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BOZICH | With Harrisons Back, Will Kentucky Be Most Talented Team Ever? A Quiz

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Rick Bozich has a quiz about McDonald's all-Americans and college hoops. Rick Bozich has a quiz about McDonald's all-Americans and college hoops.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KY) -- Two days before the deadline for underclassmen to announce for the 2014 NBA Draft, the Harrison Twins decided there was no reason to wait. They're returning to a Kentucky roster now officially stuffed with nine McDonald's all-Americans. 

As I wrote earlier on Friday, I thought the Harrisons would -- and should -- stay. If four years of college worked for Grant Hill and Tim Duncan and two years served Magic Johnson well, I think Andrew and Aaron Harrison will help their games and their long-term NBA prospects with another year of college basketball.

Kentucky will be the fashionable pick to win the 2015 NCAA title in Indianapolis. Folks can pull out their 40-0 T-shirts. The countdown clocks to the first day of practice can begin.

But first, at the suggestion of my WDRB colleague Jason Riley, a basketball quiz. On Thursday, Jason asked me an intriguing question:

With the Harrisons back, will Kentucky have more McDonald’s all-Americans on a single roster than any college basketball team has ever had? The number is nine.

Excellent question. But not enough to fill an entire column. So I turned to my research department (me) and turned it into a five-part quiz.

Grab your No. 2 pencil. The first four questions are worth 15 points each. The last one is worth 40. Let’s go.

1.    Has any team ever had nine McDonald’s all-American on its roster?

According to my research, the answer is YES.

But only one – North Carolina, 1984.

That Tar Heel team had nine, although one guy – sophomore Curtis Hunter – missed the season with a knee injury.

Here are the eight that played: Sam Perkins, Matt Doherty, Michael Jordan, Buzz Peterson, Brad Daugherty, Kenny Smith, Dave Popson and Joe Wolf. Smith missed the final 14 games with a wrist injury, including Carolina’s 72-68 loss to Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

That's also known as the game when Dan Dakich, with critical help from Dean Smith, stopped Michael Jordan.

2.   What’s the Kentucky record for most McDonald’s all-Americans on one team?

Seven – three times, most recently this winter – the Harrison Twins, Julius Randle, James Young, Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress.

The other two teams were 1986 (Ed Davender; Cedric Jenkins; Richard Madison; Winston Bennett; James Blackmon; Roger Harden and Kenny Walker) and 1983 (Harden; Walker; Bret Bearup; Jim Master; Sam Bowie; who was injured; Dirk Minniefield and Derrick Hord). Both of those teams lost in regional finals.

3.   Will Kentucky be the most talented team in college basketball next season with the twins in the backcourt?

Yes. No. Maybe.

If you’re making the call strictly by counting McDonald’s all-Americans, there will be serious discussion. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is also stacking talent like planes lining up at O’Hare.

Even with the early-entry departures of Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, Duke’s roster should also have nine McDonald’s all-American’s next season:

Seniors Quinn Cook and Marshall Plumlee; juniors Rasheed Suliamon and Amile Jefferson; sophomore Matt Jones and freshmen Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, Jahlil Okafor and Grayson Allen.

4.   Which national championship team had the most McDonald’s all-Americans?

North Carolina, 2009.

The Tar Heels had eight – Bobby Frasor, Danny Green, Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington, Ty Lawson, Larry Drew, Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis.

5.   Oh. One final question. THE BIG ONE:

How many McDonald’s all-Americans did Connecticut have when the Huskies won the 2014 NCAA title three weeks ago?

Zero. None. Nada. Zip.

In fact, the Huskies have won four of the last 16 NCAA men’s basketball titles – and the combined rosters of those teams have featured four McDonald’s all-Americans.

That would be guard Kemba Walker three seasons ago, Taliek Brown in 2004 and Richard Hamilton and Khalid El-Amin in 1999.

GRADING SCALE

0-45: You’re spending too much time studying the release of the 2014 NFL schedule. Get to work.

46-60: Obviously, you didn’t grow up in Kentucky or Indiana.

61-85: You have access to the ESPN stats and research department.

100: You’re Colin Cowherd.

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