UNC Basketball: Future Heels in McD’s All-American Game

Justin Jackson

North Carolina signee Justin Jackson (left) receives his MVP honor that he shared with future Duke signee Jahlil Okafor.

The McDonald’s All-American Game, which was played on April 2, featured three players that are signed to play for the UNC basketball team next season.

Joel Berry II, Justin Jackson, and Theo Pinson were all selected to play in the revered game two weeks ago. Berry was on the West team while Jackson and Pinson were both put on the East team.

Berry is a point guard from Lake Highland Prep in Apopka (Fla.), while Pinson and Jackson are both small forwards from Wesleyan Christian in Greensboro (NC) and Homeschool Christian in Tomball (Tex.), respectively.

Pinson finished the game with three points, two rebounds, and three assists while playing 11 minutes. Although Pinson only finished with three points, he made sure he made a statement by putting Kansas signee Kelly Oubre on a poster.

Berry finished with seven points, two rebounds, four assists, and one steal while playing a total of 16 minutes.

Jackson was named one of the MVPs of the game alongside future rival and Duke signee Jahlil Okafor. And he proved to the nation that he deserved the honor. Jackson finished the game with 23 points, five rebounds, two assists, and one block while playing 23 total minutes. Jackson was also 11-of-14 from the field.

With three Tar Heels in this year’s game, the future looks bright in Chapel Hill and the fans cannot wait to see what is to come from those three young men. The three will be the 68th, 69th, and 70th McDonald’s All-Americans to play at North Carolina.

And here is the annual Duke vs. UNC Smackdown video made by DraftExpress, which features the McDonald’s All-Americans that will be attending Duke and North Carolina talking a little trash to each other: