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Kentucky 47, Everyone Else 162

 

High School Basketball: McDonald's All American Games

 

 

If Jalen Rose was in charge, the McDonald’s All-American game would have been renamed the John Calipari Invitational, and the Kentucky commitments proved Rose right with their performance today. Although the game was a typical All-Star game with more offense than defense and ending in a slew of missed dunks, the Kentucky players proved on a national stage why they’re already being heralded as the best recruiting class in college basketball, ever. The West (Harrisons, Lee, Young) team beat the East (Johnson and Randle) by a score of 110-99. Here’s what went down at the glorified Blue-White scrimmage.

 

-If tonight was an informercial for Kentucky, anyone watching is buying in. Together, the six UK commitments scored 47 points, or 22% of the points scored tonight.- impressive, considering they make up approximately 24% of this year’s McD’s All-American class. And that’s without Wiggins’ 19 points. Right from the get-go, the Cats made their presence known, with the Harrison twins and Dakari Johnson scoring three of the first four baskets. During one stretch in the second half, there were consecutive scores by a Harrison, Julius Randle, and Julius Randle again. Get used to hearing announcing calls like that.

 

 

-Speaking of Randle, the Texan was easily the most impressive of the Kentucky recruits. With 11 points and 7 rebounds, Randle was the bright spot in a somewhat lackluster All-Star game. “I didn’t do too bad,” Randle grinned after the game. His athleticism showed on both ends of the court, and his aggressive rebounding will anchor the front court next season. Kentucky fans should be excited about the intensity he brings to the floor- and judging by how Randle spoke about how this week prepared him for “having a target on my back” next season, he’s ready for it.

-A close second for Kentucky MVP, or at least Most Improved, has to go to Dakari Johnson. Johnson tends to be near the end of the list when rattling off our freshmen next year, but he’s developed by leaps and bounds in the short time since he’s become a Cat. Johnson was consistent on the offensive end, scoring 12 points to go with five rebounds, and showed off his ability to get up and down the court and play a surprisingly light style for a big guy.

-The Harrison twins combined for nine assists and five rebounds, backing up Aaron Gordon’s assessment that they are  “really tough guards. When it comes down to crunch time you want them on your side.” Aaron (the shooting guard, remember!) scored six points, while Andrew had ten. Both showed a firm grasp on the dribble drive, and the consensus from players post-game was that both Harrisons were great distributors who bettered the players around them. Looks like we can add them to the long list of dominant Calipari point guards.

-After a quiet first half, James Young perked up, ending with six points, two steals, and an assist. His ability to convert twisting, athletic layups may remind fans of a more polished Archie Goodwin- and how many times did we wish for that last season? Like his teammates, Young is ready to work once he gets on campus, saying “I love grinding” (I’m pretty sure he was talking about basketball, not middle school dances). He also felt that the McD’s experience helped the Kentucky boys get a head start on their chemistry classes: “It just made us a little bit more of a team off the court. It’s going to help us a lot next year.”

-Young also summed up why Andrew Wiggins should go to Kentucky in one sentence: “More great players, easier to win a national championship.” Someone get the dude a Staples button, because that was easy.

Marcus Lee and his fro-hawk had a quiet game tonight, with two points, two rebounds, one block, and one assist. However, no need for alarm- that’s just the nature of these crowded All-Star games. Not everyone can shine, and Lee has shown plenty of promise in the practices this week to compete for playing time next year.

-If you want something to bitch/prematurely worry about, here it is: three point shooting. While shooting was abysmal overall (7-39), the Kentucky guys were especially rough around the edges, with only Aaron (0-3) and Young (0-1) attempting shots . Even Wiggins was 0-2. Ah, well, we needed something to aspire towards anyway.

-Outside of Kentucky players, get used to seeing game MVP Aaron Gordon on SportsCenter next year. Kid can dunk, to put it mildly. The new West Coast Wildcat ended with 24 points and 8 rebounds, including a handful of Blake Griffin-esque throw downs.

-The game may have taken place six hours from Lexington, but BBN made their presence known. Signs abounded and blue was scattered throughout the crowd of over 15,000. Randle mentioned he could hear the “Go Big Blue!” chants from the floor, repeating his statement from yesterday that “our fans are crazy.” Hear that? Cal speak already! He IS a Kentucky player!

