Aaron Gordon picked up where he left off.
Arguably the top performer in the practices leading up to the McDonald’s All-American game, Gordon dominated in the game as well, leading the West squad to a 110 to 99 victory.
Gordon finished with 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting. He also added eight rebounds and tossed out a pair of assists
“To get here and go through the process of it all, each practice, each shoot around and the scrimmages it means a lot that I could come out and compete with all the best players,” Gordon said following the game.
All of Gordon’s points came in the paint and he threw down a series of slama in transition. He pointed to the fundamentals when asked about his overall performance.
“I try and focus on the technical parts of basketball like jumping to the ball, being in help side and taking on defense,” Gordon said. I mean in an all-star game when it’s not so structured those things help you excel in a game like this.
Scout.com’s No. 1 player Andrew Wiggins led the East squad with 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Wiggins also made his way to the free thrown eight times and connected on seven of them.
“I think I played pretty good,” Wiggins said. “It was an all-star game I was just happy to be here. I think everybody on my team and the west team played.”
To go with Gordon, the West squad had five other players in double figures. Bobby Portis scored 12 points, while Jabari Parker, Andrew Harrison, Nigel Williams-Goss and Jarell Martin all chipped in 10.
Outside of Wiggins, the East team had four other double-digit scorers. Wayne Selden scored 13 points, Dakari Johnson went for 12 and Julius Randle and Anthony Barber each scored 11.
Andrew Harrison was the only player in the game to go perfect from the field, as he connected on all five of his field goals. He also tossed out four assists. His brother – Aaron – was 3-for-8 from the field and tossed out five assists.
“They are really, really tough guards,” Gordon said about the twins. “They know how to play the game of basketball and when it comes down to crunch time you really want them on your side.”
*Williams-Goss tossed out a game-high six assists to go with his 10 points. He was efficient from the field (4-for-6) as well in just 15 minutes of play.
*Bobby Portis was a surprise standout. In the practices leading up to the event he was inconsistent, but he came out aggressive offensively and made shots, including a three-pointer.
*Jarell Martin also impressed during the game. The 6-foot-8 power forward has great scoring touch inside, but can also face the rim and hit jump shots. He’ll be an instant contributor at LSU.
*Scout.coms’ No. 2 player Jabari Parker struggled from the field (4-for-13), but he nearly recorded a double-double, as he reeled in eight boards to go with his 10 points.
*Kansas signee Wayne Selden filled the stat sheet. To go with his 13 points, he grabbed five boards and tossed out three assists. He hit a pair of three on four attempts.
*Julius Randle is so strong and physical inside. He’s tough to defend, especially when he has a full head of steam heading towards the rim. His 11 points were accompanied by seven rebounds.
*Dakari Johnson is a presence in the paint. He’s improved his scoring touch and has developed a nice hook. He was 6-for-11 from the field. He added five boards to go with his 12 points.