McDonald’s All-American 2013, a challenge between rising stars: the best prospects of the game
Even if the NCAA season has arrived to its crucial point with the Final Four in the next weekend, we have to shift our attention to the next generation of rising stars. We do not have a best chance to see them play than the one represented by the McDonald’s All-American Game, a competition between the best prospects who are going to college next year. According to insiders, this year’s class could be one of the best ever. The entertainment is assured. Among the players who will be on the floor on April, 3rd at 8.30 p.m. in Chicago, some of them must be observed carefully.
Andrew Wiggins, small forward
He is the number one of the ranking, chased by all of the most important universities, i.e. Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Syracuse and Duke. He matches great athleticism with a versatility who allow him to play in different spots. Listed at 6’8”, he has a consistent long range shot, but he can also play in the paint.
Dakari Johnson, center
One of the first things you notice when you read the tournament’s roster is that a lot of players has been recruited by Kentucky for the next season. Johnson is one of those six players, which could become eight if Wiggins and Aaron Gordon will decide to join the Wildcats. Dakari is a center listed at 6’10” who could really dominate the paint in the NCAA.
Jabari Parker, small forward
A traditional all-around. He is a small forward, but he is gifted with an uncommon versatility. He can score from everywhere, he is an excellent defender because of his athleticism and he has a good rebounding position, too. His best upside, though, is his unselfishness. He would do everything to help his team and to lead it to the victory. Next year, he will play at Duke and he will have to fill the void left by Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly, who are all in their senior year.
Aaron Gordon, small/power forward
When you see him play, you immediately notice his astonishing athleticism, which allows him to fly over the rim and dunk the ball with impressive power. A 6’8” player who can play both forward position, he is a good defender and rebounder. Moreover, he can also play in the low post.
East Roster: Anthony Barber (NC State), Keith Frazier (Undecided), Kasey Hill (Florida), Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame), Andrew Wiggins (Undecided), Isaiah Hicks (North Carolina), Rondae Jefferson (Arizona), Wayne Selden (Kansas), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Chris Walker (Florida), Dakari Johnson (Kentucky), Kennedy Meeks (North Carolina), Julius Randle (Kentucky).
West Roster: Isaac Hamilton (UTEP), Aaron Harrison (Kentucky), Andrew Harrison (Kentucky), Matt Jones (Duke), Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington), Jabari Bird (California), Aaron Gordon (Undecided), Jarrell Martin (LSU), Jabari Parker (Duke), James Young (Kentucky), Marcus Lee (Kentucky), Bobby Portis Jr. (Arkansas).