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Tracker: Candidates fill McDonalds' roster

Updated: February 16, 2010, 12:58 PM ET
By Ronnie Flores | ESPNRISE.com

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Mr. Basketball USA front-runners Harrison Barnes and Jared Sullinger headline the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game rosters for the March 31 contest.

This year's game will take place at the Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University in Sullinger's hometown. The 33rd annual McDonald's game will be televised on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

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Reebok Memphis recruit Joe Jackson (pictured) and Duke recruit Kyrie Irving could form a potentially devastating point guard combination for the East squad.

"It's going to be special for me and my family," Sullinger said Thursday during an interview on the 2010 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Games Selection Show on ESPNU.

Sullinger, who plays at ESPN RISE FAB 50 No. 1 Northland (Columbus, Ohio), leads the West team frontcourt. The nation's top unsigned prospect, Brandon Knight of Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), is the headliner in the West backcourt. Barnes, from Ames (Ames, Iowa), leads a contingent of three North Carolina recruits on the East team that are immediately expected to help the Tar Heels return to championship form.

The state of California, which leads all states in most all-time McDonald's All-Americans, was shut out for the first time in the 33-year history of the game. Even in 1977, when the first 15-player McDonald's All-American team was named and played together as a unit at the McDonald's Capital Classic, Tom Freeman of Lynwood (Lynwood, Calif.) -- who went on to play at Kansas State -- represented the Golden State.

The McDonald's Game, and more importantly the practices, is utilized as part of the ESPN RISE Mr. Basketball USA and All-American team selection process. Many All-American teams are chosen before the completion of the season, but the ESPN RISE All-American team is chosen after the conclusion of the various state tournaments across the country and the McDonald's festivities.

That timing gives the Mr. Basketball USA Selection Committee one last chance to evaluate the credentials of the nation's best players against their peers.

Often times, that final evaluation is the difference between players landing on the All-American first or second team. This year, it might even be a major factor in deciding Mr. Basketball USA, the national player of the year.

Read below for the complete 2010 McDonald's rosters and to see the voting results of the eighth 2009-10 ESPN RISE Mr. Basketball Tracker.

WEST TEAM -- Keith Appling (Pershing, Detroit, Mich.); Harrison Barnes (Ames, Ames, Iowa); Terrence Jones (Jefferson, Portland, Ore.); Cory Joseph (Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nev.); Brandon Knight (Pine Crest, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); Doron Lamb (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson ,Va.); Ray McCallum (Detroit Country Day, Birmingham, Mich.); Fabricio Melo (The Sagemont School, Weston, Fla.); Jamere Richmond (Waukegan, Waukegan, Ill.); Josh Smith (Kentwood, Kent, Wash.); Tristan Thompson (Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nev.); Patric Young (Providence School, Jacksonville, Fla.).

EAST TEAM -- Reggie Bullock (Kinston, N.C.); Tobias Harris (Half Hollow Hills West, Dix Hills, N.Y.); Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick, Elizabeth, N. J.); Joe Jackson (White Station, Memphis, Tenn.); Perry Jones (Duncanville, Texas); Jelan Kendrick (Wheeler, Marietta, Ga.); C.J. Leslie (Word of God Academy, Raleigh, N.C.); Kendall Marshall (Bishop O'Connell, Arlington, Va.); Jayvaughn Pinkston (Bishop Loughlin, Brownsville, N.Y.); Josh Selby (Lake Clifton, Baltimore, Md.); Jared Sullinger (Northland, Columbus, Ohio); Deshaun Thomas (Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne, Ind.).

Click here to check out the high school games on TV this season.

ESPN RISE Mr. Basketball USA Tracker
Rank Prev. Name Pos High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 1 Harrison Barnes (9) W Ames 5 3 1 0 0 85
2 2 Jared Sullinger (9) PF Northland 4 2 0 3 0 79
3 4 Kyrie Irving (8) PG St. Patrick 0 1 3 2 2 59
4 3 Brandon Knight (7) PG Pine Crest 1 1 2 2 1 55
5 5 Cory Joseph (6) PG Findlay Prep 0 0 1 1 2 36
6 NR Austin Rivers (5) SG Winter Park 0 0 0 1 1 28
7 7 Terrence Jones (4) W Jefferson 0 1 0 0 1 24

Others Receiving Votes:
Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick, Elizabeth, N.J.) 21 pts. (4)
Quincy Miller (Quality Education, Winston-Salem, N. C.) 18 pts. (2)
Deshaun Thomas (Bishop Luers, Ft. Wayne, Ind.) 17 pts. (3)
Tobias Harris (Half Hollow Hills West, Dix Hills, N.Y.) 16 pts. (3)
Joe Jackson (White Station, Memphis, Tenn.) 13 pts. (3)
Timmy Knipp (Eliott County, Sandy Hook, Ky.) 8 pts. (1)
Tristan Thompson (Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nev.) 7 pts. (1)
Reggie Bullock (Kinston, N.C.) 6 pts. (1)
Ian Miller (United Faith Christian Academy, Charlotte, N.C.) 6 pts. (1)
Bradley Beal (Chaminade, St. Louis, Mo.) 4 pts. (1)
Perry Jones (Duncanville, Texas) 4 pts. (1)
Myck Kabongo (St. Benedict's Prep, Newark, N.J.) 4 pts. (1)