The McDonald’s All-American Game rosters were announced on Tuesday night, and it’s a sign of the times that we’re even writing about this.
Two of Vanderbilt’s three early signees, Darius Garland and Simi Shittu, were selected to play in the game. Shittu, who’s from Toronto and is playing high school basketball in Vermont, will play for the West team. Darius Garland, who’s from Brentwood (which as far as we know is west of Vermont and Toronto on a map), will play for the East team. Geography is definitely a strongsuit here.
If two McDonald’s All-Americans sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. Kentucky also has two signees playing in the game (Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson), and a third Vanderbilt recruit, Romeo Langford (who will decide between Vanderbilt, Indiana, and Kansas in the spring), will also be playing in the game.
Vanderbilt has never signed a McDonald’s All-American out of high school before, though Billy McCaffrey ultimately did play at Vanderbilt after transferring from Duke.