McDonald's All-American Game 2013: Andrew Wiggins Proves His Elite Status

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2013

Apr 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonald's All American East forward Andrew Wiggins (22) dribbles the ball against McDonald's All American West forward Jabari Parker (22) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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So that's what all the fuss is about.

Not that anyone doubted him, but Andrew Wiggins made sure to remind everyone why he's No. 1 at the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game.

Although Aaron Gordon stole the show, Wiggins was getting plenty of buzz due to his performance on the court. Onlookers were left with no question whatsoever as to why all the top teams in the country are salivating at the chance to have Wiggins suit up next year.

The hype had mostly been built around Wiggins versus Jabari Parker. Parker is generally considered to be the second-best player in the country. It was enjoyable seeing the two go right at each other. They seem to have a friendly rivalry and were matching up for much of their time on the court together.

In terms of numbers and overall performance, Wiggins easily outshone him, finishing with 19 points to Parker's 10. He was clearly the better player and worked on both ends of the court.

These kinds of All-Star games are usually nothing more than exhibitions. The NBA All-Star Game is the biggest perpetrator of this. It's not all that fun to see guys just going through the motions.

On Wednesday night, you saw a little more effort from the players, with Wiggins as one of those who stood out. He got back on defense and took it upon himself to lock down on the opposition.

It's scary to think how good he'll be when he plays games that matter next year.

At 6'8", you almost forget how tall Wiggins is. His game is so far advanced for somebody his size. With his ball handling, he looks like a guard. It just illustrates the fact he's a freakish athlete.

Offensively, he's also pretty advanced in his game. Not simply someone who relies solely on penetrating to score his points, Wiggins has very good range and is a competent shooter from just about anywhere in his half of the court.

The one thing negative to say about Wiggins from the All-American Game is that he didn't take the game over like you might have expected him to do. Wiggins worked hard and had a very good performance, but he seemed happy to cede the spotlight to someone like Gordon.

With so many highlights already, though, you can't begrudge Wiggins for thinking his work is done. He could have gone 0-of-50 from the floor, and his talent would still remain undeniable.


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