Area recruits offer few surprises at McDonald’s All-American Game

lwertz@charlotteobserver.comApril 4, 2013 

ESPN national basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep said the five McDonald’s All-Americans who will play next season for Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State didn’t do much to surprise him in Wednesday night’s all-star game in Chicago.

Telep said he believes each player will have a chance to make an impact in college.

The West All-Stars beat the East 110-99 in a game shown on ESPN. Arizona recruit Aaron Gordon was MVP with 24 points, eight rebounds and nine dunks.

N.C. State recruit Anthony Barber, a 6-foot-2 point guard, had 11 points and four assists for the East. North Carolina recruits Isaiah Hicks, (6-8 forward) and Kennedy Meeks (6-9 center) also played for the East. Hicks had four points and two rebounds. Meeks didn’t score and played seven minutes, the fewest of all the players .

Duke recruits Matt Jones (6-4 shooting guard) and Jabari Parker (6-8 small forward) played for the West . Jones had four points, making 2-of-4 shots. Parker, the No. 2-rated recruit , was 4-for-13 shooting and had 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Parker was guarded for much of the game by the consensus No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins, a 6-7 forward, is considering Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

“Jabari had plenty of opportunities (to score at the basket) but couldn’t finish, ” Telep said. “A big part of that was the presence of Andrew Wiggins, whose length really bothered him.”

In a game that featured many dunks – and missed dunks (Gordon’s between-the-legs jam failed spectacularly) – Jones was unable to showcase his strength, the long-range jump shot, Telep said. Jones missed his two 3-point attempts.

Neither team shot well from outside. The East was 3-for-22 on 3-point shots; the West was 4-for-17.

“Matt Jones went through a run where he made (shots),” Telep said. “But you know what he is. He’s a guy who can shoot 40 percent from the 3-point line. But the (McDonald’s) game was played in the paint, and it just wasn’t the right setting for him (Wednesday) night.”

For N.C. State recruit Barber, nicknamed “Cat” for his quickness, the game was a good fit for his talents, Telep said.

Barber was one of four double-figure scorers for the East, and he was tied for the team lead in steals (two).

“The game set up so well for Anthony Barber, ” Telep said. “He was able to use his speed and get to the rim.”

Hicks, the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, played in his first game since his 34-point, 30-rebound performance last month in the N.C. 3A state championship game .

“I think it was big for Isaiah Hicks to finish his season the way he did and test himself against these guys, ” Telep said. “He’s probably a year away from being a really, really good player at North Carolina.”

Telep says Meeks, too, is a work in progress.

“I think Kennedy just came in and knows what he has ahead of him, ” Telep said. “He’s got a summer of conditioning and getting back to being the low-post player that he is.”

WEST 110, EAST 99

 EAST: Selden 5-7 1-3 13, Wiggins 6-10 7-8 19, Randle 5-9 1-2 11, Johnson 6-11 0-0 12, Hill 1-5 0-0 2, Jackson 2-5 1-2 5, Barber 4-10 2-5 11, Hollis-Jefferson 3-5 3-4 9, Walker 2-6 0-2 4, Frazier 2-7 2-2 6, Vonleh 1-2 1-6 3, Hicks 2-6 0-1 4, Meeks 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 39-86 18-3599.

 WEST: Portis 4-5 3-4 12, Parker 4-13 2-2 10, Gordon 10-17 4-6 24, Aa.Harrison 3-8 0-0 6, An.Harrison 5-5 0-0 10, Williams-Goss 4-6 2-210, Young 3-6 0-0 6, Jones 2-4 0-0 4, Bird 3-5 2-2 9, Lee 1-3 0-0 2, Martin 4-7 2-4 10, Hamilton 2-7 1-2 7. Totals 45-86 16-22 110.

 Halftime–WEST 56-44. 3-Point Goals–EAST 3-22 (Selden 2-4, Barber 1-4, Hollis-Jefferson 0-1, Hicks 0-1, Wiggins 0-2, Hill 0-2, Walker 0-2, Meeks 0-2, Frazier 0-4), WEST 4-17 (Hamilton 2-5, Bird 1-1, Porter1-2, Parker 0-1, Williams-Goss 0-1, Young 0-1, Martin 0-1, Jones 0-2, Harrison 0-3). Fouled Out–Parker. Rebounds–EAST 52 (Randle 7), WEST 48 (Parker 8). Assists–EAST 18 (Jackson, Barber 4), WEST 31(Williams-Goss 6). Total Fouls–EAST 16, WEST 20. A–15, 818.

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