Jonesboro HS Senior M.J. Walker named to McDonald’s All-American Team By Luke Strickland


JONESBORO — Jonesboro High’s M.J. Walker received one of the highest honors possible for a high school basketball player when he was named a McDonald’s All-American Sunday evening.

Walker was one of 24 players across the country to be invited to play in the game. The senior forward will play on the West team against Pebblebrook’s Collin Sexton and Pace Academy’s Wendell Carter, players also from Georgia.

“Thank you God, thanks to my team, my family, friends and all of those who helped me to get to this point in my life,” Walker said via his Twitter account Sunday night. “I’m a McDonald All-American.”

Walker recently eclipsed 2,000 points for his career and is in the midst of a season in which he is averaging more than 30 points per game. He has played in three straight state championships for the Cardinals, winning two of them. Jonesboro is currently ranked No. 3 in Class 6A, and is considered one of the favorites to make it to the state championship game.

Walker has yet to commit but has interest from several schools across the country including UCLA and Kansas.

The 40th annual McDonald’s All-American Game will be held March 29 at the United Center in Chicago. Tip-off has yet to be determined.