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McDonald’s All-American Game primer for UNC fans

The annual all-star game features some familiar names for UNC fans

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In all the excitement of the NCAA tournament, the McDonald’s All-American game has snuck up on us. Festivities surrounding the annual all-star event have been taking place all week, including a dunk contest and 3-point competition. The actual game will air tonight (March 27th) at 7PM ET on ESPN2.

UNC fans will be familiar with multiple participants. One McDonald’s All-American, Armando Bacot, signed with the Heels over the winter. He’ll suit up for the East, where he’ll be joined by guard Cole Anthony and forward Precious Achiuwa. Anthony and Achiuwa visited Chapel Hill for UNC’s Senior Night victory over Duke and are expected to make their announcements in the coming weeks.

Both players have given rare interviews during the week’s events. Corey Evans of Rivals recently caught up with Precious, who has taken official visits to Kansas and UNC. 247 Sports’ Evan Daniels talked with Cole Anthony, who broke down his top-5 schools.

The West also has current UNC target Matthew Hurt and former UNC targets Josh Green (Arizona) and Tre Mann (Florida). Hurt recently announced his decision date of April 19th.

Earlier this week, Cole Anthony displayed some improved shooting when he won the 3-point contest.

Not to be outdone, Precious Achiuwa impressed in the dunk contest.

Bacot will likely continue to use this time trying to get both players to come to UNC in the fall.

This is the second consecutive year that North Carolina has had at least one commit selected as a McDonald’s All-American. Last season both Coby White and Nassir Little represented for the Heels, with Little taking home MVP honors. If Achiuwa or Hurt and Anthony were to commit to North Carolina, it would be the first time since 2014 that three McD’s All-Americans chose to play for UNC. That 2014 class consisted of Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, and Justin Jackson.

Full details of tonight’s game can be found here.

Check back tomorrow for a brief recap of the game and our weekly recruiting round-up.