The Cavs game’s on DVR for me tonight, and I’ll be updating this blog live during the 2010 McDonald’s All American Game…
Some Cavaliers related notes before we tip-off:
Danny Ferry – a 1985 McDonald’s All American – is a Current Advisory Council Member for the McDonald’s All American Games. The other five members of this six-member panel include Alonzo Mourning, Dwight Howard, Carlos Boozer, Candice Parker, and Quentin Richardson…
Besides Ferry and Boozer (’99), some other former Cavaliers to play in this game include Dajuan Wagner (who had his own shoe apparently which I saw this weekend…more on that later maybe) in 2001, and DeSagana Diop also in that year (’01)…Shannon Brown in (’03), Brad Daugherty played in 1982, Larry Hughes played in this game out of the Lou in 1997, and Shawn Kemp took the court – sans kids at the time - in 1988…there’s others, just naming a few…
LeBron in the ’03 game: LeBron scored 27 points for the East squad in 2003 which ranks 6th all time just behind Chris Webber’s 28 in 1991…Jordan scored 30 tens years earlier in 1981, and Jonathan Bender is the game’s alltime leading scorer with 31. Shaq in the 1989 game: O’Neal grabbed 16 rebouds for the West which ranks third all-time behind Sam Perkins and Othella Harrington…O’Neal also had 6 blocks…
2010 McDonald’s All American Game Starting Fives:
#11 Kyrie Irving – West Orange, NJ - Duke
#31 Tobias Harris – Dix Hill, NY - Tennessee
#35 Reggie Bullock – Kinston, NC – North Carolina
#34 Jared Sullinger – Columbus, OH – Ohio State
# 1 Terrance Jones – Portland, OR – Undecided
#11 Brandon Knight – Coral Springs, FL – Undecided
#13 Fab Melo – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Syracuse
#20 Doron Lamb – Laurelton, NY – Undecided
# 40 Harrison Barnes – Ames, IA – North Carolina
Final Score from Value City Arena: West 107 – East 104
1st Half Thoughts:
Jared Sullinger is the top-rated center in the country at 6’9″ but on his first made basket of the game he showed all his new friends down here in Columbus that he has no problem stepping out and knocking down a three. He’d score six more points to finish the half 3 of 6 from the field for 9 points.
Harrison Barnes had maybe the best dunk of the half on a break-away, and currently has his eye on that 31 point all-time high mark set by Jonathan Bender. He’s heading to the locker room with 15 first half points. There’s only so much you can tell about a player in an All Star game like this, but this kid has seperated himself so far in this first half…heads to UNC next season.
My boy Deshaun Thomas got blocked on one dunk attempt, and kinda got off to a slow start in the first half, but did come back strong to finish one off at the rim hard with two hands later on. He ended up with 4 points in the first half on only four attempts.
Joshua Smith – out of Kent, WA – is a huge kid. He’s 6’10″ and – roughly - 280, but he can move. Runs up and down the court like its no problem, and he was quick the one time he caught it posted up in the paint one-on-one. Big fella spun quick for a nice turnaround move off the board, he has 4 and looks to be a presence for UCLA in the paint next season.
Tobias Harris (6’8″ F) has 13 to lead the East squad and looks to team up with Bruce Pearl and company next season at Tennessee.
Kyrie Irving had probably the best move of the first half on a pass fake behind the back, followed by a finish at the rim…the Duke recruit has 11 at halftime.
They showed a new Dwight Howard – LBJ – Larry Bird McDonald’s commercial too on the jumbotron…funny commercial, if I can find video of it I’ll post it later this week.
East leads the West 59 – East 51 at Halftime
Also…Demarcus Cousins is courtside, and I’m sitting next to these guys from some Kentucky newspaper…they’re figuring Calipari will end up landing four of the seven guys in this game currently undecided, and also only expects four players back off his roster from this past season…so that’s Patterson, Orton, Bledsoe, and a few others I never even heard of joining Wall and Cousins as draft eligible. Calipari must have cut their pay after they failed to win it all this season and everyone is trying to find work elsewhere.
East MVP Jared Sullinger Post Game
2nd Half Thoughts:
Overall the first half was more exciting than the second, which is a nice way of saying the second half was kinda boring. However, it did come down to the wire, and Brandon Knight won it when he knocked his defender to the floor with his shoulder, stepped back, and buried a three as time expired to give his West squad the 107-104 win. Credit the kid for knowing they aren’t calling any fouls like that in an All Star Game at the buzzer, as well as stepping back and knocking down a tough shot to win it.
Coming in, I was secretly rooting for my guy Thomas to win the MVP, but he never really got going. He looked good in spurts, looked like he was playing in an unorganized All Star Game at other times, and ended up finishing with 11 points on 10 shots. His last two was an alley oop finish though, that drew an ovation from his future fans, who will have more chances to cheer for him in the coming season.
Speaking of future fans, they all voted B for Jared Sullinger when the Jumbotron ‘text the MVP contest’ appeared on the board. Not a bad pick, kid finished with a game-high 22. Rounding out that top three was Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving. The East MVP was Sullinger, and the West MVP was Barnes. If I had to rank those three overall, I’d go Barnes, Sullinger, Irving. That’s UNC, OSU, Duke respectively. Sullinger will be a stud, but the Barnes kid just looks like a superstar to me. Check my blog in 8 years to see if I’m right.
Irving finished with 13, and Barnes finished with 18. Josh Selby (undecided on his college choice from Baltimore) and Brandon Knight (also undecided) finished with 13 apiece, Knight being the one that cashed in that aforementioned game winner. Perry Jones III – a 6’11″ athletic freak – will fit right in with those athletes at Baylor that look like they could take the floor in an NBA game talent-wise. He had two serious finishes in the second half…one in the half court with two hands, and one in transition with one.
And that will do it…Eric Flannery’s West Squad beats Dru Joyce’s East by three…until next year.
Statlines for the game:
Points – Rebounds – Assists
East – Jared Sullinger (Ohio State): 22 – 7 – 3
East – Tobias Harris (Tennessee): 13-4-2
East – Kyrie Irving (Duke): 13-2-2
East – Josh Selby (Undecided): 13-2-3
East – Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State): 11-7-3
West – Harrison Barnes (North Carolina): 18-5-1
West – Terrance Jones (Undecided): 14-3-0
West – Doron Lamb (Undecided): 12-2-0
West – Jereme Richmond (Illinois): 11-3-2
West – Joshua Smith (UCLA): 10-6-0
* For my interview with Deshaun Thomas, click here.