-And finally, the Matt Jones who played in that game is not the Matt Jones who runs this site. But you probably (hopefully) knew that already.

 

To paraphrase what Tyler Thompson said on the live blog, this game felt like a November exhibition game in both crowd atmosphere and on-court play. Sure, it may have been a little slow at times, but the experience will serve our players well once they arrive on campus in June. BBN, we’ve barely seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this team’s potential. I think I speak for everyone when I say “We want more. We want more. Like- you really like it. You want more.”

 

Bring on 2013.

 

@KristenGeilKSR

Article written by Kristen Geil

81 Comments for Kentucky 47, Everyone Else 162



  1. soggyUKgrad
    12:33 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    How could Jalen Rose major in communication and NOT be able to pronounce the word ATHLETE?!?….what is an afflete? Jalen & Jay made that game difficult to watch.



  2. g-man
    12:40 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Worst Announcing crew ever. 80% of their gamecast was discussing things that had nothing to do with the players on the floor. Just a lot of soap box opinionating about things that they must have felt made them sound important. Funny thing is that there was a game going on. You’d never have known it. Probably only one out of ten baskets made, was the player making them ever identified. Next year, get some announcers who will actually talk about the game action, ESPN.



  3. Everyone
    12:45 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Please don’t curse in posts



  4. 3 shut up
    1:02 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Ok?



  5. Adam
    1:03 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    What are you 12 if you can’t handle the word bitch stay off the Internet lol this is 2013



  6. adolph oliver bush
    1:05 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    What was the curse, “afflete”?



  7. mashburnfan1
    1:07 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    actually we had 66 points and everyone else had 143. Wiggins will be a CAT



  8. Adam
    1:07 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Lol I think they were referring to the word bitch isn’t that just a female dog



  9. Corey
    1:08 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Right. I follow you.



  10. Yousuck
    1:10 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I follow you



  11. Yousuck
    1:12 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Damnit



  12. Spenser
    1:15 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I wouldn’t mind if there was more cursing in the posts actually.



  13. adolph oliver bush
    1:17 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    If “bitch” is a curse word, I’d hate to hear what my handle is considered. A female dog is more provacative than oral sex? Gotta be P.R. I guess……



  14. Bizzarro World
    1:18 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty sure James Young rattled in a 3 in the 1st half



  15. Bizzarro World
    1:21 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe the announcers gave young credit for a 3 someone else hit, which is understandable considering the atrocious nature of those unis. When they kept showing flashbacks of previous greats playing in th McDs game all I could think was in 10 years when they’re showing highlights of Wiggins, Randle, or the Harrisons, all anyone will be saying is, “WTF are they wearing?!?”



  16. Howard Cosell's Ghost
    1:29 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I could announce a better game than these guys and I’m dead.



  17. DustinUK
    1:43 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Why exactly is it impressive that our guys who compose 24% of the class scored 22% of the points? It doesn’t really matter regardless, but not sure how the logic works for it to be specifically noted as impressive?



  18. Big Blue Coming At You
    1:46 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Have to agree with 2 on the announcing. Those awful uniforms made it impossible to tell who was who. A real commentator calling the game would have been nice so i could tell who was scoring. Adidas are the ugliest uniforms and their color combinations make it impossible to read the jerseys.



  19. hahahaha
    2:08 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Your basketball knowledge is clearly lacking, but nice post



  20. dave
    2:09 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    no way you actually think the mcd’s game will help/improve the cats’ play next year?. it was an all-star game.
    ppl like this site b/c jones calls ppl out on bs like that.



  21. shmats
    2:52 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t get me wrong, Aaron Gordon’s good, but most (if not all) of his points came on assited, uncontested dunks.



  22. ukcat1
    3:13 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Uniforms were extremely ugly.



  23. YouKnowWhat
    3:33 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Aaron Gordon can dunk but the kid played no defense what so ever. Missed a flashy dunk, wouldn’t pass the ball and waited at half court so he could be ahead of the break on the missed shot. His MVP award is an embarrassment to the Allstar game. Just my 2 cents though. Go CATS



  24. Fake_Billy_Packer
    3:38 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    If I had called that game Parker, Jones and Meeks would have all been MVP.



