Zeller will be a McDonald’s All-American

Cody Zeller will be the 23rd McDonald’s All-American to attend Indiana.

The 6-foot-11 center from Washington is expected to be named to the team later today (official announcement at 5 on ESPNU), according to the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling.

He’s the first Burger Boy since Eric Gordon in 2007 and the fifth Hoosier since 2000.

Tyler and Luke Zeller were also McDonald’s All-Americans and it appears they may be the first trio of brothers to be named to the game.

The game will be in Chicago on March 30. Here’s a link for ticket info.

UPDATE: Broadcast seems to be 5 p.m, not 5:30.

There are three Indiana high school players in the McDonald’s game this year, with Gary Wallace’s Branden Dawson (Michigan State) and Pike’s Marquis Teague (Kentucky) joining Zeller. All are playing for the West team, coached by the legendary Gene Pingatore of Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph’s, who coached Isiah Thomas of IU’s 1981 NCAA title team and Daryl Thomas of IU’s 1987 national champs. Daryl Thomas is currently on Pingatore’s staff and will help coach in the McDonald’s game.

The full 2011 McDonald’s All-American rosters are:

2011 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team
Boys Alphabetical Roster
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Brad Beal G 6-5 Chaminade College Prep, MO (St. Louis, MO) Florida
Chane Behanan F 6-7 Bowling Green, KY (Bowling Green, KY) Louisville
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G 6-5 Greenville, GA (Greenville, GA) Georgia
Michael Carter-Williams G 6-5 St. Andrew’s, RI (Barrington, RI) Syracuse
Rakeem Christmas F 6-10 Academy of the New Church, PA (Bryn Athyn, PA) Syracuse
Quinn Cook G 6-0 Oak Hill Academy, VA (Mouth of Wilson, VA) Duke
Michael Gilchrist F 6-7 St. Patrick, NJ (Elizabeth, NJ) Kentucky
P.J. Hairston G/F 6-6 Hargrave Military Academy, VA (Chatham, VA) North Carolina
James McAdoo F 6-8 Norfolk Christian, VA (Norfolk, VA) North Carolina
Johnny O’Bryant III C 6-10 Eastside, MS (Cleveland, MS) LSU
Marshall Plumlee F/C 6-10 Christ School, NC (Arden, NC) Duke
Shannon Scott G 6-2 Milton, GA (Alpharetta, GA) Ohio State

Head Coach: Bob Cimino, Mt. Vernon, NY (Mt. Vernon High School)
Asst. Coach: Brian Pritchett, Mt. Vernon, NY (Mt. Vernon High School)

Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Khem Birch F/C 6-9 Notre Dame Prep, MA (Fitchburg, MA) Pittsburgh
Wayne Blackshear G/F 6-5 Morgan Park, IL (Chicago, IL) Louisville
Anthony Davis F/C 6-9 Perspectives Charter, IL (Chicago, IL) Kentucky
Branden Dawson G/F 6-5 Lew Wallace, IN (Gary, IN) Michigan State
Myck Kabongo G 6-1 Findlay Prep, NV (Henderson, NV) Texas
LeBryan Nash F 6-7 Lincoln, TX (Dallas, TX) Oklahoma State
Austin Rivers G 6-3 Winter Park, FL (Winter Park, FL) Duke
Marquis Teague G 6-1 Pike, IN (Indianapolis, IN) Kentucky
Adonis Thomas G/F 6-7 Melrose, TN (Memphis, TN) Memphis
Amir Williams C 6-10 Detroit Country Day, MI (Beverly Hills, MI) Ohio State
Kyle Wiltjer F 6-10 Jesuit, OR (Portland, OR) Kentucky
Cody Zeller F 6-10 Washington, IN (Washington, IN) Indiana

Head Coach: Gene Pingatore, Westchester, IL. (St. Joseph High School)
Asst. Coach: Bill Riley, Westchester, IL. (St. Joseph High School)
Asst. Coach: Daryl Thomas, Westchester, IL. (St. Joseph High School)


  1. Hate seeing two more Ohio State recruits on the rosters but you have to respect Thad Matta’s ability to recruit. He seems to be the coach big men view as a quick ticket to the league much like Calipari is to point guards. Anybody know anything about Amir Williams?

  2. GARY — It’s lonely at the top.

    On the same day that Branden Dawson was named a McDonald’s All-American, Lew Wallace played in front of a couple of handfuls of fans at the Hornets’ gym. It’s the first time since 1991 that a Northwest Indiana player has been named to the team. Glenn Robinson, who led Roosevelt to the state title and was named Mr. Basketball, earned the honor that year.

    Despite the lofty honor, Dawson has earned his way onto the team in a pretty humbling environment.

    The Lew Wallace junior varsity coach had to stand to coach his kids because their weren’t enough folding chairs for him to sit.

    Their opponent, LaLumiere, where tuition runs around $30,000 per year, has a team full of Division-I players. That includes Hanner Perea, a junior, who has verbally committed to play at Indiana. Perea had company. Indiana coach Tom Crean was sitting in the bleachers watching his prized 2012 recruit.

    For Dawson, who eschewed prep school to return to Lew Wallace, it was a good day despite the fact that the Hornets lost to LaLumiere 75-60.

    He was a one-man wrecking crew for the Hornets, scoring 37 points. That included making 4-of-5 from the 3-point line.

    Congrats to Cody…And congrats to Tom Crean for landing some very bright and gifted basketball players that go to schools for bright and gifted kids. And congrats to their parents that raise them right and give them access to the best schools in secure households and demographically suitable neighborhoods. And congrats to Branden Dawson for staying true to his heart and putting at risk ever being recognized as a McDonald’s “Burger Boy” superstar. Congrats for making your forgotten steel town a little proud..Congrats for loving your mom and keeping yourself removed from the hard streets that devour and destroy the futures of thousands just like you that will never see a college campus. Congrats for staying at Gary Lew Wallace and making your high school and coach proud to share in your honor when you could have escaped to any public or prep school in the land to be proclaimed the next Dwyane Wade. And though he’s in the stands for your game tonight, I’m sure you never heard a certain coach from the largest university in Indiana sing in your locker room how important “recruiting Indiana” was to the fan base his new gig. Congrats for realizing what Tom Izzo told you. Congrats for knowing the inspiring “Because it’s Indiana” quote placed in a sports column of Indiana’s Gary Post Tribune didn’t include the Indiana zip code that your hard working mom places on her Indiana tax form. And congrats to your teachers that wake up every morning slightly departed the canvas of a Norman Rockwell painting. And congrats to all the unheard voices with immeasurable odds stacked against them that somehow keep a few dreams alive in half-empty classrooms where “a time for change” remains a hollow promise.

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