Harrison Ingram of St. Mark’s is lone Dallas-area player named a McDonald’s All-American
St. Mark’s five-star forward Harrison Ingram played only seven games as a senior because of COVID-19 issues at his school.
But the No. 1 recruit in the Dallas area ended his spectacular high school career by earning an honor that places him alongside the likes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Ingram is now a McDonald’s All-American, just like those basketball legends.
Ingram was the only player from the Dallas area who was named an All-American on Tuesday, and he was among 24 boys who were selected nationwide. Ingram, a 6-7 Stanford signee, is rated the second-best player in Texas and the 12th-best recruit in the nation in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports.
No D-FW girls players were selected for the first time since 2013. The McDonald’s All-American basketball games have been canceled for the second straight year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the All-Americans will be recognized in a virtual celebration, and there will be a one-hour special on ESPN on April 3.
There were four players from Texas selected — Texas signees Rori Harmon and Kyndall Hunter from Cypress Creek on the girls side and Ingram and Kentucky signee Daimion Collins from Atlanta on the boys side. Cypress Creek is the state’s top-ranked Class 6A girls team, just ahead of DeSoto and defending 6A state champion Duncanville.
The long list of boys McDonald’s All-Americans from the Dallas area over the years includes current NBA players Tyrese Maxey (from South Garland), Terrance Ferguson (from API), Myles Turner (from Euless Trinity), Julius Randle (from Plano Prestonwood), Marcus Smart (from Flower Mound Marcus) and LaMarcus Aldridge (from Seagoville). Two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh (an 11-time All-Star) from Lincoln was named an All-American in 2002, and two-time All-Star Larry Johnson (the No. 1 pick in the 1991 NBA draft) from Skyline was selected as an All-American in 1987.
St. Mark’s had to go into quarantine three times this season and played only 10 games, finishing 8-2. Ingram averaged 22.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.4 rebounds in his seven games, but he was denied the chance to play past the regular season because the Southwest Preparatory Conference canceled its postseason tournament due to the pandemic.
Two Dallas-area girls — Baylor signee Hannah Gusters of Irving MacArthur and North Carolina signee Deja Kelly of Class 6A state champion Duncanville — were selected as McDonald’s All-Americans last year, but no local boys were chosen.
There were 36 players from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and more than 700 players nationwide who were nominated to be All-Americans this year.
2020: Hannah Gusters, Irving MacArthur; Deja Kelly, Duncanville
2019: Jaden Owens, Plano West; Nyah Green, Allen; Jordyn Oliver, Prosper
2018: Zarielle Green, Duncanville; Madison Williams, Fort Worth Trinity Valley
2017: Jade Williams, The Colony; Chennedy Carter, Mansfield Timberview
2016: Lauren Cox, Flower Mound; Natalie Chou, Plano West; Joyner Holmes, Cedar Hill; Ciera Johnson, Duncanville
2015: Ashley Hearn, Sachse
2014: Ariel Atkins, Duncanville
2012: Moriah Jefferson, THESA; Alexis Jones, Irving MacArthur; Jordan Jones, DeSoto
2010: Tiffany Moore, Frisco; Odyssey Sims, Irving MacArthur
2008: Destini Hughes, Kennedale; Brooklyn Pope, Fort Worth Dunbar
2006: Allison Hightower, Arlington Seguin; Brittaney Raven, North Crowley
2003: Tiffani Jackson, Duncanville
2002: Erin Grant, Mansfield
2021: Harrison Ingram, St. Mark’s
2019: Tyrese Maxey, South Garland; Samuell Williamson, Rockwall
2016: Marques Bolden, DeSoto; Terrance Ferguson, API; Andrew Jones, Irving MacArthur
2015: Jawun Evans, Kimball
2014: Emmanuel Mudiay, Prime Prep; Myles Turner, Euless Trinity
2013: Keith Frazier, Kimball; Matt Jones, DeSoto; Julius Randle, Plano Prestonwood
2012: Isaiah Austin, Arlington Grace Prep; Marcus Smart, Flower Mound Marcus
2011: Le’Bryan Nash, Lincoln
2010: Perry Jones, Duncanville
2008: Willie Warren, North Crowley
2006: Darrell Arthur, South Oak Cliff
2005: Byron Eaton, Lincoln; Calvin Miles, Skyline
2004: LaMarcus Aldridge, Seagoville
2002: Chris Bosh, Lincoln; Daniel Horton, Cedar Hill; Bracey Wright, The Colony
2000: Brian Boddicker, Duncanville
1996: Glendon Alexander, Carrollton Newman Smith
1991: Jimmy King, Plano East
1987: Larry Johnson, Skyline
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