The 2022 McDonald’s All-Americans have been revealed. Which Kentucky recruits made it?

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The latest group of McDonald’s All-Americans has been announced, and this will be yet another year that features multiple honorees from Kentucky’s basketball recruiting class.

Selections for the 2022 McDonald’s Game were revealed Tuesday afternoon on ESPN, with two UK men’s recruits making the roster for this year’s game. No UK women’s recruits were selected.

Kentucky signees Chris Livingston and Cason Wallace were both picked for the game. The Wildcats’ other class of 2022 signee — point guard Skyy Clark — was not on the final roster.

The McDonald’s Games — set for March 29 — will return to Chicago for the first time in five years and will be played for the first time in three years. The games were played in Chicago from 2011-17 before moving to Atlanta in 2018 and 2019. There were no McDonald’s Games the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though roster selections were still made.

Game organizers have said that they expect the 2022 event to be played, and they are monitoring the current state of the pandemic and remain in consultation with medical experts.

The girls’ game is scheduled to be shown at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN on March 29, with the boys’ game to follow at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

Livingston — a 6-foot-6 wing from Akron, Ohio — transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Va.) for his senior season and has been playing a national schedule for the perennial high school powerhouse. He is the No. 9 player in the 2022 class, according to the 247Sports rankings that were updated last week.

Wallace — a 6-4 combo guard from Richardson, Texas — has been enjoying a stellar senior campaign, and his Richardson High team is ranked No. 2 nationally by ESPN after making it to the Texas state semifinals last season. Wallace is the No. 6 player in the new 247Sports rankings.

Clark — a 6-3 point guard from Los Angeles — is a senior at defending national champion Montverde (Fla.) Academy, though he didn’t make his season debut until this month after suffering a torn ACL at the beginning of the summer. Clark — the No. 26 player in the 247Sports rankings — made a remarkable recovery from July knee surgery to get back onto the court in less than six months, but he was not selected for this year’s McDonald’s Game.

This year’s McDonald’s All-American additions give Kentucky a total of 40 selections since John Calipari took over the program in 2009, the most of any school during that time. This is also the 11th time in 14 recruiting classes at UK that Calipari will have multiple selections in the same year.

Duke now has a total of 39 McDonald’s All-Americans since Calipari has been the head coach at Kentucky, and the Blue Devils and Kansas led the way this year with three selections. This was the ninth straight year that Duke has had at least three recruits picked for the McDonald’s Game.

Former UK target Dereck Lively II is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the 2022 class — following Shaedon Sharpe’s early enrollment at Kentucky and reclassification into the 2021 rankings — and Lively leads a group of Duke McDonald’s All-Americans that also includes top-five prospect Dariq Whitehead, as well as top-15 player Mark Mitchell. The Blue Devils have also signed top-five recruit Kyle Filipowski, who was not eligible for the McDonald’s Game.

UK, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and UCLA all have two players in this year’s game.

The only uncommitted player among the 24 selections for the boys’ game is Anthony Black, who is not being recruited by Kentucky.

McDonald’s All-American boys’ roster

Amari Bailey (UCLA), Anthony Black (uncommitted), Adem Bona (UCLA), Jaden Bradley (Alabama), Gradey Dick (Kansas), Keyonte George (Baylor), Dereck Lively II (Duke), Chris Livingston (Kentucky), Brandon Miller (Alabama), Dillon Mitchell (Texas), Mark Mitchell (Duke), Arterio Morris (Texas), Julian Phillips (LSU), MJ Rice (Kansas), Nick Smith Jr. (Arkansas), JJ Starling (Notre Dame), Ernest Udeh Jr. (Kansas), Jarace Walker (Houston), Cason Wallace (Kentucky), Jordan Walsh (Arkansas), Kel’el Ware (Oregon), Dariq Whitehead (Duke), Cam Whitmore (Villanova), Kijani Wright (Southern Cal).

No UK women’s recruits

The Kentucky women’s program has two commitments in the ESPN Top 100 national rankings: Texas post player Tionna Herron at No. 69 overall, and Anderson County guard Amiya Jenkins at No. 94 overall. UK has also signed four-star Missouri point guard Saniah Tyler, and all three Wildcats recruits were nominated for the McDonald’s Game, though none made the final roster.

There were also no women’s recruits from Louisville’s 2022 class selected for the game, and no Kentucky high school players made the list. Jenkins is the only in-state player in the ESPN Top 100.

The No. 1-ranked women’s recruit in the 2022 class is 6-7 post player Lauren Betts, who is heading to Stanford next season.

McDonald’s All-American girls’ roster

Lauren Betts (Stanford), Kiki Rice (UCLA), Janiah Barker (Georgia), Ayanna Patterson (UConn), Isuneh Brady (UConn), Timea Gardiner (Oregon State), Chance Gray (Oregon), Aaliyah Gayles (Southern Cal), Maya Nnaji (Arizona), Raegan Beers (Oregon State), Justine Pissott (Tennessee), Ashlyn Watkins (South Carolina), Grace VanSlooten (Oregon), Ta’Niya Latson (Florida State), Ruby Whitehorn (Clemson), Ashlon Jackson (Duke), Darianna Littlepage-Buggs (Baylor), Talaysia Cooper (South Carolina), Gabriela Jaquez (UCLA), Indya Nivar (Stanford), Paris Clark (Arizona), Kyla Oldacre (Miami), Flau’jae Johnson (LSU) , KK Bransford (Notre Dame).

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