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2023 McDonald’s All-American Recreation: West Prospects


The West battled however got here up simply brief, dropping 109-106. Getting out-rebounded 46-33 and solely connecting on 37.5% (9-24) on free throws often received’t end in a win. Each groups battled and had spotlight performs all through the sport. Right here’s a recap of the West.

Isaiah Collier 6’3 190 PG – USC

Collier Earned MVP for the West. He had the ball in his palms lots and did somewhat little bit of every little thing; creating, capturing, and exhibiting physicality as a defender. His 2-3 from distance, together with attending to the rim off the dribble gathered to 25 factors on 9-14 capturing. He left plenty of factors on the free three line, going 5-12 together with 2 within the clutch within the remaining minute that will’ve given the West the lead again. He has a pleasant deal with in each the half courtroom in addition to when selecting up velocity in transition, however he slipped just a few occasions altering instructions with the ball. Generally known as the highest facilitator within the class, he made some good passes, but in addition had his share of turnovers, recording 2 assists to five turnovers. Athletically, he completed above the rim on just a few fastbreaks and had a pleasant block that saved Sean Stewart from ending the jam. Collier’s play helped the West get the lead early however couldn’t maintain on because the East made their run.

Bronny James 6’2 190 PG/SG – Undecided

The participant everybody wished to see delivered. James shot scored an environment friendly 15 factors on 5-10 capturing and 5-8 3PT. He excelled in catch and shoot conditions, solely one among his 3s got here off one dribble whereas utilizing a display. He didn’t penetrate a lot and barely had the ball contained in the perimeter. He had just a few passes that have been intercepted by the protection, however he made the suitable play with the additional move on just a few events, recording 4 assists to three turnovers.

Ron Holland 6’8 195 PF – Texas

Holland scored 11 factors, nevertheless it was his protection that obtained him on the stat sheet early within the recreation, blocking Cody Williams’ layup and a chase down on Elmarko Jackson. He picks up some pointless fouls reaching in on the incorrect time however completed with a recreation excessive 3 blocks and a pair of steals within the recreation. He’s a high-level athlete, getting up above the rim with ease and willed his method to the rim for just a few baskets. Regardless of going 5-8 from the ground, he didn’t have the very best capturing night time, going 0-2 from 3PT and 1-4 from the free throw line. Holland was strong on the boards with a crew excessive 6 rebounds, with 3 approaching the offensive finish.

Brandon Garrison 6’9 205 C – Oklahoma State

Garrison completed with an ideal 5-5FG to attain 10 factors. His effort was good, and he didn’t hunt for his factors. Catching passes in stride whereas constantly slicing/rolling to the basket paid off for him. The one basket he created on his personal was a fadeaway that dropped proper in after getting separation. Garrison sees the ground properly and demonstrated it whether or not passing out of the submit or searching for a cutter when he will get the ball on the perimeter however he’s not actual comfy dribbling or passing on the transfer. He did a pleasant job of rotating and hedging defensively, coming away with 2 steals.

Ja’Kobe Walter 6’5 180 SG – Baylor

Though Walter is among the high shooters within the class, he didn’t get too set off pleased from distance with solely two 3PT makes an attempt, hitting a deep one off a hand off. He did present some selection in his 10 factors, changing an offensive rebound for a layup and a two-hand jam after beating everybody up the ground. The basket that showcased Walter’s capacity greatest was when he froze the protection together with his dribble and hit a midrange step-back, finally capturing an environment friendly 4-6 from the ground.

Jared McCain 6’4 195 PG/SG – Duke

McCain had plenty of good catch and shoot alternatives within the recreation, however some simply missed the mark, scoring 9 factors on 4-10 capturing and 1-6 from 3PT vary. He’s all the time squared up, able to shoot and doesn’t waste any movement in his shot. Along with capturing off the catch, he pulls up properly off the dribble as he confirmed on just a few events. McCain additionally posted 1 rebound and a pair of assists.

Mookie Cook dinner 6’7 200 SF – Oregon

Cook dinner didn’t attempt to do an excessive amount of with the ball however completed with 8 factors (4-6 FG). He made probably the most of damaged performs, selecting up a unfastened ball on two events to transform 4 of his factors and an offensive rebound for a put-back for an additional 2. Though he didn’t present an excessive amount of within the recreation, he’s a pleasant athlete and impressed on an up and below left-hand layup. He’s obtained some pure passing instincts as properly however solely recorded 1 help on this one.

Omaha Biliew 6’8 210 PF – Iowa State

Biliew didn’t stand out an excessive amount of however was strong, scoring 7 factors on 3-4 capturing. He had a pleasant transfer on the block, bodying Matas Buzelis to carve out house to complete on the opposite aspect of the rim. He missed each of his free throw makes an attempt however appeared easy on a fast shot from 3, finally going 1-2 from past the arc. Biliew additionally dished out 2 assists.

Andrej Stojakovic 6’6 185 SF – Stanford

Stojakovic contributed with 5 factors. He didn’t mild it up from exterior however knocked one down off the catch early within the recreation. He can tighten up his deal with and didn’t create a lot however hit a formidable finger roll off the glass proper after a spin transfer that was put proper out of Aaron Bradshaw’s attain.

Reed Sheppard 6’3 170 PG/SG – Kentucky

Sheppard scored 4 factors for the West. He performed off the ball fairly a bit and appeared a bit sped up on this setting, selecting up his dribble early just a few occasions. He didn’t knock down any bounce photographs however had a pleasant take, driving down the center of the ground within the first half. He obtained back-to-back steals towards Matas Buzelis within the second half; the primary intercepting a move resulting in a breakaway dunk and the subsequent ripping him mid-crossover that finally led to an help to a Jared McCain 3PTer.

Baye Fall 6’11 205 PF – Arkansas

Fall scored 2 factors, each on the free throw line, going 2-4 within the recreation. He missed his solely subject aim try of the sport. He was pretty lively on the boards in his 13 minutes with 4 rebounds, 2 approaching the offensive finish.

Jeremy Fears 6’0 180 PG – Michigan State

Fears struggled a bit towards the dimensions and size as a finisher and a few of his turnovers needed to do with how fast the ground shrunk with the dimensions and velocity of the protection. He had just a few good lead passes to setup teammates and tied Bronny James with a recreation excessive 4 assists to 2 turnovers. This wasn’t Fears greatest exhibiting lacking all 5 photographs and grabbing 1 rebound.

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