As expected, the Kentucky Wildcats will have two players in the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game.
Five-star forward Kahlil Whitney and five-star guard Tyrese Maxey will be playing this year’s prestigious event. Both will be on the West Team. Kentucky has had at least one player made the game in every year under John Calipari.
Whitney, who plays for Roselle Catholic in New Jersey, is ranked No. 8 overall in the Class of 2019 by 247 Sports Composite, which factors in all of major recruiting rankings. He’s also the No. 1 small forward.
Maxey, who plays for South Garland in Texas, is ranked No. 10 overall by 247 Sports Composite. He’s also the No. 2 combo guard.
Also making the game will be several Kentucky recruits, including five-star forward Jaden McDaniels and five-star forward Matthew Hurt. They appear to be the best bets for Kentucky adding to its 2019 class, though the recent buzz has them landing elsewhere. Hurt will be on the West Team with Whitney and Maxey, so you can bet those two future Cats will spend the week trying to get Hurt to join them in college.
Last year, Kentucky had three future Wildcats in the game — EJ Montgomery (uncommitted at the time), Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson. Ashton Hagans was ineligible for the game since he didn’t reclassify until June, while Tyler Herro narrowly missed out on a spot.
Currently, Kentucky has only three pledges in its 2019 class — Whitney, Maxey and four-star wing Dontaie Allen. Allen was actually nominated for the game, but his torn ACL suffered in late December killed any hope of making the game.