Aaron Gordon earns MVP at McDonald's All-America game
CHICAGO (AP) Aaron Gordon, who is committed to play at Arizona, scored 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the West to a 110-99 victory over the East in the McDonald's All-American game on Wednesday night.
In a game that featured an array of dunks, Gordon pleased the United Center crowd of 15,818 with a number of fast-break slams on his way to the MVP award.
Andrew Wiggins, considered the top recruit in the country, scored 19 points for the East and Dakari Johnson finished with 12.
The game featured six Kentucky commits: twin brothers Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison, Johnson, Marcus Lee, James Young and Julius Randle, who verbally committed a few weeks ago.
Wiggins, who is undecided, is considering Kentucky, along with Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State. A commitment from the Canadian prep star would give Kentucky coach John Calipari one of the best recruiting classes of all time.
Arkansas recruit Bobby Portis Jr. had 12 points for the West.
Gordon put the West up 74-54 on a reverse dunk to finish a break with 14:05 left. The East got the lead down to 89-80 on Keith Frazier's dunk and pair of free throws. Then Johnson got it to 94-90 with 4:40 left, but Gordon answered with another dunk for the West. He got the crowd on their feet with an alley-oop slam to put the West up 106-91.
Gordon announced on Tuesday that he will attend Arizona next fall.
The game also featured hometown star Jabari Parker.
Parker won four straight Illinois state championships with Simeon and was ranked as the top player in the class before Wiggins reclassified as a senior at the beginning of the school year.
Wiggins and Parker squared off most of the game and Parker finished with 10 points.
Parker's dad, Sonny, played in the NBA, and so did Wiggins' dad, Mitchell.
The West led by as many as 17 in the first half and was led by Gordon, who scored 14 points and Portis Jr. added 10. Wiggins scored 12 in the half for the East who trailed 56-44.