  25. backpack
    3:39 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    How many points did the UofL recruits have….?



  26. Wildcatsteeler
    3:40 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Boy, this game really put things in perspective for me. We are loaded!!!! Stop with the stupid undefeated BS please though. Doesn’t happen anymore. Never will again. But OMG what talent. What talent. Really hard to believe.



  27. seriously tho
    4:06 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    26… this team, especially with wiggins, will have a more than good shot at going undefeated



  28. bil
    7:01 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    If Calipari can’t win a championship with the team he has next year he will be a complete failure. All the pieces nessary are there. Point guard and inside game in Randle and roll players. COMPLETE.
    These all star games only show the athleticism of players. MOst stand around and let players drive in and dunk. Boring actually. In the real world there will be defense played. But UK has enough great players that no one can be double teamed as long as they give up the ball to the open shooter.



  29. bil
    7:09 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    26 Why would UK not be able to win every game? Do they not have the players to not lose? Seems to me all they have to do is spread the floor and someone will be able to score. This is not your ordinary college basketball team where one or two players have to carry the team. Whe Calipare subs the player or players will have equal ability.
    THIS TEAM IS LIKE THE 96 TEAM. TEN PLAYERS THAT CAN SCORE. FIVE PLAYERS ON THE BENCH COULD START AND BE A STAR FOR ANY OTHER TEAM.
    The old UCLA teams with Walton and Alcindor and possibly the team Indiana had when they won the championship in 76 I think it was.



  30. Bob
    7:10 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    “Together, the six UK commitments scored 47 points, or 22% of the points scored tonight.- impressive, considering they make up approximately 24% of this year’s McD’s All-American class.”

    Ha ha ha!!! This is further evidence why the writing on this site leaves a lot to be desired. The data presented is anything but “impressive.”



  31. bil
    7:12 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    23 no one plays defense in these game. Neither do they play defense in the NBA allstar games. IT IS SHOW TIME!



  32. Big UK Fan
    7:15 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I hate to admit, but 17 and 30 are absolutely correct. As much as Matt Jones likes to make people think he’s brilliant… He’s done a pretty crap job strengthening this sites writing. I’m sure these bloggers are nice people, but that was a moronic comment. Step it up Matt, get some more insightful writers. Including yourself.



  33. Andre Wiggins
    7:28 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Auburn bout to be in trouble



  34. Boyd Crowder
    7:40 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    All the talk about going undefeated is a bit frustrating. However, it is entirely possible. The ’12 championship team only lost 2 games and should have won those easily. It depends on how bad they want to punish teams. Can they hold it together every game? We know they have the athleticism. Do they have the fire and bball IQ? TBD…I don’t think we should put that pressure on them though.



  35. Tom Bl;evins
    7:51 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Aaron Gordon made the statement that, “When it comes down to crunch time you want them (the Harrison twins) on your side.” Someone should remind him, he could have had that.



  36. math
    7:52 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    if we had 24% of the players but only scored 22% of the points, then we underpreformed



  37. statsticyian
    7:56 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    22% of the time it works every time.



  38. eminem returns
    8:01 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Marshall Henderson is returning for his senior year at Ole Miss



  39. Nice Math
    8:05 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty sure scoring 22% of the points is NOT impressive “considering they were 24% of the class.”



  40. Mr.Math
    8:06 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    My mathmatical, calculations say that if we make up 24%, of the whole. And only contributed 22%, we under performed.



  41. Mr.Math
    8:08 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Only, here on ksr would we take sand and turn it into gold.



  42. tdr76
    8:12 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    This 40-0 stuff is really foolish talk. This will be a team, largely made up of freshman who have really not played together (except the Harrison twins). These are the stort of unreal expectations that we had going into last year which simply paralized our young team. If you will remember it took a few games for Cal’s teams to jell together and become a unit. This team will be no different. We will lose a couple early games, but I can image the team losing only a few games, maybe 2 or 3. They have a real change of making the Final Four and winning it all, but please no more talk to 40-0.



  43. HereWeGo
    8:15 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    You have to love the twins game. If you had switch them off of the West squad to the East the East would have won. The East Coast Wildcats will be the best team in the country next year because of Andrew and Aaron Harrison.



