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2023 McDonald’s All American Sport: East Prospects

The East received 109-106 in probably the most aggressive McDonald’s All-American Sport we’ve seen shortly. They dominated the boards (48-33) and put collectively a giant second half to seal the deal. The sport additionally appeared extra aggressive and arranged than some previous years, making it higher for analysis functions.

DJ Wagner 6’4 165 PG/SG – Kentucky

Wagner was the East’s MVP with an enormous second half, the place he scored all his 19 factors. His 3PT capturing was on level, going 3-7 from downtown, hitting each off the catch and dribble, together with a step-back within the face of the defender who didn’t get his hand up fast sufficient to contest on one play. He makes use of screens effectively and has as a lot confidence driving and ending with left-hand as he does his proper. He’s not tremendous explosive however bought above the rim a number of instances late within the sport for some fastbreak factors. He hit two clutch free throws within the final 30 seconds of the sport to increase the lead and was more practical scoring than facilitating on this one with 3 assists to 4 turnovers. Wagner additionally contributed defensively with 2 blocks and a couple of steals.

Aaron Bradshaw 7’2 210 C – Kentucky

Bradshaw’s (pictured) faceup sport confirmed optimistic enchancment over his senior yr. The arrogance was evident, hitting a deep two along with his foot on the road shortly after subbing into the sport. He drew loads of fouls and made the West pay, going 10-13 on free throws. He nonetheless must work on his offensive sport within the low submit as he’s not too efficient placing the ball on the ground but and nonetheless should get a lot stronger with the ball. He was, nonetheless, very efficient on the glass with 8 rebounds (6 offensive) and changing these offensive boards into factors at a excessive charge. Bradshaw’s 18 factors was a giant increase for the East and a giant cause why they bought the win.

Aden Holloway 6’1 155 PG – Auburn

Holloway scored 15 factors on an environment friendly 4-7 capturing. Whereas he’s harmful off the catch, he’s not reliant on triple risk as he confirmed superior change of course, getting shifty with the ball, generally attending to the rim after breaking down the protection or using his floater. He additionally confirmed his potential to shoot off of his crossover within the closing seconds of the primary quarter, hitting a deep 3 to beat the buzzer. He knocked down 2-4 from 3PT vary and drew loads of fouls to go 5-7 on free throws. Holloway additionally got here away with 3 steals on the defensive finish.

Stephon Citadel 6’6 205 PG/SG – Uconn

Citadel was by no means in a rush however was efficient and environment friendly, scoring 13 factors on 5-6 FG. He confirmed his potential to create off the dribble and rating within the half-court all through the sport along with his potential to promote his crossover and penetrated into the paint at a excessive charge. He is aware of when to play robust within the paint, scoring on an and-one on one play and an aggressive energy layup on one other within the first-half. He may end with finesse when applicable, scoring at completely different angles whereas contorting his physique within the air. He shot 1-2 from past the arc along with his make coming off a ball display from NBA vary.

Justin Edwards 6’7 180 SF – Kentucky

Edwards did a great job of letting the sport come to him and scored in a number of alternative ways alongside the way in which. Whether or not it was tipping in a miss or penetrating in semi-transition settings, he discovered methods to attain within the paint. He additionally confirmed his catch and shoot potential, pulling down a 3 and one other jumper along with his foot on the road, each coming from a cross from future teammate, DJ Wagner. Edwards completed with 11 factors on 5-9 capturing and 5 rebounds within the victory.

Cody Williams 6’8 180 SF – Colorado

Williams flashed his pace and flexibility on various events. He didn’t have any luck along with his outdoors pictures, lacking each 3PT makes an attempt, however he was good off the dribble, taking Ron Holland off the bounce early within the sport to complete with a two-hand jam within the half-court. He performed onerous and drew loads of fouls, connecting on 4 of his 6 makes an attempt from the road. Williams scored 8 factors and didn’t contribute too closely in different classes with 2 rebounds, an help, and a block.

Elmarko Jackson 6’4 195 PG – Kansas

Jackson added 7 factors whereas going 3-6 from the ground. With good pace and power, he can get to the rim and takes contact effectively. He bought to the rim on one play to complete with a layup and confirmed his athleticism on a wide-open uncontested dunk on one other. He recorded 1 help to three turnovers, with 2 of these turnovers approaching performs the place he threw the ball proper to the defender whereas attempting to make a cross-court cross, failing to learn the protection. He confirmed his perimeter capturing after a jab step, nailing the three to benefit from the given area.

Sean Stewart 6’8 230 PF – Duke

Stewart performed with good vitality in his time on the ground with 6 factors. He scored on a put-back after an offensive rebound on one play and ran the ground to catch a bullet cross, popping off the ground with out taking any time to load up, rapidly rising up for the jam on one other. Capturing and restricted scoring vary has been Stewart’s weak point, so it was good to see him discover the underside of the online on a deep midrange jumper off the dribble, as Brandon Garrison was backing pedaling and couldn’t contest. He maked the protection pay for not placing a physique on him when crashing the offensive glass and is a robust rebounder total, coming away with 8. He confirmed his fast leaping potential on a clutch block on Isaiah Collier’s layup, resulting in an outlet for a DJ Wagner dunk for the ultimate go-ahead bucket.

Kwame Evans 6’9 200 PF – Oregon

Evans scored his solely subject aim on a coast to coast right-hand (weak hand) and-one layup. He shot 1-3 from the ground, lacking a midrange jumper and a 3PT try. His stroke from the free throw line regarded easy, pulling down all three makes an attempt. He additionally pulled down 3 rebounds to associate with his 5 factors.

Matas Buzelis 6’11 190 SG/SF – G-League Ignite

For the way excessive caliber he’s, even among the many McDonald’s All-People, Buzelis had a quiet sport with 4 factors and three rebounds. Each of his baskets got here on offensive rebounds, throwing down a two-hand dunk on one and a easy put-back layup on one other. Buzelis is a talented perimeter participant with nice dimension, however he didn’t get to point out it on this setting. Being stronger with the ball will likely be a degree of emphasis subsequent yr within the G-League, as he’s pressured to select up his dribble after contact at instances, eliminating his wiggle and effectivity with the ball.

Xavier Booker 6’10 205 C – Michigan State

Booker scored his 3 factors within the first 5 minutes of the sport. He knocked down a free throw and had a tip-in to attain the East’s first subject aim of the sport. Defensively, the ball will get previous him a bit typically and he can look to get decrease. Booker additionally grabbed 3 rebounds for the East. Booker seems to be good working the ground and has nice size, however wants time to develop his really feel for the sport.

Mackenzie Mgbako 6’8 210 PF – Duke

This wasn’t Mgbako’s sport, going scoreless and lacking each of his shot makes an attempt. He missed unhealthy on a pressured deep 2 and simply missed on a great look from 3 later within the sport. Mgbako is certainly a greater participant than he confirmed however everybody has unhealthy video games. The Duke commit additionally recorded 2 rebounds and a couple of turnovers within the sport.




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