The 2024 McDonald’s All American game rosters have been announced and 16 of the 24 participants are currently projected to be one and done first rounders on my 2025 mock draft. And the other 8 players look like future NBA prospects as well.
Even though these are just All Star games with minimal defense the practices and the game itself often provide a showcase for one or two of the prospects to clearly standout from the rest. It’s easy to guess who that’ll be this year: Cooper Flagg and Ace Bailey. But I expect at least one other player (Maybe Bethea, or Harper or Edgecombe) to put himself into that top 3 discussion.
The 2025 mock lost a few talented players in recent updates, as I moved Johnny Furphy, Kyshawn George and Jared McCain to the 2024 mock. Ulrich Chomche, a talented big man from Cameroon, could be the next to be moved to 2024. Nevertheless, the 2025 draft class still looks incredibly strong with elite talents at the top and a ton of potential depth.
The 2025 NBA Draft continues to look more and more impressive. Yes, there’s a long ways to go but it’s already clear that there are a number of elite talents in this class.
Ace Bailey has been taking his game to a new level and grown into a truly elite prospect. He would probably go no.1 overall this year, if he were eligible, and could give Cooper Flagg a run for the top spot next year. The 6-9 does it all on the court and has the type of size and athleticism on the wing that NBA stars are made of. Between him and Dylan Harper Rutgers is going to be the most interesting and exciting team in the country next year.
The 2025 draft class also got the addition of 7-2 South Sudan PF/C Khamen Maluach, who classed up to join the 2024 recruiting class. He’s getting a lot of attention from Duke, Kentuck, UCLA, Kansas and Baylor. He’s one of the most intriguing prospects outside of the NBA right now, with his massive reach, good athleticism, 3pt shooting ability and solid feel for the game for a young 7-footer.
Dink Pate is back on the court after missing a bunch of time with a foot injury. The 6-8 point guard won’t get much playing time for the Ignite this year but should take over the starting point guard role next year and show why he’s considered by some (me included) as an elite prospect.
Elite shooting guard VJ Edgecombe has cut his list of schools to 3: Baylor, Duke and Kentucky. The 6-5 high-flyer from the Bahamas (and now New York) looks like a one-and-done lottery pick.
Huge news for Rutgers basketball as the Scarlet Knights land 5-star guard Dylan Harper (as has long been expected), giving them two of the top five recruits in the country.
Harper is one of the most polished and complete guard prospects you’ll ever see. He’s a sturdy 6-5 player with great strength and off-the-charts basketball IQ. He’s more of a below the rim type of player but is a crafty finisher around the basket and is a deadly mid range and deep range shooter. He joins Ace Bailey, a 6-9 freak athlete of a forward to form the most exciting recruiting class in the country.
It’s been a big week for news and updates regarding the 2025 NBA Draft. The biggest news came on Friday when Cooper Flagg announcement that he is reclassifying to join the 2024 recruiting class, making him eligible for the 2025 NBA Draft. This news has been expected for a while and now that it’s official he’s the heavy favorite to be selected no.1 overall in 2025. Flagg is now entering his senior year at Montverde and his recruitment remains open, with Duke seemingly in the lead.
Then on Saturday the top center in the incoming senior class, Flory Bidunga, announced his commitment to Kansas. Flory is an ideal fit for Bill Self and the Jayhawks, fitting the mold of the type of big man they like to mold and develop. The difference here is that Bidunga has much more upside than past Jayhawks bigs, outside of Joel Embiid. After coming to the States from the Congo Bidunga has quickly emerged as an elite prospect thanks to his unique physical gifts and all-out effort on the court. He reminds me a bit of Antonio McDyess with some Bam Adebayo mixed in.
Rutgers signee Ace Bailey has continued to shine this summer and is all the way up to no.2 overall in my latest 2025 mock, just after Cooper Flagg. Bailey is a 6-10 wing with awesome athleticism and shot-making ability. He just keeps getting better and better and the sky seems to be the limit for him. I’d be shocked if he’s not a one and done lottery pick.
Australian big man Rocco Zikarsky is also continuing to raise his stock. The 7-3 center is becoming a dominant force inside, anchoring the defense and protecting the rim on one end and dunking everyone around the rim on the other. At this point I see him as a potential mid first rounder. He’ll have to prove to be mobile enough to guard in space but the 17yo has already show plenty of upside to warrant a mid first round projection.
Jahlil Bethea has been another hot name this spring and summer. The 6-4 scoring guard from Pennsylvania is looking like one of the top bucket-getters in the class. He’s super smooth with the ball and gets it done from 3 levels. He’s got enough size and athleticism for the NBA level and is already looking like a pro-level scorer. He looks like a future first rounder to me.