Four out of five members of Indiana’s 2017 recruiting class were nominated to be McDonald’s All-Americans, it was announced Tuesday.
Jaelynn Penn (Kentucky), Linsey Marchese (Georgia), Alexis Johnson (Texas) and Bendu Yeaney (Oregon) were among a large list of players across the country nominated. Keyanna Warthen did not make the cut in Florida.
Last year, the final 12-player rosters — with both an East and a West squad — were announced less than two weeks after the nominations list was revealed.
It’s hard to say if any of IU’s four nominees will actually play in the McDonald’s All-American game on March 29. Competition for those slots is stiff. For example, there were 123 players nominated from the state of Texas. Oregon had 27 players nominated. Only three players were nominated from Kentucky, however.
The most highly regarded player from IU’s ’17 class is Penn, a five-star prospect who is a front-runner for Ms. Basketball in Kentucky. As a whole, the Hoosiers’ ’17 class was given high marks; it was ranked as high as No. 13 by Prospects Nation. Regardless of whether Penn, Yeaney, Johnson or Marchese make the final cut, it is an honor to be nominated, and just further reflects what analysts have already said about this class.