McDonald’s All-American Games

West boys rise over East in McDonald's dunk-fest; West girls win too

Associated PressApril 4, 2013 

— Aaron Gordon, who is committed to play at Arizona, scored 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the West to a 110-99 victory against the East in the McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday night.

In a game that featured an array of dunks, Gordon pleased the United Center crowd of 15,818 with a number of fast-break slams on his way to the MVP award.

Andrew Wiggins, considered the top recruit in the country, scored 19 points for the East and Dakari Johnson finished with 12.

The game also featured hometown star Jabari Parker, who has committed to Duke.

Parker won four straight Illinois state championships with Simeon and was ranked as the top player in the class before Wiggins reclassified as a senior at the beginning of the school year.

Wiggins and Parker squared off most of the game and Parker finished with 10 points.

The game featured six Kentucky commits: twin brothers Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison, Johnson, Marcus Lee, James Young and Julius Randle, who verbally committed a few weeks ago.

Wiggins, who is undecided, is considering Kentucky, along with Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State. A commitment from the Canadian prep star would give Kentucky coach John Calipari one of the best recruiting classes of all time.

Arkansas recruit Bobby Portis Jr. had 12 points for the West.

Gordon put the West up 74-54 on a reverse dunk to finish a break with 14:05 left. The East got the lead down to 89-80 on Keith Frazier's dunk and pair of free throws. Then Johnson got it to 94-90 with 4:40 left, but Gordon answered with another dunk for the West.

Girls: West 92, East 64

Mercedes Russell had 16 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the West to a 92-64 win against the East.

The Tennessee signee was voted the game’s MVP.

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” said Russell, a 6-foot-5 forward. “We’ve been working really hard in practices, but I couldn’t have done it without them.”

The West jumped out to a 20-10 lead behind Tyler Scaife’s seven points. Rebecca Greenwell extended the lead to 31-13 on a 3-pointer. The Duke signee came up limping after being fouled on a layup attempt with 3:28 left in the half. She did not return and finished with eight points, going 2 for 3 from 3-point range.

“It’s painful, but it’s not excruciating, it’s nothing new, it’s something I have dealt with this whole season,” Greenwell said. “I think I am going to have an MRI soon. Before I even hurt it I had arthroscopic surgery scheduled for Tuesday because I had this ongoing knee problem all season.”

Scaife, the player of the year from Arkansas, finished with 15 points and four assists.

Diamond DeShields had 15 points and Makayla Epps added 13 for the East. DeShields has signed to play at North Carolina and Epps is going to Kentucky.

North Carolina had the most All-Americans with three. DeShields played with Stephanie Mavunga and against future Tar Heel Jessica Washington.

“That was a good feeling. I am so proud of having a recruiting class of three McDonald’s All-Americans,” DeShields said. “To know that I will be going to the next level to play with those two girls is pretty exciting.”

The East managed to get within 10 points at the end of the first half on a layup by Taya Reimer. Voted female player of the year, she is headed to Notre Dame.

Alaina Coates, who has signed to play at South Carolina, had back-to-back baskets for the East to get within 53-45 early in the second half, but the West answered with an 11-0 run, capped by Linnae Harper’s layup. The Rutgers commit attends Whitney Young High School, which is just blocks from the United Center.

“I’m just lost for words to play in Chicago, in my hometown in front of my fans and friends,” Harper said. “I am really excited and it just hit me this is my last high school game.”

Russell led the West in the first half with eight points and seven rebounds.

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