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For 36 years, the McDonald's All American game sets the 12 best senior basketball players from the east versus the 12 best senior basketball players from the west. Tonights game will feature three future Big Ten players, all on the East team: PG Melo Trimble (Maryland), SG D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State) and SG James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana).
Trimble is a shooting guard-turned-point guard from Arlington, VA that won the prestigious Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Player of the Year award this past season. He's known for his deadly jumper, strength and leadership. He could provide the stability at point guard that Maryland's desperately needed in recent years.
Russell is a great scorer with a smooth lefty stroke. He's also a great passer and playmaker for his teammates. Offensively, he's exactly the kind of player the Buckeyes lacked this season and could make a major impact in his freshman season with the losses of LaQuinton Ross, Aaron Craft, Amedeo Della Valle and Lenzelle Smith.
Blackmon is a shooter's shooter and on Monday won the McDonald's All-American 3-point contest. He's incredibly confident with his shot and can score from anywhere on the court. He's improved his handle and control so he can slide over and run the point if needed. Blackmon and junior point guard Yogi Ferrell will be a deadly back court combination for Indiana moving forward.