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Local Star Named McDonald’s All-American

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Duncanville High School star basketball forward Ron Holland is one of 22 players across the country to be named a McDonald’s All-American in the Class of 2023.

The McDonald’s All-American Game has been played annually for 46 years. It has included future NBA stars like Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and numerous others.

This marks the third consecutive year that at least one player from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has been selected and the second straight season that Duncanville has a player participating. Both Cason Wallace and Anthony Black were picked for last year’s game, rounding out a trio of DFW representatives with Kimball’s Arterio Morris.

The teams were announced on Tuesday, and Holland is the only current Texas high school player to receive the honor this year.
Baylor University commit Ja’Kobe Walter from McKinney, Texas, was also selected for the game but currently plays for Link Academy in Branson, Missouri.

Holland is a consensus top 10 prospect as the top power forward in the country and the top high school player in the state of Texas, according to national recruiting services, and has signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Texas next season.

He chose the Longhorns over programs like UCLA, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, and Arkansas.

Other notable players from the metroplex to previously be selected to the McDonald’s All-America Game include Tyrese Maxey (South Garland/Kentucky), Myles Turner (Euless Trinity/Texas-Austin), Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian/Kentucky), and Marcus Smart (Flower Mound Marcus/Oklahoma State).

This season, Holland is averaging 15.9 points per game with 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists for a Duncanville team that was once ESPN’s top team in the country. The Panthers are currently 22-1 on the season and ranked No. 4 in ESPN’s latest rankings.

The 46th annual McDonald’s All-American game is scheduled for March 28 and will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston. Holland will play for the West team, including top recruit Isaiah Collier and Bronny James, the oldest son of NBA superstar LeBron James.

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