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What to Watch For in the McDonald’s All-American Game Tonight

 

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At 9:30 EST tonight on ESPN, the Kentucky All-Star Game McDonald’s High School All-American Game tips off at the United Center in Chicago. There’s bound to be a lot going on, but here’s what Kentucky fans should focus on to better know their future national champions:

 

Julius Randle’s Intensity

Throughout the interview session yesterday, the Kentucky commits all agreed on two things: national championship or bust, and Julius Randle has the most competitive mindset out of everyone playing this week- not a statement made lightly, considering the players all spoke at length about how practice next year is going to be a battle every single day, with fights expected to break out (I fear for the team trainer after the squad’s first dodgeball match of the season). The Harrison twins and Randle have grown up playing together, and seeing them face off against each other should be a treat for viewers. After telling reporters today that anything less than a national championship will be a disappointment next year, look for that focus and competitive spirit in Randle’s play on the court. Gotta say, that was something the team missed sorely this year.

 

Also, according to Dakari Johnson, “he [Randle] talks a lot of smack on the court.” Parents, might want to shield your kids from reading Randle’s lips. Uncle Julius, he is not.

 

Chemistry 101

 

 

With two players on the East team (Dakari Johnson and Randle, plus the possible Wiggins) and four players on the West team (Harrison twins, Marcus Lee, and James Young), both sides of the ball will offer Kentucky fans glimpses of what’s to come in 200 or so days. From all accounts, the future teammates have spent the week hanging out and enjoying each other’s company, and have been showing up to practices early to shoot around together before everyone else arrives. Tonight, we’ll get a chance to see how all that team bonding has paid off. While it’s obvious that the Harrison twins know how to play together, it’ll be exciting for Kentucky fans to watch how they distribute the ball to Lee and Young. An early preview of the Blue-White game next year is just what Kentucky fans need to firmly bury this season.

 

Marcus Lee’s Combo Skills

At 6-9, Lee is considered a power forward, yet possesses many guard skills that make him a matchup threat to other teams. An avid volleyball player, Lee is one summer of weight-lifting away from being a force to be reckoned with down low. At yesterday’s practice, Lee’s mere presence was enough to alter shots in the paint, yet he also showed off his passing skills and is mobile enough to go up against guards. As Andrew Harrison said, “He contests every shot, and if he doesn’t block it he definitely scares off the little guards.” At any other school, Lee would be the star of the show, yet Kentucky fans have yet to truly experience his game. Don’t write him off, folks- he could end up being a diamond in the rough for the Cats.

 

Andrew Wiggins’ Athleticism

 

 

We saw it in the dunk contest on Monday night (#2 on Sportscenter, anyone?), but now we get a full court and a green light for The Andrew Wiggins Experience. Although Wiggins remained completely mum yesterday regarding his impending college decision and timetable, any casual basketball fan will be able to see tonight that Wiggins is compared to Michael Jordan and LeBron James for good reason. He is a Monstar, and one who amazingly has his whole career of ahead of him. Here’s hoping Kentucky is a pit stop on the Wiggins Tour de Force.

 

And finally… Fear and Despair in Other Players’ Eyes

Because really, it’s not even fair. The Cats should be added to the NBA East next year. And if Wiggins commits? Well, as James Young said, “I feel like we would be the Miami Heat or something like that.”

 

Yeah. Something like that.

 

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Article written by Kristen Geil

16 Comments for What to Watch For in the McDonald’s All-American Game Tonight



  1. ky_99
    8:38 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

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  2. mudcreekmark
    8:40 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Marcus Lee may be better than Noel. Wait and see. You don’t put up those type numbers without having an unbelievable motor. UK fans will love this kid.



  3. ky_99
    8:41 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Who is the first fight in practice going to be between next year?



  4. linebeard
    8:43 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Malone and Long.



  5. Darrel don't call me hudson
    8:55 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    First fight? Either Sam Malone and Carla, or Sam Malone and Norm



  6. SMH
    8:57 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I appreciate being instructed in what to watch for. Hell, I was just going to watch and enjoy it. Now, I have an assignment.



  7. Domination
    9:03 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I absolutely believe next year will be a season to remember. A team wont be able to matchup to our 8-10 deep lineup. how are you going to be able to defend so many Dominant players if some teams cant even stop one star. I CANNOT WAIT!!!



  8. UK Homer
    9:06 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    You all hear 1.5 Stacks is the new coach at Minnesota? Think I’d rather have Tubby. Going to have a blast watching this McDonald’s game tonight.



  9. Dusten
    9:15 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    5- I don’t understand. Who is Carla? Who is Norm?



  10. Believe that
    9:21 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I say we full court press for full 40 minutes each game, if the first five 5 stars get tired bring in the next five 5 stars



  11. Huh
    9:23 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only one that thinks it would be hilarious if the Cats just refused to pass to Parker the whole game?



  12. zod
    9:29 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    2: Got to agree with that. Lee had 7 triple doubles on the season. He could well be as good as Noel.

    http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/rEICBPNvnkKpgK0TZEsgPQ/basketball-winter-12-13/stats-marcus-lee.htm



  13. 430 West Vine
    9:53 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Those guys do not look good in red. McDonald’s really needs a new color scheme. Anybody else snag a handful of those blue and white straws they were using in Lexington at the start of the season?



  14. Blueswade
    11:30 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    My goodness guys….
    Who just shot?
    Who just passed the ball?
    Who just stole the ball?
    Uniforms suck…can’t tell who is who.
    Commentary is just a bunch of worthless noise.
    This game is hyped so much, but the production is horrible!!!
    …..sorry to be so negative, but that’s just how I see it.



  15. Ap
    11:35 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    James Young please cut your hair, because everytime I see you I think of Saul Smith.



  16. Bizzarro World
    11:51 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I came out thinking Dakari could be the next Nazr.