The most historical aspect of tonight’s McDonald’s All-American game was the attendance, 19,909; highest in the all-star series history. The East All-Stars triumphed 111-96. This is the first time a squad failed to hit the C-note since the 2006 East team scored 94 in San Diego.
The East was led by game co-MVP James McAdoo, a North Carolina recruit, and one of the top rated players in the country, who scored 17 points on 8-13 shooting. Florida recruit Brad Beal tied McAdoo for the game high in scoring.
“It’s a dream come true, just to play in this game in front of 20,000 people. I just went out there with the mindset to make shots and try to grab some rebounds. I didn’t do as well as I should, but it’s all good, and it all ended up well,” McAdoo said.
In the Girls game, held right before the Boys game, the MVP, Elizabeth Williams, a Duke commit, hailed from the same town as McAdoo.
“She’s a great player, she dominated the girls game from what I saw,” McAdoo exclaimed.
Williams finished with 23 points on 10-18 shooting and 11 rebounds.
McAdoo shared the award with Michael Gilchrist, a Kentucky recruit (yes, the rich do indeed get richer don’t they?) who had 16 points and 12 rebounds. The only other player in the game to have a double double was Pittsburgh recruit Khem Birch, who also drew a lot of attention for his wardrobe.
Not only did he wear a shirt underneath his jersey, but it was a long sleeve shirt. Hey, it is a hockey arena after all. Other players impressing the crowd were Duke recruit Quinn Cook. Who’s undersized, but consistently displayed a great first step on his way to finishing with 14 points.
But Gilchrist might have been the most impressive of all on the court. A member of the media asked him to emote about his MVP performance.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m kind of nervous, but I had a lot of fun on the court with these guys. I don’t do this media stuff like that; I’m here just to be here,” Gilchrist responded.
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