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Arkansas MBB Signee Named to McDonald’s High School All America Team

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FAYETTEVILLE – For the second straight year, Arkansas will be represented at the McDonald’s All-American game as signee Baye Fall will play for the West team. The 2023 McDonald’s All-American game is set for March 28 (Tuesday) in Houston’s Toyota Center at 8 pm (CT) and will be televised on ESPN.

Fall, a 6-10 center from Denver’s Accelerated Schools, is listed as the #3 player at his position in the country and is a consensus top 20 player in the nation. He is currently projected by NBADraft.net as the #9 overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Fall becomes the 18th Razorback signee to be selected a McDonald’s All-American and the fourth at Arkansas under the direction of fourth-year head coach Eric Musselman. Prior to Musselman’s arrival, the most recent McDonald’s All-American was Bobby Portis in 2013 and Al Jefferson, who ended up being a first-round NBA draft pick out of high school, in 2004 before that.

Fall is averaging 16.3 points on 48.1 percent shooting from the field while making 82.5 percent of his free throws to go along with 8.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots.

This past summer, Fall was a standout at the prestigious National Basketball Players Association top 100 camp when he led the event in scoring with 14.9 points per game in seven games. He additionally had a camp-leading 9.4 rebounds per game including an event-leading 4.9 offensive rebounds per game. Fall was also co-MVP at the 2021 Pangos All-American Camp.

Razorback Signees Named McDonald’s All-Americans

Ricky Norton (1980)

Willie Cutts (1981)

Andrew Lang (1984)

Ron Huery (1986)

Todd Day (1988)

Lee Mayberry (1988)

Corliss Williamson (1992)

Darnell Robinson (1993)

Kareem Reid (1994)

Derek Hood (1995)

Glendon Alexander (1996)

Olu Famutini (2003)

Al Jefferson (2004)

Bobby Portis (2013)

Nick Smith Jr. (2022)

Jordan Walsh (2022)

Anthony Black (2022)

Baye Fall (2023)

Note: Joe Klein was a 1980 McDonald’s All-American that signed with Notre Dame before transferring to UA.

Note to Our Readers: The following story was sourced directly in its entirety from the University of Arkansas Office of Communications, Mike Cawood.

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