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Who was the last Ky. player to be a McDonald's Al American?


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Just had a conversation with a buddy of mine and he asked me this question: Who was the last Kentucky player to be named a Mcdonald's All American? I told him I wasn't sure, but thought it was Allan Houston.

Rondo was a McDonald's AA, but he played his last year in Virginia. My friend wanted to know who was the last Kentucky high school player to be on the McDonald's team playing as a senior in Kentucky.

 

Does anyone have the answer?

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The last player to play his entire high school career in KY and be a McDonald's All-American was Jason Osborne of Male in 1993. It's tough to be a McDonald's All American if nobody outside your state sees you do much, so I doubt we'll have more than one a decade unless KY HS players get more national exposure.

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I doubt we will see this Individual honor bestowed upon many Kentucky players. Kentucky Basketball is one the best states for Team Basketball. Just too much of an emphassis put on the team here.

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It's nice to say that there's an emphasis on team basketball, and the game is usually played at a very solid level in this state, but the individual talent in this state is also not that strong, comparatively. Some of this has to do with the low population, and also the fact that the state is very fractured in terms of quality coaching and chances to develop players. The simple fact also is that there are fewer elite level athletes in this state than in bigger states. This shows in the lack of Kentucky-produced players who make an impact at the Division 1 and NBA levels.

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