Arizona Wildcats signees Nico Mannion and Josh Green were named McDonald’s All-Americans on Thursday, becoming the 24th and 25th McDonald’s All-Americans in UA basketball history.
Five-star Arizona commit Zeke Nnaji was nominated, but did not make the cut. Only 24 players are selected to participate in the game, which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The full rosters can be found here. Duke, Florida, Kentucky and Villanova were the only other schools to have multiple recruits selected.
Mannion and Green, who were AAU teammates with West Coast Elite, will suit up for the West.
Mannion is averaging 29 points, 6.3 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 steals at Phoenix’s Pinnacle High School this season, per MaxPreps. The 6-foot-3 point guard is ranked No. 1 at his position and No. 14 overall by 247Sports.
“Nico is somebody that walks in the door with great size and athleticism, and I think a complete and total understanding of how to play the position,” UA coach Sean Miller said in November. “I wouldn’t consider him just a pass-first point guard, I would call him an all-everything point guard. He can score in transition but he also knows how to get others involved. I give Nico a lot of credit because he was the first to jump on board. True to being a great point guard, you lead from the front both on offense and defense, but oftentimes you lead off the court as well. He paved the way for others to join him. Josh Green and him are great friends because they play on the summer circuit together.”
The 6-foot-6 Green is ranked the No. 3 small forward in the country and No. 11 player overall by 247Sports. The Australian attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
“Josh is somebody that we started recruiting many years ago,” Miller said in November. “Josh can play, really, either wing spot. I think his shot is really developing, that’s probably the thing that’s happened the most for him the last four or five months even though he had shoulder surgery. Just watching him shoot the ball, he’s really on a great track. I say that because everything else is really in place. He has a 6-foot-11 wingspan. He’s physically strong right now, he has a chance to be an excellent defensive player.”
Arizona’s 2019 recruiting class currently ranks No. 1 in the country. In addition to the three aforementioned players, the Wildcats have signed four-star guard Terry Armstrong Jr. and four-star big man Christian Koloko.