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Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian High School senior Demetrius Jackson, a 2013 PG signee for Notre Dame, was named a McDonald's All-American Thursday. The 36th annual all-star game is scheduled for April 3 at United Center in Chicago.
The 6-foot-1 Jackson, who is averaging 27.8 ppg and will be the 15th McDonalds All-American to play for the Fighting Irish, is the first such honoree from Northern Indiana in nearly 25 years. Elkhart's Shawn Kemp, who went on to fame with the Seattle Supersonics, was selected in 1988.
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Two recruits for the ND women's team also are McDonald's All-Americans according to a tweet from the team's sports info director:
Taya Reimer and Lindsay Allen.
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Big game Friday as Jackson faces off against Torres, i will be in attendance. Should be a good one
Irishrule, good for you.
Who was the last ND McD AA? Zeller?
Next year they should do UK vs. USA.... 4 on one team and 5 total...
Yes, Zeller was the last one in 2005. Jackson
Jackson will be the sixth McDonald's All-American to play for Brey at Notre Dame. Other than Zeller, Torin Francis (2002) and Chris Thomas (2001) also made the list. Former forward Ryan Humphrey (1997) played two years at Notre Dame after transferring from Oklahoma and Dan Miller, who was a MAA in 1998, played one season at Notre Dame (2003) after transferring from Maryland.
I think the McDonald's AA team began in 1977, and that year ND had three of the 25 named — Kelly Tripucka, Tracy Jackson and Gil Salinas.
It had three more named in 1980 — Joe Kleine (transferred to Arkansas), Tom Sluby and Barry Spencer.
The other three I believe Tim Kempton (1982), David Rivers (1984) and LaPhonso Eillis (1988).
We had a discussion about this on another forum a couple weeks ago and I will post a link to a great resource for McDonald's All-Americans per team broken down overall and by decade(s). Pretty interesting stuff.
High School Basketball Recruiting Stats
For those that do not want to click the link:
McDonald's All-Americans since 1977
Year Player RSCI City State High School
2005 Luke Zeller 34 Washington IN Washington
2002 Torin Francis 37 Tabor Academy MA Tabor Academy
2001 Chris Thomas 34 Indianapolis IN Pike
1997 Ryan Humphrey N/A Tulsa OK Booker T. Washington
1988 LaPhonso Ellis N/A East St. Louis IL Lincoln Senior
1986 Keith Robinson N/A Buffalo NY Grover Cleveland
1984 David Rivers N/A Jersey City NJ St. Anthony
1982 Tim Kempton N/A Oyster Bay NY St. Dominic
1982 Ken Barlow N/A Indianapolis IN Cathedral
1980 Tom Sluby N/A Washington DC Gonzaga
1980 Barry Spencer N/A Redford MI Catholic Central
1979 John Paxson N/A Kettering OH Bishop Alter
1979 Tim Andree N/A Birmingham MI Brother Rice
1977 Tracy Jackson N/A Burtsonville MD Paint Branch
We Are ND 76,
I distinctly remember in 1977 a two-page spread in Sports Illustrated which featured the MAA team with Kelly Tripucka and Gil Salinas also pictured with Jackson. I clipped it out because I thought it was amazing that three players out of the 25 were coming to Notre Dame.
I do remember Andree being the No. 4 ranked center in 1979 behind Sam Bowie, Ralph Sampson and Steve Stipanovich. I could swear Joe Kleine was on the 1980 team with Spencer and Sluby. I forgot about Keith Robinson. He was one of the three "Prop 48" recruits who arrived in 1986, along with QB Tony Rice and LB John Foley (the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year).
After looking it up, Joe Kleine was on that 1980 team — but apparently Tripucka and Salinas were not on 1977, Maybe it was another spread I'm thinking.
Anyway that 1980-81 Notre Dame team's starting lineup — or "top 6" had four McDonald's All-Americans with John Paxson at point guard, Jackson the shooting guard, and then either Kleine and Tim Andree alternating at center. Who were the other two starters? Tripucka and the late Orlando Woolridge — both of whom were 1st-round picks.
So when ND lost in round 2 of the NCAA Tournament on Danny Ainge's famous full-court drive in the final seconds, ND basketball under DIgger was never the same again. That marked the end of his first 10 years, and it's when people started getting tired of him because he didn't win it all. Tripicuka, Jackson and Woolridge were all seniors, and Kleine transferred to Arkansas (with his father, who did not like Digger and deplored the platooning of his son and Andree in the lineup). The next year ND went 10-17 — even though Paxson, Andree, Sluby and Spencer were all MAA. They lost back-to-back home games that December to Murray State and Northern Illinois. I remember it too well because it was my sophomore year.
Awful memories of that Danny Ainge dash to beat us,lol.
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There might have been other reasons why people were getting tired of him, as well.
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This is true, and I suspect that's why he hasn't had his name hoisted into the Ring of Honor yet. However, that honor will be forthcoming eventually — and should. He had a lot of memorable moments in that arena.
The question is which "Dig' will be up there first — Digger or Diggins.
I agree, Lou. While his career tailed off significantly, and he alienated more than a few during his tenure, he also brought a spark to the program, with a number of highlights worth honoring. As far as who gets there first, I don't know enough about the politics to answer, but I'll happily wager on this -- Skyler, if she chooses, will enjoy a much more successful career on ESPN, and that's only partly due to the fact that she's much better looking than Digger. She is an absolute natural in front of the microphone, and that's not ignoring the fact that Digger's no shrinking violet, either.
Congrats to DJ, Taya and Lindsay for being named McDonald's All Americans can't wait to see them play.
I have to say that I LOVE hearing Digger and Bobby Knight chatting it up with the headphones on. A couple of times I have heard them just sort of drift back to their glory years, jabbing at each other, dropping names, comparing teams. The game on the floor in front of them gets lost in the haze of their reminiscing. Great stuff. Oh to be the guy sitting there feeding them questions (and beers) about those days...
Paulora, before extending this digression from Demetrious Jackson even further I have to say that was great news for him, and great news for ND that he will be in an Irish uniform next year. Regarding Digger and Knight, first, I'll say I've always found Digger to be very entertaining behind the mike. As for Knight, unlike many here, I was never a fan of his antics, though I certainly respected his accomplishments. However, as an analyst, I find him to be superb. You know you're listening to someone who absolutely loves the game of basketball, and get the feeling he'd do it for free just because he enjoys it more than anything else he could possibly be doing.
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