WATCH: 2019 McDonald’s All-Americans Share Why Society Needs Basketball

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Mar 23, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds High School All American guard Zia Cooke (3) poses for a photo on portrait day at the Hilton Hotel Crystal Ball Room before the 2019 McDonalds All American Game. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-McDonalds

Basketball has clearly had a tremendous impact on this year’s McDonald’s All-American class. Their individual successes, both on and off the court, is acknowledged by their selections.

When the game has that kind of influence on you, creating unforgettable moments and experiences, you can’t help but recognize the impact that basketball has on society in general. That’s why I had some of the players share their thoughts on why society needs basketball.

Some common themes from the likes of Stanford commit Fran Belibi and Villanova commit Bryan Antoine both included how basketball brings people together. Florida commit Scottie Lewis and Maryland commit Diamond Miller both hinted at how the game has the ability to eliminate political and prejudicial opinions.

Arizona commit Nico Mannion talked about the entertainment value of the game, while Stanford commit and this week’s dunk contest winner and Stanford commit Fran Belibi touched on the lessons that basketball teaches from the standpoint of working with others.

Watch all of their full answers below on Basketball Society Instagram TV.

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