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Georgetown has one of the top recruiting classes in the country for the class of 2014 and today it was announced that half of the Hoyas current four-man recruiting class has been nominated for the McDonald's All-American game to be played on April 2nd at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Hoyas signees Paul White and L.J. Peak were among those selected as McDonald's All-American Game nominees this morning.
Both Paul White of Whitney Young High School in Chicago, Illinois and L.J. Peak from Gaffney High School in Gaffney, South Carolina were among the nearly 1,000 boys and girl’s high school basketball players nationwide to receive the opportunity to potentially be one of the final 24 selections to the All-American game itself. Players were nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee.
Paul White has been one of the key contributors for the Whitney Young Dolphins to this point in the season and has stepped up when the spotlight has been on him. In the Dolphins nationally televised game against Apple Valley (MN) White had what many, including his coach Tyrone Slaughter, described as a "Georgetown-esque game" as he finished with 17 points and contributed in many ways.
White had another opportunity to shine on the national stage against Prime Prep, as last week’s game between the Illinois and Texas high school basketball powers was shown on ESPN2, and had a monster performance as he finished with 29 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds. The Hoyas signee was impressive on both ends of the floor as he also played some great defense on Prime Prep’s star guard Emmanuel Mudiay making getting good looks at the basket difficult for the five-star prospect.
White’s one time Whitney Young Dolphins teammate L.J. Peak has been putting on a scoring clinic on since returning to his local high school to play for the Gaffney Indians as a senior. To this point in the season, Peak had led his team to a 10-1 mark while putting up some gaudy numbers on the offensive end. The Hoyas signee is averaging well over 30 points per game on the year as he has passed the 30 point plateau in each of his team’s 11 games this season.
Peak brings a different level of athleticism to the table as he has a pension for making highlight reel type plays as you can see from the clips from this game from earlier in the season. For as much of a high flyer as Peak has shown the ability to be he is equally as dangerous from beyond the arc as he shot 60.7% from beyond the arc in the EYBL regular season for his AAU program the CP3 All-Stars and was second on the team in scoring at the 2013 Nike Peach Jam with an average of 15.9 PPG while shooting 54.4% from the field.
The final team of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2014 Games will be announced during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU on January 29 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The full list of the boys and girls nominees can be found here. Whether they make the final roster or not, with Paul White and L.J. Peak in the fold for 2014, along with fellow signees Tre Campbell and Isaac Copeland, the Hoyas look to be in good shape going forward.