Sunday marked the opening session at the McDonald’s All-American event, but it didn’t take any time at all for a future Wildcat to separate himself from the pack.
Cason Wallace, a 6-foot-3 class of 2022 five-star prospect, has been drawing some early rave reviews from the scouts up in Chicago. The incoming Kentucky combo guard showcased his skills in front of 50-plus NBA scouts and personnel, shining in three-on-three drills and by bringing his high-intensity defense. Wallace is considered the No. 5 player in his class, according to the On3 Consensus.
Sunday saw the 2022 McDonald’s All-Americans participate in practice sessions and scrimmages with the nationally televised events scheduled to happen in the following days. Monday will feature the Powerade Jam Fest with Tuesday closing the event with the All-American Game. Future Kentucky Wildcat Chris Livingston is also participating as a McDonald’s All-American.
On3‘s recruiting expert Jamie Shaw is in Chicago covering all the action. Out of the 24 high school hoopers in attendance, Shaw tabbed Wallace as one of his five early standouts, along with Gradey Dick (Kansas), Jarace Walker (Houston), Anthony Black (uncommitted), and Cam Whitmore (Villanova).
6-3 CG Cason Wallace
Richardson (TX) High
On3 Consensus: No. 5
On3 NIL Valuation: $25,000
Status: Signed with Kentucky
While Cason Wallace may not be an alpha in the traditional sense, there is no doubt he steps on the floor, and everyone knows. Wallace is the guy in the 2022 class who makes plays. You cannot simply pigeonhole him into one single category as he does a bit of everything to help his team win.
Right now, he is most comfortable as an off-ball creator on offense. However, Wallace showed the handle to get into the paint and create in this setting. With his elite ability to defend the point of attack, do not be surprised to see him on the ball, initiating the offense at times next season.Jamie Shaw, On3
Shaw wasn’t alone in noting Wallace on Sunday, either. ESPN‘s NBA Draft expert Jonathan Givony named Wallace as one of four players from the East-West scrimmage on Sunday who produced a good outing in front of the scouts. Givony also mentioned Amari Bailey (UCLA), Kel’el Ware (Oregon), and Nick Smith Jr. (Arkansas) as others with standouts performances.
The 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29 at 9:00 p.m. EST on ESPN. Wallace will suit up for the West Team while Livingston will play for the East Team.