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Zeller will be a McDonald’s All-American

Cody Zeller will be the 23rd McDonald’s All-American to attend Indiana.

The 6-foot-11 center from Washington is expected to be named to the team later today (official announcement at 5 on ESPNU), according to the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling.

He’s the first Burger Boy since Eric Gordon in 2007 and the fifth Hoosier since 2000.

Tyler and Luke Zeller were also McDonald’s All-Americans and it appears they may be the first trio of brothers to be named to the game.

The game will be in Chicago on March 30. Here’s a link for ticket info.

UPDATE: Broadcast seems to be 5 p.m, not 5:30.

There are three Indiana high school players in the McDonald’s game this year, with Gary Wallace’s Branden Dawson (Michigan State) and Pike’s Marquis Teague (Kentucky) joining Zeller. All are playing for the West team, coached by the legendary Gene Pingatore of Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph’s, who coached Isiah Thomas of IU’s 1981 NCAA title team and Daryl Thomas of IU’s 1987 national champs. Daryl Thomas is currently on Pingatore’s staff and will help coach in the McDonald’s game.

The full 2011 McDonald’s All-American rosters are:

2011 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team
Boys Alphabetical Roster
EAST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Brad Beal G 6-5 Chaminade College Prep, MO (St. Louis, MO) Florida
Chane Behanan F 6-7 Bowling Green, KY (Bowling Green, KY) Louisville
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G 6-5 Greenville, GA (Greenville, GA) Georgia
Michael Carter-Williams G 6-5 St. Andrew’s, RI (Barrington, RI) Syracuse
Rakeem Christmas F 6-10 Academy of the New Church, PA (Bryn Athyn, PA) Syracuse
Quinn Cook G 6-0 Oak Hill Academy, VA (Mouth of Wilson, VA) Duke
Michael Gilchrist F 6-7 St. Patrick, NJ (Elizabeth, NJ) Kentucky
P.J. Hairston G/F 6-6 Hargrave Military Academy, VA (Chatham, VA) North Carolina
James McAdoo F 6-8 Norfolk Christian, VA (Norfolk, VA) North Carolina
Johnny O’Bryant III C 6-10 Eastside, MS (Cleveland, MS) LSU
Marshall Plumlee F/C 6-10 Christ School, NC (Arden, NC) Duke
Shannon Scott G 6-2 Milton, GA (Alpharetta, GA) Ohio State

Head Coach: Bob Cimino, Mt. Vernon, NY (Mt. Vernon High School)
Asst. Coach: Brian Pritchett, Mt. Vernon, NY (Mt. Vernon High School)

WEST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Khem Birch F/C 6-9 Notre Dame Prep, MA (Fitchburg, MA) Pittsburgh
Wayne Blackshear G/F 6-5 Morgan Park, IL (Chicago, IL) Louisville
Anthony Davis F/C 6-9 Perspectives Charter, IL (Chicago, IL) Kentucky
Branden Dawson G/F 6-5 Lew Wallace, IN (Gary, IN) Michigan State
Myck Kabongo G 6-1 Findlay Prep, NV (Henderson, NV) Texas
LeBryan Nash F 6-7 Lincoln, TX (Dallas, TX) Oklahoma State
Austin Rivers G 6-3 Winter Park, FL (Winter Park, FL) Duke
Marquis Teague G 6-1 Pike, IN (Indianapolis, IN) Kentucky
Adonis Thomas G/F 6-7 Melrose, TN (Memphis, TN) Memphis
Amir Williams C 6-10 Detroit Country Day, MI (Beverly Hills, MI) Ohio State
Kyle Wiltjer F 6-10 Jesuit, OR (Portland, OR) Kentucky
Cody Zeller F 6-10 Washington, IN (Washington, IN) Indiana

Head Coach: Gene Pingatore, Westchester, IL. (St. Joseph High School)
Asst. Coach: Bill Riley, Westchester, IL. (St. Joseph High School)
Asst. Coach: Daryl Thomas, Westchester, IL. (St. Joseph High School)


What is happening here? (or a 4th Indiana assistant coach hired by another school)

Brent Pease. Corey Raymond. Jerry Montgomery.

Now Jemal Singleton, it seems.

Oklahoma State has hired Singleton in an unknown capacity, the Oklahoman is reporting.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to work at Oklahoma State and with Coach Gundy,” Singleton said. “It’s a phenomenal program. It’s a school I knew a lot about while growing up in Texas and I’m excited to now be a Cowboy myself.”

Singleton was hired last week by Indiana to coach the running backs. He’s the fourth assistant coach to leave the program shortly after accepting the position.

All have gone on to more established programs — Pease back to Boise State, Raymond to Nebraska, Montgomery to Michigan and now Singleton to Oklahoma State.

UPDATE, 2:54 p.m. Dustin Dopirak here. Indiana is confirming that Singleton has resigned his position and Oklahoma State has a release up here. My first attempt to contact Singleton resulted in me leaving a voice mail. We’ll keep you updated.


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