TWO UCLA SIGNEES TO COMPETE IN MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICAN GAME
Jaylen Hands, Kris Wilkes set for Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Game
Incoming UCLA freshmen Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes will participate in the 40th McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, March 29.
Wednesday evening’s McDonald’s All-American Game will be nationally televised on ESPN at 4 p.m. (PT).
Hands and Wilkes, currently seniors in high school, signed National Letters of Intent with the Bruins in Nov. 2016 and will enroll at UCLA for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. These two incoming freshmen will be the 42nd and 43rd Bruins to compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
In addition, this will mark the third McDonald’s All-American Game in the last four years in which UCLA has had two of its incoming players compete. Last season, Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf played for the West All-Stars. In 2014, Kevon Looney and Thomas Welsh played in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
A 6-foot-3 guard from San Diego, Hands most recently led Foothills Christian High School to the CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinals, as his high school team posted a 24-7 overall record. Hands averaged 29.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game as a senior.
Foothills Christian concluded its season ranked No. 3 by the San Diego Union-Tribune in the San Diego area boys’ basketball team rankings.
Wilkes, a 6-foot-7 guard from Indianapolis, Ind., helped lead North Central High School to back-to-back sectional championships in 2016 and 2017. He averaged 21.9 points and 6.9 rebound while shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc as a senior.
Wilkes has earned Marion County Player of the Year honors the past two seasons, concluding his high school career with 1,831 points and 548 rebounds. Playing against one of his home state’s most challenging schedules, North Central compiled a 77-22 record in four seasons.
Both players have been rated as five-star recruits by Rivals.com and Scout.com. Wilkes has been tabbed the No. 17 player in the nation by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Hands has been ranked as high as No. 24, nationally, by Rivals.com and No. 26 by Scout.com.
Hands and Wilkes are two of five high school seniors who signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend UCLA in 2017-18. Also included in that early signing class were Li’Angelo Ball (Chino Hills, Calif.), Jalen Hill (Corona, Calif.) and Cody Riley (Chatsworth, Calif.).