Thursday, April 4, 2013
Best of the 2013 McDonald's game
By Reggie Rankin
CHICAGO -- Wednesday’s McDonald's All American Game featured elite talent at every position, so picking out the best of the best isn’t easy. But there were several players who stood out above the rest.
Let's take a look at some McDonald’s game performance superlatives.
Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas Portis is an extra-long forward who displayed good shot selection, going 4-for-5 from the floor. He is confident, and does a great job picking his spots and making the defense pay. Portis had two blocks and scored 12 points in 18 minutes.
Stat Sheet Stuffer
Jabari Parker, SF, Duke Parker didn't shoot the ball well, going 4-for-13, and he had serious foul issues with five. But he filled the box score with 10 points, eight rebounds (three offensive), three assists, two blocks and two steals, and went 2-for-2 at the line. It wasn't his best game but he still got things done. His feel for the game and his basketball IQ allow him this luxury.
Arizona-bound forward Aaron Gordon earned McDonald's game MVP honors.
Aaron Gordon, SF/PF, Arizona Gordon is wired to attack, and that is just what he did. He lived above the rim, and brought the crowd to its feet on a number of occasions with his power and explosiveness. He also went at defenders off the bounce and defended the ball well. His energy, effort and motor simply expose opponents. Gordon finished with 24 points and eight rebounds to earn MVP honors. Everything was above the rim or going to it.
Most Complete Guard
Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky Harrison dropped four dimes and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor. He scored from all three levels, getting to the rim, hitting the midrange pull-up and nailing the long 2. He is tough and competitive, and has all the physical and mental tools to be a special player.
Best Leader/Coach on the Floor
Nigel Williams-Goss, PG, Washington Williams-Goss communicates with his teammates both verbally and by setting an example. He plays under control, and makes positive plays as he creates for himself and his teammates. He takes pride on the defensive end as well. Simply put, Williams-Goss could run my team any day. He had an impressive six assists, two blocks and a steal while going 4-for-6 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe for 10 points in 15 minutes.
Most Skilled Big Man
Jarrell Martin, PF, LSU Martin is a big-bodied forward who has great offensive skills and feel for the game. He finished above the rim with power, attacked off the bounce, and was a tough matchup inside and out. Martin scored 10 points in 14 minutes.
Most Powerful Wing
Wayne Selden, SF, Kansas Selden is a strong wing who simply busted through contact to finish. He is a powerful finisher, a strong perimeter rebounder and a good passer. Selden is also a very capable multiple-position defender. He dropped 13 points in 18 minutes, including hitting 3s, which is an area in which he has greatly improved.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, uncommitted Wiggins, who is down to Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State, is the most wanted high school player in the land as the unsigned No. 1 prospect. He has elite athleticism and an ability to finish in traffic with flair. Wiggins constantly attacks and is great at drawing fouls. He went 6-for-10 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the line while dropping 19 points in 24 minutes. It will be interesting to see how much longer Wiggins can go without making a college decision. His “I am ready” look is more evident each time I see him.
Best Low-Post Player
Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky Johnson did work in the paint. He is a post player who knows it and plays like one. Johnson played to his strengths and looked good doing it. He showed a nice jump hook, and a strong and powerful drop step through contact. He rim-ran a few times as well. Johnson went 6-for-11 from the floor, and had 12 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.