Salesian HS star Jabari Bird, who is signed to play for Cal next season, is among a record three Bay Area players who were named to the McDonald’s All-America Game.
Bird will be joined in the April 3 event in Chicago by Aaron Gordon of Mitty-San Jose and Marcus Lee of Deer Valley-Antioch. Gordon is unsigned and Lee is headed to play next season at Kentucky.
Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard, is rated as the nation’s No. 19 overall prospect, according to ESPN. He led Salesian to the 2012 CIF Division IV state title last season.
He will become the fifth player to come to Cal after playing in the McDonald’s game, joining Jason Kidd (1992), Jelani Gardner (1984), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1995) and Leon Powe (2003).
Matt Beeuwsaert (1984), who began his career at Notre Dame, finished up at Cal.
This marks the first time in the history of the McDonald’s game, dating back to 1978, that the Bay Area will be represented by more than one player. Only six local players have participated in previous years.