AUSTIN (KXAN) — St. Stephen’s center Jarrett Allen received his McDonald’s All-American jersey Wednesday afternoon in a short ceremony in front of his classmates.
“It feels surreal,” Allen said. “I never thought I’d be in this position. As a kid, I watched the game, but I never knew it’d be something I can do.”
The rosters for the game, which is March 30 in Chicago, were announced on January 17. 24 boys and 24 girls were selected from around the country.
“Just to be picked as one of the top 24 kids in the nation for that year, it is an awesome feat for him,” Leonard Allen, Jarrett’s father, said. “It hasn’t just quite hit me.”
Allen is just the third boy’s basketball player from the Austin area to earn McDonald’s All-American honors, joining Brad Buckman and Kris Clack.
In September, Allen, who is a consensus five-star center, announced his final eight schools for where he will play in college. Texas, along with Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Houston all made the cut.
“It means a lot that people see me as the best,” Allen said. “I don’t think I’ve reached that potential, yet, but it feels good that people believe in me like that.”
This weekend, Allen and the Spartans will be playing for their second straight Southwest Preparatory Conference state championship in Houston.