What I learned from McDonald's Game 

March, 29, 2012
In an all-star setting like the McDonald's All-American Game -- where agendas, “relaxed” defensive intensity and nervousness creep in -- the ball tends to be less than crisp. Wednesday's game, from my perspective, went according to script. Let me explain.

Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) was on a business trip. That much was evident from the time he arrived on Saturday until the moment he was handed the MVP trophy. The best player who people paid handsomely to see in the game played, arguably, the best game and he lived up to the expectations.

[+] EnlargeAlex Poythress
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesAlex Poythress is ranked No. 16 overal in the 2012 class.
Alex Poythress (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast) has always been a good player. From a scouting perspective, the question I had was he ready to take the next step and go from supporting actor to a leading role? After watching practice and then seeing him assert himself in the game, I’d venture to say he boosted his stock more than any other player.