The best high school basketball players in the country descended on the United Center for the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game Wednesday night.
The West won, 110-99, with a solid performance on both ends of the court.
As with any All-Star game, defense was at a premium. Players were hustling in transition and challenging shots. Well, none of that really happened, but it was nowhere near the exhibition the NBA All-Star Game is every year.
While there were plenty of high school stars on the court, most eyes were likely glued on Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.
A Duke commit, Parker is almost universally regarded as the second-best recruit in the country. The Chicago native had a rather muted game, only going 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points.
Wiggins, the jewel of the 2013 class, has yet to decide on a school. He illustrated exactly why he's regarded as the best. There weren't a ton of fantastic plays that made you jump out of your chair, but he had a very good game, finishing with 19 points.
It got interesting during the game when Wiggins and Parker would oppose each other, as the two stars went right at each other.
Meanwhile, forward Aaron Gordon—who announced his commitment to Arizona at the game's media day—stole the show with his flashy dunks.
In one sequence, Gordon prepped for takeoff and attempted a between-the-legs dunk. He got everything right until the finish, as he hit front rim trying to throw it down.
He more than made up for that miss, dazzling the crowd with other impressive finishes throughout. For the game, he had 24 points and eight rebounds to earn the game's MVP honors. Nine of his made shots were dunks.
Aaron Gordon: A+
It's generally the athletic guys like him that look the best in games like this, and Gordon had plenty of unopposed paths right to the bucket.
Gordon's teammates were only too happy to defer to him for some sensational dunks.
Arizona's Sean Miller has to be left smiling. He's going to be a lot of fun to watch next year.
Andrew Wiggins: A-
With 19 points, Wiggins did a lot offensively, but what doesn't show up in the box score is his effort on the defensive end. He looked very good and actually exerted himself on both sides of the court.
Jabari Parker: B-
We didn't need to see Parker have a huge game to justify the hype—he's already done plenty to warrant top consideration.
In a game like this, though, you just wanted to see a little more from him, just in terms of a spectacle. No one is going to hold his performance against him, it was just a little bit of a disappointment considering how much hype the battle between him and Wiggins was getting.