Written by Corbett Smith
3 local players get call to play in McDonald's All-American Game
Kimball's Frazier, Prestonwood's Randle and DeSoto's Jones represent area in prestigious event
For the second time in the game’s 36-year history, the Dallas area will have three boys players hit the court for the McDonald’s All-American game — Kimball’s Keith Frazier and Plano Prestonwood’s Julius Randle will play for the East, and DeSoto’s Matt Jones will play for the West.
The three selections match the area’s largest haul in 2003, when Lincoln’s Chris Bosh, Cedar Hill’s Daniel Horton and The Colony’s Bracey Wright were named to the teams.
Frazier — SportsDay’s player of the year — announced Tuesday his intention to sign with SMU. He averaged 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists for Kimball, the UIL Class 4A runner-up.
Jones, a Duke signee, finished second to Washington signee Nigel Williams-Goss in Monday’s 3-point contest. Jones averaged 15.8 points and 5.8 assists for DeSoto, which finished 33-3.
After missing most of the season with a broken foot, Randle was added to the game on March 6 after returning to Prestonwood for the final five games and leading his team to its second straight TAPPS 5A title. Randle, a Kentucky pledge, averaged 25.1 points and 12.7 rebounds in seven games his senior season.
A year after having three area players (UConn’s Moriah Jefferson, Duke’s Alexis Jones and Texas A&M’s Jordan Jones) make the girls’ rosters — the most since the inception of the girls game in 2002 — no girl from the area was selected for this year’s game.