Cook ’20 & Shidu ’20 nominated as McDonald’s All-Americans
Earlier this week, McDonald’s announced the 2020 nominees from across the country to play in this year’s All-American game on April 1st in Houston. Vermont Academy seniors Jake Cook ’20 of Watervliet, New York and Bijon Shidu ’20 of Seattle, Washington were the only two nominees from Vermont.
The McDonalds All-American game has a long and storied history beginning in the 1970s with the first game being played in Philadelphia in 1978. Lots of the NBA’s superstars and legends have played in the game, including Magic Johnson (1977), Michael Jordan (1981), Kobe Bryant (1996), Lebron James (2003), Anthony Davis (2011), and more. In order to be selected for the game, players must be in their senior year and in good academic standing. Once the selection committee goes through the hundreds of nominations 24 boys and 24 girls will be selected to play in the game in Houston.
Jake and Bijon are the second and third players from Vermont Academy to earn this honor. In 2018 Simi Shittu ’18 (Vanderbilt University & Chicago Bulls) made school history. Bijon ‘20 is a two year senior from Seattle, WA. He’s is currently averaging 10.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.2 assists, and less than 1 turnover per game. He is also a star in the classroom. Bijon carries a 3.8 GPA and scored over 1200 on his SAT. He currently has recruitment from a variety of scholarship levels and the school that is fortunate enough to land him will be getting a special young man who possesses elite toughness and leadership.
Jake is a two senior from upstate New York, who earlier this year signed his National Letter of Intent to attend LIU - Brooklyn. Before committing he garnered interest from a variety of top schools including UVM, University of Albany, Mount St. Mary's, George Mason, George Washington, University of Massachusetts, Georgia, and more. During his junior season, Jake averaged 12 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and 3.1 blocks per game.
Head Coach, Alex Popp, said “Jake and Bijon are exemplary student-athletes on our campus. They both are very deserving of this distinguished honor.”