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Porter-Gaud senior Josiah James, the top high school basketball prospect in South Carolina, has been chosen for the McDonald's All-American game. He has signed with Tennessee. Brad Nettles/Staff

Porter-Gaud basketball standout Josiah James has been selected for the prestigious McDonald's All-American game set for March 27 in Atlanta.

James, a 6-7 senior who has signed with currently No. 1-ranked Tennessee, was named to the East roster for the 42nd annual McDonald's All-American game, which features 24 of the top high school players from around the country. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

James is the second player from the Charleston area to make the all-star game, following Pinewood Prep's Milton Jennings in 2009. He is the 13th player from South Carolina to be selected for the game.

James has led Porter-Gaud to three SCISA state championships and played for a Team USA squad that won gold at the FIBA Americas U-18 championships last year.

Five college programs each had two committed players selected for the game, including Arizona, Kentucky, Florida, Duke and Villanova.

Top players invited to the game include ESPN's top-ranked recruit, James Wiseman, a 7-foot center from Memphis.

For the first time in the game's history, three players from the same high school were invited: Josh Green, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Aramndo Bacot of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Three high school players committed to South Carolina's women's team were invited to the McDonald's All-American girls game, set for March 28 in Atlanta. They are Aliyah Boston, Breanna Beal and Zia Cooke.

Past McDonald's All-Americans from South Carolina include Zion Williamson, now with Duke, in 2018; former South Carolina Gamecocks P.J. Dozier (2015), Rolando Howell (2000) and B.J. McKie (1995); and former Clemson Tigers Milton Jennings, Rickey Jones (1986) and Clark Bynum (1980).

Other McDonald's All-American picks from the state were Raymond Felton (2002, North Carolina); Jerome Harper (2000, Iowa); Shaun Golden (1989, Georgia); Jermaine O'Neal (1996, NBA); and Stanley Roberts (1988, LSU).

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