If you’re like me, you find the McDonald’s All-American game pretty confusing. You have guys that aren’t yet household names, some committed, some not, seemingly arbitrary East/West definitions (how can a guy from Texas be on the East when a guy from Virginia in on the West?), and generally sloppy All-Star basketball make it for a slightly less than enjoyable evening. But with UK now actually landing McDonald’s All-Americans with some consistency, maybe it’s time I started paying attention. In case you missed the game (or just didn’t care), here are a few news and notes from last night:
–To view the game’s complete box score, click here.
–While UK had no signees playing in the game, several targets took the court. Here are their pertinent stats:
CJ Leslie, F, Holly Springs, NC – 7pts, 9rebs
Josh Selby, G, Baltimore, MD – 13pts, 3asts
Doron Lamb, G, Laurelton, NY – 12pts, 2 rebs
Brandon Knight, G, Coral Springs, FL – 9pts, 2asts
Terrence Jones, F, Portland, OR – 14pts, 3 rebs
—Brandon Knight, despite shooting 1-7 from 3 for the game, hit the game winning 3 with no time left on the clock.
–Tennessee signee Tobias Harris reportedly broke his toe in the first half and returned with crutches and a boot. He tweeted later that he actually broke his foot, and not just a toe. There’s a Tennessee joke in there somewhere.
—Michigan State signee Keith Appling took 15 shots (the most by any player) in 17 minutes and finished with 10 points. I realize it’s just an All-Star game, but geez, give it a rest kid.
—The Three Amigos (otherwise known as Bledsoe, Cousins and Wall) were in attendance and sat courtside. I typically didn’t take weeknight trips during college so far away. It was only when I was done with school that I did that. Just sayin’.
–North Carolina signee Harrison Barnes won the West MVP and future Buckeye Jared Sullinger was MVP for the East.
–I’ll end this with a tweet from recruiting guru Dave Telep. He said “Couldn’t have been more proud of the Class of 2010. It respected the game tonight. This class has character the guys did a nice job!”