McDonald's All-American Game 2013 Roster: Stars Likely to Take Home MVP Honors
There's more to high school basketball than Andrew Wiggins.
Well, OK, not much more, but in what is arguably the best recruiting class of the past decade, there's a little bit of talent behind the consensus No. 1 player in the land.
Wiggins is a special player capable of doing some unimaginable things on a basketball court, but with guys like Julius Randle (who ended up not being selected), Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Andrew and Aaron Harrison and Kasey Hill set to join him in the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game, MVP honors are far from a lock for the talented Canadian.
Let's take a closer look at just a few of the many candidates to follow in the footsteps of Chris Webber, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James and, most recently, Shabazz Muhammad.
Note: A complete look at the entire rosters can be found here.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, Huntington Prep (Huntington Prep, W.Va.)
Wiggins is a scorer, and scorers tend to win MVP awards at All-Star games:
It doesn't really matter what you give him, either. He can step out and hit the mid-range jumper or three-pointer with consistency.
If you get out and pressure him, the 6'8", 190-pound athletic specimen has the quickness to put the ball on the floor, beat you off the dribble and embarrass you with a monster slam.
And by "monster," I, of course, mean jaw-dropping, make-you-jump-off-your-couch, eyes-at-the-rim, put-this-on-a-poster dunk:
Moreover, you can bet that all of the supremely talented point guards in this one will be throwing Wiggins an alley-oop every chance they get.
Jabari Parker, SF, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.)
Parker has lost a bit of steam after Sports Illustrated called him "the best high school basketball player since LeBron James," but in case you forgot, the future Duke Blue Devil is still really good:
Much like Wiggins, Parker can score from anywhere on the court. He can step out and hit the jumper, slash his way into the lane and use his NBA-ready body (6'8", 220 pounds) to finish with contact or even post up smaller defenders.
Who will win MVP?
Parker isn't as nearly as flashy as Wiggins, which could hurt him in an All-Star game, but it's difficult not to fall in love with his game at first glance.
He lets the game come to him, doesn't force anything, has a high basketball IQ and will take whatever the defense gives him.
To put it simply, his game is as smooth as a kitten's tongue is not.
Parker may not lead the game in scoring, but expect an impressive, all-around effort, as he often does whatever it takes to win.
Rondae Jefferson, Chester HS (Chester, Pa.)
I originally had Julius Randle here, but thanks to a season-long injury, the dominant big man wasn't selected.
Instead, let's go with Jefferson, simply because he can do things like this:
Yeah, that'll do just fine.
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