Judge Named McDonald's All-American

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State men’s basketball signee Wally Judge was recently selected to participate in the 32nd annual McDonald’s All-American High School Boys Basketball Game, which is set for April 1 at BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla.  The game will tip at 7 p.m. CT and air live on ESPN.


Considered one of the top power forwards in the high school ranks, Judge was one of 24 high school players selected to the McDonald’s All-American squad on Feb. 18.  He was named to the team by a select group of prominent high school coaches, prep scouts and media from across the country, including legendary high school coach Morgan Wooten of DeMatha Catholic High School and former UCLA mentor John Wooden.  Judge will compete as a member of the West squad, along with fellow Big 12 signees Avery Bradley (Texas), Keith Gallon (Oklahoma) and Tommy Mason-Griffin (Oklahoma).


Judge is the fourth signee in school history to be named a McDonald’s All-American, following Tom Freeman (1977; Lynwood, Calif.), Deryl Cunningham (1991; Chicago, Ill.) and Michael Beasley (2007; Washington, D.C.).  Freeman, who was named to the first McDonald’s team in 1977, was the first to start his career at Kansas State, while Cunningham transferred after a one-year stint at DePaul.  Beasley became a consensus first team All-American in his lone season in 2007-08, posting one of the greatest seasons ever by a college freshman before being drafted as the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.


A 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward originally from Washington, D.C., Judge is nearing the end of his second year at Florida powerhouse Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville.  He has led the Apaches to a 21-7 overall record so far in 2008-09 and helped them advance to the regional championship where they will meet rival Providence for the right to advance to the semifinals of the state tournament.  He is averaging 20.1 points and 17.8 rebounds per game and has totaled a double-double in 27 of the team’s 28 contests.  He scored a season-high 29 points against University Christian on Dec. 8, while he grabbed a season-best 22 rebounds against Orlando Olympia on Dec. 22.


Judge led Arlington Country Day to its fourth consecutive Class 2A state title with a 24-6 overall record in 2007-08.  As a junior, he averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Apaches despite playing just half the season after transferring from Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md.  Judge was named second team Class 2A All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association.       


Judge is rated as a top 25 recruit by a number of recruiting services, including the No. 17 prospect by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 23 prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com.  He was also rated as an ESPNU Top 100 recruit.  In addition, he is ranked among the top-10 at his position, including No. 6 by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 9 by Rivals.com.


Judge is apart of a stellar four-man recruiting class, which includes Jordan Henriquez (Winchendon [Mass.] School/Port Chester, N.Y.), Rodney McGruder (Arlington (Fla.) Country Day/Washington, D.C.) and Nick Russell (Grace Preparatory Academy/Arlington, Texas).