- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Texas commit Cameron Ridley (Richmond, Texas/Bush) led all post players with 12 points and added nine rebounds and two blocks Wednesday night at the McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago.
Ridley told ESPNHS’s Jason Jordan he wasn’t thrilled with taking a backseat in the guard-heavy game and assuming a role as a “garbage man” cleaning up misses.
“Yeah, I wasn’t really OK with that either,” Ridley said. “I definitely wanted the ball more, but I already knew coming into this game what was gonna happen. That’s just how it is in these games.”
His West squad still picked up the victory, 106-102, but that was of little consolation to the 6-foot-10, 230-pound center who intends to sign with Texas next month.
“At least we won. … Then again, that didn’t help,” Ridley told ESPNHS. “They should’ve passed the ball more.”
One McDonald’s All-American who’s still considering Texas, small forward Devonta Pollard (DeKalb, Miss./Kemper County), had to sit out the game after suffering a mild concussion during Tuesday’s practice.
“It’s unfortunate because, obviously, I really wanted to play,” Pollard told ESPNHS “But I’m glad to have been able to experience everything else. I’m still an All-American.”
According to ESPN senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep, Pollard is down to Texas, Missouri, Georgetown and Mississippi State.