McDonalds game, and Kaleb Tarczewski (who wasn't eligible for the McDonalds game as a fifth-year senior) joined them for the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game later that spring.

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