Peyton Watson Named 2021 McDonald's All-American
LOS ANGELES – UCLA men's basketball signee Peyton Watson has been selected as a McDonald's All-America selection, as announced on Tuesday.
In all, 48 high school seniors – comprising the top 24 boys and top 24 girls in the nation – have been selected by a committee of basketball analysts. These top high school players will not face off in any McDonald's All-American Game this year (due to COVID-19). However, a virtual celebration is being planned to give these high school student-athletes the recognition they deserve.
Watson, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward from Long Beach, Calif., averaged 23.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior in 2019-20 at Long Beach Poly High School. He has been ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the country by 247Sports.com – and the No. 3 small forward in the nation by the same recruiting service.
This marks the 12th time in the past 16 seasons in which UCLA's program has had an incoming player selected to the McDonald's All-America rosters. Moses Brown competed in the McDonald's All-America Game in 2018, while Kris Wilkes and Jaylen Hands played in the contest in 2017.
Watson has been ranked as the state of California's No. 1 player by ESPN.com. In 2019-20, he guided Long Beach Poly to the program's 11th consecutive Moore League title before earning All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors. As a sophomore in 2018-19, he helped Long Beach Poly to a perfect 12-0 league record.