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KU signee Bryce Thompson becomes 46th future Jayhawk to be named a McDonald's All-American

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New Kansas basketball commitment Bryce Thompson flashes a smile after revealing his college choice during a ceremony at Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

New Kansas basketball commitment Bryce Thompson flashes a smile after revealing his college choice during a ceremony at Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. by Matt Barnard/Tulsa World

Class of 2020 Kansas signee Bryce Thompson received word on Thursday that he had become KU’s latest McDonald’s All-American.

The game will be played April 1 in Houston.

One of 24 high school boys to earn a spot in this year’s McDonald’s game, the 6-foot-5 combo guard from Booker T. Washington High is the highest-ranked player in the 2020 class to sign with Kansas.

Ranked No. 19 overall in the 2020 class by Rivals.com, Thompson, who signed with KU back in November, is currently averaging 24.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season, according to the Tulsa World.

He recently was named to the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions all-tournament team and also earned game MVP honors at the Norm Stewart Classic.

Said KU coach Bill Self of Thompson, shortly after the future Jayhawk signed his national letter of intent in November: “The signing of Bryce is one of our most important signees in recent memory. Landing at Top 20 player is a positive statement for our program on and off the court. … He’s a lead guard and scoring guard. We’ve had some of our best success with these type of combo guards. He’s going to bring energy to our program and he’s going to bring talent. We anticipate him being an impact player for us.”

Thompson becomes the 10th player from Oklahoma and fourth from Tulsa to earn a McDonald’s All-American Game roster spot and is the 46th Jayhawk to earn the honor.

Here’s a look at the rest of that list:

1977 – Darnell Valentine

1981 – Greg Dreiling

1984 – Danny Manning

1985 – Ricky Calloway & Tony Guy

1986 – Mark Randall

1987 – Mike Maddox

1990 – Darrin Hancock

1991 – Ben Davis & Calvin Rayford

1993 – Jacque Vaughn

1994 – Raef LaFrentz

1995 – Paul Pierce & Ryan Robertson

1996 – Lester Earl

1997 – Eric Chenowith & Kenny Gregory

1998 – Jeff Boschee

1999 – Nick Collison

2001 – Aaron Miles & Wayne Simien

2003 – J.R. Giddens & David Padgett

2005 – Mario Chalmers, Micah Downs & Julian Wright

2006 – Darrell Arthur & Sherron Collins

2007 – Cole Aldrich

2009 – Xavier Henry

2010 – Josh Selby

2012 – Perry Ellis

2013 – Wayne Selden Jr. & Andrew Wiggins

2014 – Cliff Alexander & Kelly Oubre

2015 – Carlton Bragg Jr., Cheick Diallo & Malik Newman

2016 – Udoka Azubuike & Josh Jackson

2017 – Billy Preston

2018 – Devon Dotson, Quentin Grimes & David McCormack

Comments

Scott Proch 10 months, 1 week ago

Interesting mixed bag of results on this list. From Nick Collison, Wayne Simien, Mario and Jacque to Preston, Diallo, Bragg and Grimes....

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