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On the PUke thread they were crowing about all of their 2020 recruits being McD AA nominees, while IU's recruits aren't. Then it was disclosed that there are more than 900 nominees and there is no real vetting for who gets nominated. I had no idea, that any high school coach, AD or principal can nominate a player regardless of credentials. It's very inconsistent from state to state. IN only had 5 and neither Leal nor Galloway were nominated. This is from a linked article:

Indiana has two high level players ranked #3 and #4 in the state that are both headed to Indiana that were not nominated. There are many players that may or may not have the ability to play community college basketball that were nominated to be in consideration for the country’s most elite high school game over legitimate high major signees.

Being nominated as a McDonald’s All-American was once seen as a huge honor for those fortunate enough to be in consideration for a selection. There was a vetting process state by state led by an individual who was very familiar with the scene. One nominator for the boys and one for the girls. Each person was heavily involved in the basketball scene for that state. The state’s top players were rarely overlooked and top 100 level players in the country were never overlooked as is the case in many states throughout the country now. 

Since 2010, this process changed to handing over the nomination process to Head high school coaches, high school athletic directors, high school principals and McDonald’s All-American Selection Committee members, which is a very select group spread out all throughout the country. Anyone of these people can nominate a player on the McDonald’s All-American website no matter what a player’s credentials or accolades are. The nomination process takes place from September 6th of a player’s senior year and closes December 15th. 


The list came out on 1/14, so apologies if this  was already discussed somewhere and I missed it.

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