  44. Yup
    8:25 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    dakari looked darn good. Very comfortable with back to the basket. From the lil bit I saw last night he is way better than WCS. WCS better learn some offense this summer or he will be the backup.



  45. Tt
    8:25 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Alex, you found a school to transfer to yet? You not gonna play much. If wiggins comes, you be lucky to get 5 minutes.



  46. bung
    8:35 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    48 fast break points…I think our last game was zero…



  47. My math
    8:41 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Assuming our guys DID NOT PLAY 100% of the time 22% of the total points could be considered somewhat “impressive”. Also, how many assists did our guys have? I believe our guys did NOT underperform when all things are considered! At the very least they performed as expected which is better than what we got from last years team…



  48. Michael F. Jox
    8:46 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Only UK fans would argue about the stats of the MCd’s all-star game lol



  49. timd
    8:46 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    You guys, specifically numbers 30, 32, 36, 39 & 40; I guess the consensus thinking is that the future Wildcats should have produced at least 24% of the stats??? and that less(22%)is just a so-so, mediocre, zzzzzzzzzz performance? No matter how you look at it, or how overly picky you choose to be, taken together, the figures 24% & 22%, are flat-out impressive.



  50. Math Nerd
    8:50 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Math…..who needs this knowledge? I have to agree with #47…… He/she is right…… Must have scored high on the ACT….. Obviously not a Tardinal fan……



  51. Bob
    9:01 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    47 – But that’s not what the author said. Had she said “The UK commits played 16% of the total minutes yet accounted for 22% of the total points,” then that would have been impressive.



  52. Reality
    9:02 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    OK basically the subs were coming in every 5 to 10 minutes, so lets say the high end, Every UK player played about 20 minutes total. So they played half the game and had 22% of the scoring. So this means while UK players were on the court, they made up almost 1/2 of the total scoring. That IS pretty IMPRESSIVE….



  53. bmt22033
    9:03 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    What to make of this Wiggins quote?

    “Me and Jabari are friends,” Wiggins said. “I look forward to playing against him in the future. I know I will be seeing his face a lot at the next level and level after that.”

    Was it just one of those things that you say about a great competitor or did he inadvertantly let slip the fact that he expects to be playing the ACC next year?



  54. Three Goggles
    9:03 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    So where will the three point production come next year!!? Hope KW and POY come thru because that looks to be the only weakness I see going into next season. Go Cats!



  55. Wild Blue
    9:04 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Everyone needs to shut up about a 40 – 0 season. The incompetent refs in the SEC, who are overly influenced by the home crowd I might add, will cause it to never happen.



  56. My math
    9:06 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    11 assists = 22 more points, so our guys were responsible for 69/209 points aka 33% (not counting Wiggins contributions). I’d say we didn’t “underperform”!! 1 out of every 3 shots had UK all over it!



  57. Al's IndiCats
    9:06 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Where was Uvel’s hamburger boys? They were serving everyone at the drive thru at Wendys..



  58. icbmcat
    9:09 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    They ARE talented but, like this year’s class, what holes in their games get exposed? Will we have multiple outside threats (who will be the Daron Lamb/Darius Miller combo)? Will we have an elite on-ball defender (are the twins a half-step slow)? Where is this team’s motor (think MKG)? Who will be the defensive stopper? Can we hit free throws (and remember our starting center next year, WCS, is a disaster at the line).

    To think ANY team, especially one primarily comprised of freshmen, will go 40-0 is CRAZY. Could it happen? Sure. Likely? Doubt it.



  59. good grief
    9:09 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    No, 47 is not right. No other players played 100% of the game either. I haven’t seen a minutes breakdown but it seemed pretty evenly distributed. Therefore, if 24% of the participants in the game produced 22% of the points, that would be just about what you would expect and not particularly impressive. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ



  60. Bob
    9:20 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Some of y’all cain’t do the maths very good. WTF is this shizz: “OK basically the subs were coming in every 5 to 10 minutes, so lets say the high end, Every UK player played about 20 minutes total. So they played half the game and had 22% of the scoring. So this means while UK players were on the court, they made up almost 1/2 of the total scoring. That IS pretty IMPRESSIVE….”



