McDonald's All-American Game 2013: Top Recruits and Video Highlights

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McDonald's All-American Game 2013: Top Recruits and Video Highlights

The 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game is one of the most highly anticipated events in the high school basketball scene.

It’s a right of passage for many of these young men, a number who will go on to star at a big-time college and some already pegged as future NBA superstars. While the expectations can be a bit much, we’ll get a chance to see if these young men can live up to the hype on Wednesday night.

Let’s take a look at where you can catch the action, check out the complete rosters and then highlight the cream of the crop in this contest.

 

When:  Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 9:30 p.m. ET

Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

TV: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3 (check coverage map)

 

East Roster (via ESPN)

Player

247 Composite Ranking

High School

College

Anthony Barber

21

Hampton 

NC State 

Keith Frazier

30 

Kimball 

SMU

Kasey Hill

8

Montverde Academy

Florida

Demetrius Jackson

25 

Marian High 

Notre Dame 

Andrew Wiggins

1

Huntington Prep

Undecided

Isaiah Hicks

13 

J F Webb 

North Carolina 

Rondae Jefferson 

14 

Chester 

Arizona 

Wayne Selden 

17 

Tilton School 

Kansas 

Noah Vonleh 

New Hampton School

Indiana 

Chris Walker 

10 

Holmes County 

Florida 

Dakari Johnson 

11 

Montverde Academy 

Kentucky 

Kennedy Meeks 

49 

West Charlotte 

North Carolina 

Julius Randle

2

PrestonwoodChristian

Kentucky

 

West Roster

Player

247 Composite Ranking

High School

College

Isaac Hamilton

22 

St. John Bosco 

UTEP

Aaron Harrison 

Travis 

Kentucky 

Andrew Harrison

Travis 

Kentucky

Matt Jones 

32 

DeSoto 

Duke 

Nigel Williams-Goss 

41 

Findlay Prep 

Washington 

Jabari Bird 

18 

Salesian 

California 

Aaron Gordon 

Archbishop Mitty 

Arizona

Jarrell Martin 

12

Madison 

LSU 

Jabari Parker 

Simeon 

Duke 

James Young 

Rochester 

Kentucky 

Marcus Lee 

15

Deer Valley 

Kentucky 

Bobby Portis Jr. 

16 

Hall 

Arkansas

 

Top Recruits and Highlights

Andrew Wiggins

The top player in the Class of 2013 had an absolutely incredible 2012-13 campaign and earned the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year for his efforts.

This 6’8” swingman put up 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game while leading Huntington Prep in West Virginia to a 30-3 record.

He can do everything required from his small forward position on the court, including shoot, drive, dish and defend.

Wiggins, a Canadian native, has yet to choose where he will attend college for the upcoming season, but it seems likely that it will just be for a token season before he advances to the NBA.

Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and UNC fans are all eagerly awaiting his decision, even if they know it's probable he'll jump to the pros after a one-and-done year.

Just roll the tape on this kid and you will see an immensely talented prospect with incredible upside and insane skills. He’s a likely MVP candidate in Wednesday night’s exhibition game.

 

Julius Randle

Randle is on his way to Kentucky this fall to help John Calipari’s team reload after a down season. Before he heads to Lexington, this Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) star is going to show his stuff in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

The 6’9” power forward is a unique talent who isn’t afraid to fire away with his left-handed jumper, explode toward the rim and finish strong around it. He handles the rock with ease and sets up teammates with his above-average passing skills.

He’s going to eventually need to slide down to the 3 or bulk up to play the 4 in the NBA, but for now he’s perfectly fine dominating foes at the high school level and will soon be doing so for the Wildcats.

 

Jabari Parker

Duke fans that haven’t been following the recruiting scene will be thrilled to know that Parker is heading to Durham this fall and is the gem of coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Class of 2013 haul.

The Simeon (Chicago) standout is a versatile player that excels in many different facets of the game. He has an extremely high basketball I.Q., takes efficient shots and drives to the hoop when the situation calls for it. He possesses range from anywhere on the court and at 6’8”, has the size and athleticism to play defense and rebound well for the SF position.

While he has some areas to improve upon (ball-handling and strength), Parker is the complete package and will likely be one of the best players on the Blue Devils’ roster this coming season.

Add in the fact that he is a winner (four-time state champion, two-time Illinois Mr. Basketball) and you have a recipe for success.

 

Aaron Gordon

Gordon is one of the most athletic players in this class and put those skills on display in Monday night’s Powerade Jam Fest.

While he didn’t win, he put on quite a show and has people excited to see what he can do in game situations.

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This Arizona commit from Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) is a high-upside forward with prototypical height and explosiveness. He’s unstoppable in the paint and around the rim on both ends of the court and is capable of running point-forward.

While he’s an excellent rebounder, ball-handler and passer for his size, our one knock on Gordon is his tendency to try and start a one-man fast break instead of throwing an outlet pass or finding the PG in transition.

Once he gets a bit more under control under coach Sean Miller in Tucson, Gordon could become one of the best players and top NBA prospects in the 2014 draft.

 

Lead image courtesy of wildcatbluenation.com.

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