McDonald's: Game Recap West
Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 28, 2012

CHICAGO -- The West team came out on top at the McDonald's All-American Game and it is no surprise that Shabazz Muhammad led the way.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Undecided – As expected Muhammad came out focused and asserted his will scoring the basketball. There is a reason why Muhammad is the premier wing player in the country and he showed it with his athleticism, shooting range, and dynamic ability to score through contact. Muhammad did what was expected and paced the West.

Yogi Ferrell, PG, Indiana – Ferrell showed off his trademark quickness and even hit a corner jumper. However he missed what is usually the strength of his game, mid-range jumpers. Ferrell however did do a pretty good job of finding players in transition and dropped several assists, leading the game in that category.

Brandon Ashley, PF, Arizona – At times during the week Ashley seemed to be coasting and didn’t look all that interested, but like he usually does when the game started he came to play. Ashley was good on the glass and converted on the interior to put forth a solid effort in which his combination of skill and athleticism showed through.

Grant Jerrett, PF/C, Arizona – There is nothing flashy about what Jerrett does. Not an elite athlete or super strong, Jerrett faces the rim well and proved he can make the mid-range jumper and even did a few things on the glass that were good. Still he gets pushed from the rim too easily, but Jerrett has a lot of things to build on if he addresses some of the physical concerns.

Anthony Bennett, PF, Undecided – Bennett did what he does by making threes and converting around the rim with strength and athleticism. He will need to get better off the bounce as he didn’t show much ability to do that, but in pick and pop situations as well as down low he proved why he is so highly touted.

Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor – For Austin it is about his ability to rebound and then make people score over him with length. It is tough at times for Austin because he isn’t physically strong, but he does make things difficult on the defensive end and he showed the mid-range skill on offense as well as offensive rebounding.

Cameron Ridley, C, Texas – Ridley managed to have a big game scoring mostly on screen and roll situations in which he slipped to the rim and scored mostly in an uncontested fashion. When he caught the ball and had to finish over a defender or through contact he did struggle like he had all week, but with more physical strength that issue should become less prevalent.

Rasheed Sulaimon, SG, Duke – There is no question that Sulaimon can shoot the ball and he showed that during the game. Sulaimon was making shots from deep and also used his ball handling to create some going to the rim. It was a very solid showing from the future Duke guard.

Marcus Smart, SG/SF, Oklahoma State – It was a classic game for Smart. He didn’t score a ton, in fact he was dreadful from the foul line, but he found a way to make a big impact on things. Smart rebounded well, dished out assists, and guarded multiple people very well. Not the typical high scoring wing, Smart as always found a way to impact the game as much as anybody.

Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky – There is absolutely no doubt that Goodwin can get to the rim and convert. Now he did struggle with a dunk that looked bad, but other than that it was a good athlete. He will need to continue to work on his jump shot but there isn’t a better wing in the country at creating off the dribble.

Marcus Paige, PG, North Carolina – It was a fairly non-descript game for Paige. He didn’t do too much memorable but had a few buckets and also did a solid job of getting others involved. For a pure point guard like Paige this is never going to be the ideal environment, but he still had a few nice moments.

Devonta Pollard, PF/SF, Undecided – Pollard was unable to participate in the game due to suffering a concussion during the West team practice on Tuesday afternoon.

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