  61. 6xJimmy
    9:21 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I thought that Matt Jones looked TALLER then he sounds on the radio.



  62. Rockfield, KY
    9:23 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Will the Jordan Brand game and the Elite 24 be better than the McDAA this year?



  63. truth
    9:24 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    time to transfer alex P.



  64. Bob
    9:25 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    OK, dummies… the box score is just below this post. UK boys played 105 minutes out of 400 which is just over 26% of total minutes played. They scored 22.5% of total points. Based on Kristen’s “logic” above, are you still impressed?



  65. Uncle Al
    9:28 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Mcdonald’sallstar game worst broadcasters ever!



  66. BPM
    9:32 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t Andrew Harrison hit at least 1 three?



  67. BPM
    9:33 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    actually, I think he hit 2 threes. The box score is wrong.



  68. UKmcnuggets
    9:49 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Ohhhhhh…C.A.T.S..CATS CATS CATS!



  69. BA
    9:50 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    67 – Sounds like those dbags calling the game were keeping the box score too…lol.



  70. j
    9:55 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I was most impressed with randle and dakari johnson. i may even go as far to say johnson will start over stein. he has some very good low post moves and seems extremely strong to be the age that he is. wiggins made these kids look like middle school kids when he went to the basket.. if we add him on the wing with the intensity randle brought we will be unstoppable.. wiggins reminded me of lebron james when you look up and he has 20 points and it seems like he has only scored 4.. we are gonna be really good next year and i can’t wait for that home game against louisville..



  71. j
    9:57 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Or how about when jalen rose said ” the bank is open he took that through the atm” wtf is that suppose to mean



  72. j
    9:58 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Jay williams “he will lock you down like a pitbull” it was awful announcing



  73. UK22
    9:59 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Pumped for these CATS and next season…There is nothing wrong with having pressure of going undefeated. When that’s what we worry about that’s a GREAT thing!



  74. Kevin C.
    10:07 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins isn’t likely to choose UK, based on his comments last night:

    “Me and Jabari are friends,” Wiggins said. “I look forward to playing against him in the future. I know I will be seeing his face a lot at the next level and level after that. We are both very talented and we are very competitive and love the game.”

    “Going against Jabari is just the best going against the best and I look forward doing it in the future.”

    Those quotes likely mean he’s going to FSU or UNC….or he really likes to BS reporters trying to get a scoop. I hope it’s the latter.



  75. IcemanJ
    10:13 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    70- Dakari looked pretty good offensively, but did you see how many times offensive players left him standing still on defense? Yes it’s an All-Star game but he attempted to guard on those plays and was blown by. He will be a defensive liability next year. Not that WCS is amazingly defensively, but he is developing into a good shotblocker and post presence. To top, WCS doesn’t have a horrible offensive game like some say. His form is fine, he just needs reps and confidence. Dakari is a good player, but WCS will start over Dakari next season.



  76. Iverson
    10:14 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    74- He’s talkin bout practice.

    (i hope)



  77. MustangCat
    10:18 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Aaron Gordon over-rated? You guys see the same game i watched? I been saying for a month or so that he may be the best player in the class. He was the only one last night that looked truly impressive. He was at half court because they threw a full court pass?! They are trained to stay back in that situation. No one played defense last night. A few went for some blocks, but there was no defense. Gordon is a beast, and deserved that trophy. I’d take him over anyone we have, and Wiggins. We have a monster class, and i hope we get Wiggins, but that Gordon kid will be the best one in the class. The twins, Randle, Johnson, and Wiggins are beasts, so i guess we may end up 5 for one. But jeez that kid is good.



  78. james
    10:27 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah i read those comments too i don’t like the sound of that at all doesn’t sound good.. this kid is getting on my nerves he keeps dragging it out he knows where he’s going go ahead and get it over with



  79. james
    10:35 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    How is he talking about practice if he said the next level?



  80. Iverson
    10:53 am April 4, 2013 Permalink

    79- please look again at the quotes. Now read slowly …maybe two or three tines if you have to.
    Now take a step back…pause..scratch your head…and.then repeat.



  81. Ateoff Rupp
    5:53 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Ready set go lets kick some ass,,,,,