The 2013 McDonald's All American game is divided into two rosters—an East and West team. However, there's no denying that it's the individual performances that will draw our close eye on April 3.
Specifically, the one-on-one matchups that will be on display in Chicago will be the ones that will demand the most attention in the wake of this year's most decorated high school All-Star game.
Basketball is an isolation-heavy game these days, as the AAU complex and flash that now exudes in the NBA has trickled down all the way to the high school ranks.
It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it puts a greater emphasis on the individual skills of college basketball recruits and what they bring to the table.
That being said, there's going to be plenty of talent on display during this year's game, and both the East and West roster will offer something different to the collective table. Here's a look at some offensive-defensive showdowns that will grab the ire of our focus.
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The Harrison Twins (guards) vs. G Wayne Selden
Andrew and and Aaron Harrison will be on the West team this year, and the Kentucky commits are two of the hottest guard prospects in the country. They chose Kentucky and head coach John Calipari in October (per ESPN), and will be on the short list of players most likely to declare after the 2014 NCAA season just by their choice of school.
Andrew plays point guard while his brother plays shooting guard. However, the pair both stand around 6'5", and there's a good chance they'll have to guard multiple positions in college.
Enter Selden, the Kansas commit who has one of the most NBA-ready bodies (6'5", 220 pounds) in this year's class. His ability to overpower defenders will be an interesting contrast against the more athletically praised Harrison twins.
When you factor in the Kansas-Kentucky rivalry and the fact that this year's roster doesn't have many guards to choose from, the individual showdown between these guards should be one of the best of the day in Chicago.
F/C Marcus Lee vs. C Dakari Johnson
Both Lee and Johnson are headed to Kentucky, but we won't get a chance to see these two play against each other again (practice excluded) until both reach the NBA (lofty goals, I know).
Lee is on the West squad and hails from California. That's a stark contrast to Johnson, who plays his high school ball on the other side of the country in Florida.
However, both will be Wildcats for the next four—err, at least one—years, and this showdown could turn into a matchup about pride and bragging rights heading into fall practice. No doubt Calipari will be keeping a watchful eye with five of his commits slated to play on April 3, but this matchup will be particularly interesting for both the head coach and his fan base alike.
F Jabari Parker vs. F Andrew Wiggins
Wiggins is playing on the East team, and he's rated by many as the No. 1 prospect in this year's class (a place he holds at 247Sports.com).
Parker is also a top commit in this year's class, and he's as high as No. 2 on ESPN's Top 100 list. He is currently at No. 6 in the 247 Sports rankings, but that doesn't change his status as one of the highest-profile recruits in the country.
Both prospects are small forwards. Both stand right around 6'7"-6'8" and have the skills to carry a program at the next level. For Parker, that program is Duke, as he committed to the school earlier in this process.
Wiggins has yet to decide from a list that includes Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, and his college choice will be a hot topic until his signature is faxed in to the athletic office of his choice.
In the meantime, prepare to look forward to the fireworks when each of these two kids has the ball. Between Wiggins and Parker, there could be some serious gamesmanship going on at the 2013 McDonald's All American game.
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