McDonald's All American Game 2013: Players to Watch in Hyped Showcase
The 2013 McDonald's All American Game tips off on April 3 at Chicago's United Center, featuring some of the best basketball recruits in this year's class.
Whether you are looking for a high-scorer or a player who can weave his way through defenses to set up his teammates, there's a little bit of something for everyone in this year's showcase.
Surprise, surprise, a couple of the top recruits have already committed to Kentucky. However, there is still one premier recruit who hasn't decided where he'll go to school yet.
Here's a look at some players to watch in the 2013 McDonald's All American Game on April 3.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, Undecided
Born in Canada, Andrew Wiggins is a special player. Ranked No. 1 overall in the 2013 recruiting class by 247Sports.com, the 6'8", 195-pounder is a long, athletic, skilled and versatile prospect.
Wiggins' athleticism and versatility allow him to play shooting guard, small forward and power forward. He's, to put it simply, an elite athlete. He can explode to the rim and dunk it over a defender, stroke it from three-point range or pull up and knock down the midrange jumper.
Wiggins averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in his senior season at Huntington Prep, which led to him being named the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in West Virginia.
The youngster, who also has NBA pedigree, will have to work on his passing skills, but he has the tools to start from day one in college.
Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
Julius Randle has a wide variety of ways he can hurt you. He has the explosiveness, finishing ability and touch around the hoop to be a handful driving to the basket, and he also has a nice midrange game. Beyond that, he's a guy who simply has a knack for the rebound, using his smarts and athletic ability to clean up the glass.
Randle's arsenal is also impressive for his age. He not only has some nice power moves, he can also hit the fadeaway. You combine that with the fact that he appears comfortable scoring from any spot on the floor, and you have a potential star in the making.
The Dallas native could stand to add more consistency on the perimeter, but everything else about him screams "big-time player." That includes his temperament on the floor and his motor.
Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky
Point guard Andrew Harrison could form a formidable tandem with Julius Randle at Kentucky. The 6'5", 210-pounder has the size to stack up against the bigger guards in college basketball, as well as the length, fluidity and cutting ability to create havoc in the lane.
Beyond that, Harrison is an excellent rebounder at the position, and his size and defensive ability could make him a fantastic asset guarding multiple positions on the floor.
The Richmond, Tex., native does need to work on smoothing out his long-range game in a half-court set, but his ability to create for his teammates, competitiveness and toughness should make him a favorite at Kentucky in no time.
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