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KU signee Billy Preston named a McDonald's All-American

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Class of 2017 forward Billy Preston, the No. 8-ranked player in his class according to Rivals.com, learned Sunday night that he was selected to be a McDonald's All-American.

Preston joins a long list of current and former Jayhawks to earn a spot in the prestigious high school all-star game and was joined on the West squad by KU target Trae Young, one of the top point guards in the class who remains one of the Jayhawks' top targets in the current class.

Point guard Trevon Duval, who also remains undecided and on the Jayhawks' radar was named to the East squad.

Preston, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound five-star forward from Oak Hill Academy, chose Kansas over finalists Indiana, Syracuse and USC and did so on the strength of his stellar visit during Late Night in the Phog in early October.

He becomes the 41st Jayhawk to earn McDonald's All-American honors, a feat that also was accomplished by three members of the current roster — Carlton Bragg Jr. in 2015 and Udoka Azubuike and Josh Jackson in 2016.

While Preston — and potentially Young and/or Duval — was the only Jayhawk-to-be to land on this year's 24-player roster, a look at the 23 other names to earn the honor proves yet again just how strong KU's recent recruiting efforts have been.

Several players on the 24-man roster considered Kansas or had the Jayhawks on their final list, including center DeAndre Ayton, point guard Collin Sexton and small forward Troy Brown.

This year's McDonald's All-American game will take place March 29 at United Center in Chicago.

Comments

Kent Richardson 3 months, 1 week ago

Like that out two targeted point guards will get to interact with Billy. Who wouldn't want to be Yukon King to Sergeant Preston.

Caden Ford 3 months, 1 week ago

I watched Billy and Oak Hill play today against Michael Porter Jr. and Nathan Hale on ESPNU. Nathan Hale won late i believe by three or four, but Preston looked very athletic. He definitely wants the ball in his hands, (in a good way) and has very good court awareness to find the open players and make the right decisions. He also crashed the boards well and had good opportunities for put backs (only stopped because he was fouled) However, there were times were he would let the offensive player go right by him and he hardly looked to challenge shots. Not sure if he was timid or just didn't feel like defending, but overall I think he will be a very nice addition. Just hoping to get Trae Young now! Good thing they are on the same MCDAAG roster. Billy can recruit him if he hasn;t decided by then. Haha

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