Three McDonald’s All-American Players Selected from MVA
For the first time in Montverde Academy history, three student-athletes on the Eagles varsity basketball team are among 24 notable senior players out of 900 nominees in the U.S. named to the 2020 McDonald's All-American Team. MVA Eagles Cade Cunningham, Day'Ron Sharpeand Scottie Barneswere honored and recognized with their official acceptance, presented by special guest, Eugene Lavon Banks, who was the very first McDonalds All American MVP in 1977. The 43rd McDonald’s All American Games will be played Wednesday, April 1, at the Toyota Center in Houston and televised on ESPN2 and ESPN.
Barnes, Cunningham and Sharpe have been significant leaders for the team, earning an undefeated 25-0 season for a solid hold on the No. 1 ranked program in the USA TODAY SUPER 25 and MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings. The MVA student-athletes received their official McDonalds All-American jerseys and will compete in the McDonalds All-American Games at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas on April 1. This year, MVA is the only team to have three athletes on the same roster that were named to the McDonalds All-American team.
Cade Cunningham is a stand-out leader for the Eagles. An Arlington, Texas native and Oklahoma State University commit, he is one of five players in contention for the 2020 Naismith High School Player of the Year award, currently the No. 1 ranked player on the USA TODAY Chosen 25 rankings and rated by 247Sports and Rivals as the best guard in the country. Cade has been called an “alpha dog” who has an innate ability to control the game with precision, pass to key teammates and score consistently make him a dominant force on the court.
Scott Barnes, from Wellington, Fla. and Florida State University commit, is ranked as the No. 2 small forward in the nation by 247Sports.com and considered a potential first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft by analysts. Barnes is also highly successful and an emotional leader with Cunningham on the court. His team mentality and strategic ball handling has blended seamless with the team. His play as part of the USA Basketball program helped Team USA win gold in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
Day'Ron Sharpe, from Greenville, North Carolina and a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill commit, is a five-star athlete and currently ranked the No.3 center in the senior class. An imposing 6’9” center, Sharpe is has also fit in well with the team, averaging nearly a double-double, and projected as a first-round 2021NBA draft pick.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for the program and we congratulate the student-athletes for achieving this success,” said Kevin Boyle, Head Coach. “They are great teammates and even greater individuals that have truly earned this recognition. We have some players that could potentially be picked in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft to go on and compete with MVA alumni already playing in the NBA."
With their No. 1 national ranking, the Eagles received an automatic invitation to the 2020 GEICO National High School Tournament beginning on Thursday, April 2 with the boy's quarterfinal games taking place in New York City.