2018 McDonald's All-American Game: Report Card for Every Player

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2018

2018 McDonald's All-American Game: Report Card for Every Player

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    After seven years at the United Center in Chicago, the McDonald's All-American Game shifted to Atlanta in 2018. While the setting changed, however, the star power was no different Wednesday at Philips Arena.

    Nassir Little earned MVP honors, and the West notched a victory in the exhibition for the third straight year.

    The showcase featured 24 of the highest-rated high school prospects, and we graded every player's performancethough three received an incomplete.

    The grades are not indicative of our projection for these players. Just as an "A" doesn't guarantee excellence at the next level, a "C" isn't meant to suggest the talented prospect will be a bust. We're only looking at what happened Wednesday.

    Defense wasn't a significant part of the evaluation because it wasn't a major factor in the game, either.  

A's

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    Nassir Little
    Nassir LittleKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Nassir Little, North Carolina

    Highlighted by a one-handed alley-oop, Nassir Little put together an impressive game around the rim. He also followed a missed shot with an emphatic dunk and twice finished through contact for a bucket. The MVP amassed 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting.

         

    R.J. Barrett, Duke

    R.J. Barrett showed off an explosive first step throughout the night. And with defenders providing minimal effort, he regularly attacked the rim. Barrett had several crafty finishes at the rimincluding an and-1 at the end of the first halfand scored 26 points.

         

    Romeo Langford, Uncommitted

    Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt are the three finalists for Romeo Langford, and he offered a clear reminder of why he's a valued prospect. Langford hammered home a one-handed dunk and displayed great touch at the rim for 19 points. He even whipped a behind-the-head pass for an assist while falling out of bounds.

          

    Keldon Johnson, Kentucky

    After a quiet opening 20 minutes, Keldon Johnson made his presence felt during the second half. He went coast-to-coast for a soaring one-handed slam, finished an alley-oop and dropped in a finger roll. Johnson also stuffed a poor shot from Langford and a go-ahead attempt by Barrett with 13 seconds remaining.

           

    Jordan Brown, Uncommitted

    During the last minute, Jordan Brown had a pair of go-ahead dunks for the West. Considering he spent the entire night under the rim, it was a fitting finish for the available prospect. Brown racked up 26 points on 13-of-19 shooting, adding eight rebounds.

          

    David McCormack, Kansas

    In perhaps one of the quietest double-doubles possible, David McCormack had two highlight-worthy plays mixed into a productive night. His windmill and putback slam drew brief attention, but he otherwise silently tallied 14 points and 10 boards.

         

    Reggie Perry, Mississippi State

    Though a graphic erroneously pegged Reggie Perry to Duke, the Mississippi State-bound forward is going to make a bunch of cowbell fanatics happy. He knocked down a deep three as part of his 15 total points and grabbed seven rebounds.

B's

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    Zion Williamson and Jordan Brown
    Zion Williamson and Jordan BrownKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Tre Jones, Duke

    The brother of former Duke star Tyus, Tre Jones displayed exactly what you'd expect from a true point guard. His vision and passing ability were apparent in eight assiststhough in the laidback setting, a few careless turnovers also showed up.

          

    Zion Williamson, Duke

    As expected, Zion Williamson threw down a couple of his trademark powerful dunks. Finishing a layup in a 1-on-4 situation was impressive too. Making an impact outside of the lane will be his greatest area of improvement at Duke. He exited the game in the second half after injuring his thumb.

          

    Darius Bazley, Syracuse

    Syracuse desperately needs three-point shooters, and Darius Bazley looks capable of providing that long-range impact. He tossed up a couple of ugly attempts but buried two trifectas, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds.

         

    Devon Dotson, Kansas

    The near-complete lack of defense perfectly suited Devon Dotson's ability on offense. The Kansas-bound point guard pushed the pace every time he touched the ball, and he sprinted past the defense for two easy layups, a jumper and an effortless assist.

          

    Cam Reddish, Duke

    Cam Reddish took advantage of hero offense with five steals and painless passes to cherry-pickers, so his impact was a little inflated. However, his corner three and breakaway stuff stood out as critical plays in earning the victory for the West. Reddish was 1-of-4 beyond the arc and 5-of-10 overall for 11 points.

          

    Darius Garland, Vanderbilt

    When he whipped a left-handed pass and immediately looked to the sideline early in the exhibition, it was apparent Darius Garland had highlights on the brain. That vision and passing led to a game-high 11 assists for the future Vanderbilt star. But he missed all seven shots, including the potential tying three at the buzzer.

         

    Jalen Smith, Maryland

    During the opening half, it seemed Jalen Smith was one of the few players even semi-interested in playing defense. He had two impressive blocks, including one where his long reach turned aside a hanging layup. Smith drained a couple of jumpers too.

         

    E.J. Montgomery, Uncommitted

    In 18 minutes, E.J. Montgomery collected 12 points thanks to a 6-of-8 mark from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot. There was nothing particularly special about Montgomery's game, but he was steady.

          

    Quentin Grimes, Kansas

    The good moments were sensational, and the bad were pretty ugly. Quentin Grimes whipped a gorgeous half-court bounce pass for an assist and connected on a couple of threes. However, he also air-balled a three and clanged another one off the backboard.

         

    Nazreon Reid, LSU

    Nazreon Reid sure loves the spin move. And at his size, if a defender isn't positioned well enough to react, it's hugely difficult to stop. Reid executed the spin a couple of times for layups but also stuck himself in traffic. He also smashed a windmill attempt off the back iron. Probably the most impressive missed dunk of the night.

          

    Moses Brown, UCLA

    Despite playing a game-low 13 minutes, Moses Brown did plenty of good things. Other than missing a three and bonking an ugly jumper, he finished 5-of-8 with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks.

C's

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    Jahvon Quinerly, Villanova

    The exciting point guard had a rough showing. In the first half, Jahvon Quinerly misfired on all five shots. He connected on a triple after the break, but that ended up being his only scoring. Quinerly went 1-of-7 with four assists and two turnovers.

          

    Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky

    On the bright side, Immanuel Quickley dished eight assists. While that's objectively true, he benefited from nonexistent defense on several passes. Quickley was 0-of-2 from the floor and 3-of-4 at the free-throw line, plus he had four turnovers.

          

    Coby White, North Carolina

    While his fellow future Tar Heel stole the show, Coby White had a relatively silent game. The sharpshooter managed a 2-of-5 clip from long distance and went 2-of-8 overall, providing six points and two rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

Incompletes

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    Bol Bol and Louis King, Oregon

    Although Ducks fans would rather see both players healthy, they certainly must've been disappointed not to see either star prospect take the floor. Bol Bol is nursing an ankle injury, and Louis King is working back from an issue with his meniscus.

         

    Simisola Shittu, Vanderbilt

    Vanderbilt had a pair of McDonald's All-Americans in Garland and Simi Shittu, but the latter was unavailable due to an ACL tear. The hope is he'll be ready for the beginning of the regular season.