Bishop Gorman 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman and teammate Chase Jeter joined Findlay Prep guard Allonzo Trier at a local McDonald’s restaurant on Tuesday afternoon for what was billed as a send-off for next week’s prestigious McDonald’s All American Game.
The trio posed for pictures with — who else? — Ronald McDonald, feasted on Chicken McNuggets, french fries and milk shakes along with coaches, teammates and family members.
With TV stations and a half-dozen reporters on hand, could this be the time that Zimmerman made his long-awaited college announcement?
“It’s a hard decision,” Zimmerman said. “I’m still talking to my parents and stuff about it and my friends.”
Zimmerman, who has narrowed his list of potential colleges to UNLV, Arizona, UCLA, Kansas and Kentucky, said he had no time frame for announcing his future college but hinted it could come after a series of all-star games that also includes the Nike Hoops Summit on April 11 in Portland and the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Most likely some people are going to commit at McDonald’s and the Jordan game and stuff, so that might help out a little bit,” he said.
See more of what Zimmerman had to say in the VIDEO below:
The 6-foot-11 Jeter has already signed with Duke while the 6-foot-4 Trier, one of the nation’s top shooting guard prospects, inked with Arizona.
The trio leave Saturday morning for Chicago to begin practice for the 38th annual McDonald’s All American Game which will be held on April 1 at the United Center at 6 p.m. PT and broadcast live on ESPN.
Check out what each player had to say about being picked for the McDonald’s game in the VIDEO below:
Zimmerman was asked if UNLV would have been eliminated from his list of schools if head coach Dave Rice, rumored to be on a very hot seat last week before athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy issued a statement saying he would return for the 2015-16 season, had been fired.
“I don’t really know how to answer that,” Zimmerman said with a smile. “It might (have) if they got a coach I really didn’t like. I don’t think I dislike any coaches but if anything came up it could have. But (Rice) was given another year so that’s good.”
Check out highlights of the 24 players selected to play in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game in the VIDEO below: