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Five Holiday Invitational players selected to McDonald's All-American Game

Posted January 29, 2014

Joel Berry (11) jumps to shoot for Lake Highland. HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School, Raleigh N.C. held on December 28, 2013. The final game of the tournament included finalists Lake Highland and Kinston. Finishing off the day, Lake Highland beats Kinston with a final score of 74 – 54. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor)

Rosters for the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game were released on Wednesday evening, and five Holiday Invitational alums are included on the teams.

Joel Berry, Devin Booker and Justin Jackson played in the Holiday Invitational this season, while Theo Pinson and Karl Towns played in the event in previous years.

Berry, Jackson and Pinson are all University of North Carolina recruits.

At 6-foot and 185 pounds, Berry will arrive at UNC from Lake Highland Prep (Fla.). According to, Berry is a 5-star player and the No. 3 rated point guard in the Class of 2014. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the Holiday Invitational.

Jackson also had a huge tournament this season. The 5-star small forward came up just shy of the all-time scoring record in the tournament, held by former UNC star Donald Williams.

Playing for the Homeschool Christian Youth Association (Texas), Jackson stands at 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds. ranks Jackson as the No. 1 small forward in his class and earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the Holiday Invitational.

Pinson played in the 2011 Holiday Invitational with his Wesleyan Christian Academy team. An all-tournament selection that season, Pinson is a 5-star player and the No. 4 small forward in his class.

Pinson stands at 6-foot-6 and 190 pounds.

Booker and Towns are both Kentucky recruits. Both players were all-tournament team selections – Booker in 2013, Towns in 2012.

At 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds, Booker led his Moss Point (Miss.) team in scoring each game, finishing four points shy of the all-time scoring record in the tournament. He stands at 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds, and is a 5-star player according to The website ranks him the third best shooting guard in the Class of 2014.

Towns is ranked the No. 6 player in the class and the No. 3 center at 6-foot-11 and 235 pounds.

In 2012, Towns led his St. Joseph (N.J.) team to the Holiday Invitational. According to, Towns is a 5-star player.

Four Duke players were also selected to the McDonald's All-American Game. Grayson Allen, Tyrus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, and Justise Winslow are all Duke recruits.

The McDonald's All-American Game will be held on Apr. 2 in Chicago.

Here are the full rosters for the all-star game:

East Team

Cliff Alexander, PF, Kansas
Myles Turner, C, Uncommitted
Tyus Jones, PG, Duke
Karl Towns, PF, Kentucky
James Blackmon, SG, Indiana
D'Angelo Russell, SG, Ohio State
Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina
Romelo Trimble, PG, Maryland
Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Seton Hall
Theo Pinson, SF, North Carolina
Justise Winslow, SF, Duke
Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA

West Team

Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke
Emmanuel Miday, PG, SMU
Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona
Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky
Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas
Rashad Vaughn, SG, Uncomitted
Joel Berry, PG, North Carolina
Reid Travis, PF, Stanford
Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky
Grayson Allen, SG, Duke
Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky
Thomas Welsh, C, UCLA


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