Thursday, February 19, 2009

Four Tar Heel signees lead McDonald's roster

North Carolina leads all schools with four signees selected to the 2009 McDonald’s All-American game rosters, which were announced Tuesday.

Three 6-foot-10 forwards – John Henson and twins David and Travis Wear – joined 6-3 guard Dexter Strickland as North Carolina signees scheduled to play in the game on April 1 in Miami.

Both of Duke’s signees – 6-10 Ryan Kelly of Raleigh Ravenscroft and 6-11 Mason Plumlee of Christ School in Arden, N.C. – also were selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.

Clemson has just its third McDonald’s All-American signee out of high school ever in Milton Jennings of Cottageville, S.C., who plays for Pineville Prep in South Carolina. Sharone Wright was Clemson’s most recent McDonald’s All-American signee, in 1991.

The ACC leads all conferences with nine McDonald’s All-American signees, followed by the Big East with five. Three McDonald’s All-Americans – N.C. State target DeMarcus Cousins, Lance Stephenson and Renardo Sidney – haven’t picked a school yet. – Ken Tysiac