ATLANTA– The 41st annual McDonald’s All-American Game didn’t disappoint. The contest went down to the wire with the West hanging on to a 131-128 win. DieHards recaps the five best performances from the all-star game at Philips Arena.
Nassir Little told me that he’s going to bring a “different level of athleticism” to North Carolina next year. His athleticism was evident and he stood out throughout the all-star game. Little can score inside and outside. The small forward is a player who can impact a game on the defensive end as well. He was the star amongst stars on Wednesday night.
Little won MVP for the game. He led all scorers with 28 points and added 5 rebounds.
RJ Barrett showed why he is the No. 1 ranked player in the 2018 class per 247Sports. Barrett and Little were the best players on the court on Wednesday night. The Duke-bound forward’s athleticism stands out. He can get to the rim, has good range and has the ability to be an impact player on both ends of the court. He’s the type of two-way players teams covet.
Jordan Brown quietly had 26 points for the West team. The undecided forward from Roseville, Calif., is going to have college coaches being very persistent after his performance in Atlanta. Brown was 13 of 19 from the field and also had a team-high 8 rebounds.
Romeo Langford was another undecided player who made a statement on Wednesday. The guard from New Albany, Ind., was the East team’s second-leading scorer with 19 points. He stuck his nose inside to grab 6 rebounds. College coaches are going to be antsy awaiting Langford’s decision.
Jordan Perry/Quentin Grimes
Jordan Perry and Quentin Grimes both deserve to be mentioned for their performances on Wednesday. Perry (Mississippi State) had 15 points and Grimes (Kansas) chipped in with 14. The two along with Little spearheaded the West team’s second-half rally. Perry, Grimes and Little made plays at both ends of the court to propel the West to victory.