In one of the most highly-anticipated outings of the year, the most decorated prep athletes in the nation took part in the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game. The West team emerged victorious by a count of 110-99.
With that being said, players on both sides made statements—the question is, who were they and what schools are they headed to?
Everyone had their eyes on the top recruits in the nation, but it wasn't just the household names who stepped up. In fact, there were small-school recruits who stepped up in an equally as emphatic manner.
So which players shined during the McDonald's All-American Game? Let's find out.
Andrew Wiggins, Undeclared
Entering the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game, no player had quite as much to prove as Andrew Wiggins. As the hype mounts for his hoop mixtapes and dunk contest performances, Wiggins has become a superstar before he's even declared which school he's attending.
Wiggins backed the hype up with a 19-point performance.
Between his high-flying and one-on-one heroics, Wiggins was doing it all on the offensive end of the floor. The truth of the matter is, nothing was more impressive about Wiggins' game than his defensive brilliance.
The Twittersphere most certainly agreed.
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels
Is there a better defender in the country than Andrew Wiggins? Nope. Just ask Jabari Parker.4/4/2013, 3:01:23 AM
That's the bottom line.
Wiggins is an elite athlete who seems capable of doing any and everything on the offensive end of the floor. The fact that he's such an active and intelligent defender, however, is what sets him apart.
This was a statement performance by the nation's top recruit.
Aaron Gordon, Arizona Wildcats
Roughly 36 hours before the 2013 McDonald's All-American game, the recruiting landscape changed significantly when Aaron Gordon committed to the Arizona Wildcats (via AZCentral.com). Some were unclear what type of player Gordon could be.
Those people understand after watching the McDonald's All-American game.
Gordon was sensational, scoring a game-high 24 points as he led the West team to victory. In turn, Gordon received MVP honors and high-praise from the Twittersphere.
Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports was one of the many to offer up their sentiments on this young man's abilities.
Doug Gottlieb @GottliebShow
Aaron Gordon is a beast. That is all #Beardown4/4/2013, 3:36:04 AM
Anyone care to disagree?
Gordon has been praised as an athletic monster since recruiters first took note of him. What this game revealed, however, is just how well-rounded Gordon truly is.
This was as great of a breakout performance as we could have imagined for the future Arizona Wildcat.
Bobby Portis Jr., Arkansas Razorbacks
Entering the 2013 McDonald's All-American game, the hype was surrounding players from an SEC school. That college happens to be the University of Kentucky, where six McDonald's All-Americans have already committed to.
When the game was all said and done, however, it was another SEC performer who had made the biggest splash—Arkansas commit Bobby Portis Jr.
Portis Jr. was superb, scoring 12 points for the West team and helping them to a 110-99 victory. Although Portis Jr. does not have the name of a Harrison Twin or Julius Randle, he did prove to be an elite prospect.
Even when he wasn't scoring, Portis Jr. always seemed to have his head up as he looked for the next big play. It may not have been an Aaron Gordon type of performance, but Portis Jr. made a resounding statement during this game.
He'll have a chance to do it again when he takes on Kentucky in SEC play during the 2013-14 season.
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