There's one day a year in which the best high school talent in the entire nation is on one court at one time, putting on a display for all to see prior to their jump to the collegiate ranks. That day is today with the boys and girls McDonald's All-American games set to get underway in Chicago's United Center, and the Texas Longhorns are well represented in each.
The girls game gets underway first, tipping off around 5:30 PM CT on ESPNU, and some of the very best talent the high school ranks have to offer is set to join a Longhorns unit that reached the Elite Eight this season. Joyner Holmes will wear No. 24 for the East team and is a five-star recruit from Cedar Hill, and the nation's No. 2 overall recruit, according to ESPN, was set to team up with Texas' floor general of the future in Alecia Sutton, but Sutton suffered a torn ACL late in her senior season. Sutton is another five-star recruit and No. 6 overall, per ESPN, but will likely miss all or part of her freshman season at Texas.
Texas is one of 16 programs with a commit playing in the girls All-American game, and one of six with multiple commits.
On the boys side, Andrew Jones, an explosive sharpshooting combo guard from Irving Macarthur is the lone Longhorn commit, but he may not be the only All-American suited up in burnt orange next season.
As Jones notes, he's working on persuading Jarrett Allen, a 6'10 forward from Austin (Texas) St. Stephens to join him under the guidance of Shaka Smart next season. But tonight, Allen won't be joining forces with Jones, but competing against him on the West team.
The Longhorns are one of 14 team represented in tonight's boys All-American game, and could be more well-represented than we know for certain yet if the expectations of Allen staying in Austin come to fruition. The boys game is set to tip of around 8:00 PM CT on ESPN.