IMG Academy Basketball Makes History with 2019 McDonald's All-American Games Announcement
IMG Academy made history again with the announcement of the 42nd annual McDonald’s All-American Games rosters. Out of more than 800 nominees, Ascenders Josh Green, Armando Bacot, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made the cut to be recognized among the 24 most notable seniors in the nation. In the McDonald’s All-American Games’ 42-years of history, this is the first time that three players from the same team have been selected in the same year.
Robinson-Earl, Green, and Bacot have led the Ascenders to a 20-1 overall record on the year and the team is the consensus No. 3 ranked program in both the USA TODAY SUPER 25 and MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings.
Robinson-Earl, a Villanova signee and native of Kansas City, Kan., leads the program in scoring (16.8 ppg.) and rebounds (9.5). He is ranked as the 20th overall prospect for the class of 2019 in the ESPN100.
Green is the highest ranked senior on the team at No. 7 in the latest ESPN100 and signed with the Arizona Wildcats in November. The Sydney, Australia native is averaging 4 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while averaging 15.6 points with an incredible 46% from 3-point range.
Bacot checks in at No. 18 in the ESPN 100 and signed with North Carolina in November. The Richmond, Va. native leads the team in defensive rebounds per game (9.1) and blocked shots (1.6 per game), and is averaging 14.8 points while shooting 69% from the floor.
The trio of Ascenders mark the second year for IMG Academy basketball players to earn McDonald’s All-American honors. In 2017, IMG became the first school in the game’s history with a male and female player selected from the same school in the same year when Trevon Duval (Duke; Milwaukee Bucks) and Rellah Boothe (Texas; Middle Tennessee State) made the final cut.
The 42nd annual McDonald’s All-American Game will take place Wednesday, March 27 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm EST. and will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN+.