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McDonald's All-Americans 2012: Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett Selected

The Arizona Wildcats have perhaps the top recruiting class in the country, and they're going to be able to showcase these talents on a national stage before they head to Tucson. The McDonald's All-American Rosters were announced today, and two of the members of that class will be participants on that squad.

Brandon Ashley is perhaps the best big man in the 2012 recruiting class, and Jerrett is among the top forwards as well. Arizona hoops has to be happy with the players they're getting and they'll get a chance to see them on ESPN the night of March 28th at the United Center. Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen reports.

For what it’s worth, they will give Arizona a McDonald’s All-American on the roster for the first time since 2008-09, when Chase Budinger was a junior.

Does it matter? Consider that since 1979, only one team has won the national championship without having a McDonald’s All-American on its roster. That was Maryland in 2002. McDonald’s has sponsored an All-American team since 1977.

If you're wondering why Kaleb Tarczewski wasn't on the squad, it's because he's a fifth-year high school player, and such players are ineligible to compete in these All-star contests.

To discuss Ashley, Jerrett and Arizona basketball recruiting, hit up Arizona Desert Swarm.