Aaron Gordon steals the show at McDonald's All-America game
It was a pretty good 48 hours for Aaron Gordon. A day after the five-star small forward committed to Arizona, he put on a show at the McDonald's All-American Game, earning MVP honors.
Gordon scored a game-high 24 points, along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals, delighting the crowd with a slew of monstrous dunks that may have caused many to reconsider Gordon's fifth-place finish in the Powerade Jam Fest on Monday. His highlight-reel performance helped the West cruise to a 110-99 victory over the East.
Gordon broke a 30-30 tie midway through the first half with a dunk, sparking a 13-2 run that gave the West the lead for good. The East closed within four points late in the second half but never managed to claw its way back.
Gordon began his personal dunkfest less than three minutes into the game and finished his 24 minutes of involvement with a powerful finish on an alley-oop from Nigel Williams-Goss. In between were a double-clutch reverse jam and a 360 dunk, among other rim-rattling slams. Just about the only play that didn't go well for Gordon was an attempted through-the-legs dunk on a fast break on which Gordon's finish clanged off the front rim.
The phenomenal performance from the future Wildcat stole the spotlight from local sensation Jabari Parker. Parker, the No. 3 recruit in the nation, easily drew the loudest applause from the crowd in his hometown Chicago.
"It was like homecoming," Parker said. "That's all I wanted to do: Be there and represent the city of Chicago."
The Duke-bound recruit struggled with his shot, hitting on just four of 13 attempts for 10 points, but attacked the boards to rack up eight rebounds and played impressive defense, picking up two steals and two blocks.
Andrew Wiggins backed up his reputation as the top recruit in his draft class, leading the East with 19 points and four rebounds. Wiggins demonstrated the depth of his skill set, stroking midrange jumpers and getting to the rim for layups and dunks despite often being guarded by Parker.
"Going against Jabari is just the best going against the best," said Wiggins, who is still undecided on his college team. "I look forward to doing it in the future."
In the exhibition format, all players saw significant time on the floor. Here are several players in addition to Gordon, Parker and Wiggins, who shined Wednesday night.
The Harrisons hooked up for an early alley-oop, and Andrew scored from all spots on the floor, showing off his midrange and outside jumper.