The McDonald's All-American Game selection committee's recently released annual list of nominees originally included two New York City basketball players who no longer play high school hoops, and of course The New York Daily News, which broke the story late last week, cleverly called it "a whopper of a mistake."
Current Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College freshman forward Tafari Whittingham and former Pathways (Queens, N.Y.) Prep forward Jordan Washington, who has been barred from playing basketball at the school, have -- as The Daily News is wont to say -- "played as many games this season Ronald McDonald himself."
"Shows how much they know," said Abraham Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) High head coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton, who had Whittingham on his Railsplitters roster last season.
And that's not even the best part. While there's no debating the talents of Whittingham and Washington, there is plenty of debate, however, about who is to blame for the gaffe.
Whittingham is averaging 9.8 points and 4.6 boards for unbeaten HCC, the National Junior College Athletic Association's No. 1 ranked team. As a senior at Lincoln last winter, he was suspended during the Public School Athlete League playoffs for allegedly throwing a punch during a forfeit loss to South Shore (Brooklyn, N.Y.) High.
Meanwhile, Rivals.com rates Washington as a three-star recruit with offers from Louisville, Pitt and Villanova, among others, but the Pathways principal hasn't cleared him this season after he briefly left for West Oaks (Orlando, Fla.) Academy last year, according to The Daily News report.Read More »from McDonald’s All-American committee’s ‘whopper of a mistake’ leads to finger-pointing