CHICAGO — In one of the best-played McDonald’s All American Games I’ve seen, Co-MVPs Josh Jackson and Frank Jackson led the West to a 114-107 win over the East. Here are some thoughts on these standouts and others from the all star week.
– Josh Jackson, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the 247Sports Composite, did not disappoint throughout the game. His competitive nature and great feel for the game was a catalyst for better play from everyone. His passing ability and willingness to contribute in all the facets of the game also stood out. In a nutshell, Jackson played like a number one prospect in the country.
– A five-star combo guard headed to Duke, Frank Jackson is the embodiment of the modern day lead guard with his explosive athleticism and ability to score from all three levels. He scorched the nets with 5-for-7 shooting from three in the game. I expect him to be an impact scorer from the get-go at Duke.
– Malik Monk dazzled at times with his uber-athleticism. The five-star headed to Kentucky will help make quite a freshman backcourt duo along with De’Aaron Fox. A strange statistic from the game, however, is zero rebounds from Monk in 21 minutes of play.
– Speaking of Fox, the five-star freshman got the short end of the stick in his match up with Lonzo Ball. Fox did have seven assists to five turnovers last night but couldn’t find his shooting stroke.
– Ball finished off a magical senior season with a 13 assists to one turnover performance. He only attempted three shots, missing three three-point attempts, but his passing captivated the crowd and his teammates. A basketball savant, Ball continues to have his stock on the rise and will try to breathe new life into the UCLA basketball program.
– Future Kentucky power forward Edrice Adebayo was the most productive of the post players. His high energy and physical game produced 16 points on 6-9 shooting and a game high 12 rebounds.
– Potential future teammate of Adebayo, Marques Bolden had a strong showing last night. He repeatedly beat the defense to the rim and finished in transition. Bolden is currently down to Duke, Kentucky and TCU.
– Jarrett Allen showed the mobility and ability that has Shaka Smart trying to convince him to stay in Austin and play his up tempo style. Texas is considered the frontrunner for Allen with Houston also in hot pursuit. Allen had a game-high five blocks.
– Future Gonzaga big man Zach Collins is an intriguing longterm prospect. Somewhat of a late bloomer, Collins continues to improve. He has NBA size and the ability to be a modern stretch-five type of player with his shooting ability and overall skill level.
– Alterique Gilbert is going to bring some competitive toughness to Connecticut. Gilbert sets the tone with his vicious on-the-ball defense. He also has a great feel for getting into pockets of the defense and distributing the basketball.
– Michigan State has to be excited about the incoming five-star duo of Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford. Bridges’ athleticism was on display in the first half. Langford looks to be a future versatile scorer for the Spartans.
– Future Duke five-star Jayson Tatum scored 18 points but only on 5-for-15 shooting from the field. Not one his most efficient nights. Tatum found some serious resistance inside from the West’s big men.
– The rims survived future Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike. A powerful specimen, Azubuike came close to a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
Jerry Meyer is the Director of Basketball Scouting for 247Sports. You can follow him on Twitter here.
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