2015 McDonald's All American Game: Report Card for Every Player

Brendan O'Meara@@BrendanOMearaFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2015

2015 McDonald's All American Game: Report Card for Every Player

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    Cheick Diallo was named the McDonald's All American Game MVP.
    Cheick Diallo was named the McDonald's All American Game MVP.Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

    School's in session for these 24 players in the McDonald's All American Game. The East eclipsed the West, 111-91, behind Cheick Diallo's MVP performance. Diallo scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win.

    The game was ugly early. The nerves were palpable—air balls, turnovers, missed layups. Evan Daniels of Scout.com tweeted, "We are less than nine minutes into the McDonald's game. The teams are a combined 15-for-47 from the field. It's been ugly so far."

    That's understandable. As these players settled down, several made the extra pass and knocked down open shots. Big men floated hooks, and small forwards pulled up at the three-point line.

    No fools on this day. Read on to see who made the honor roll and who will have to be satisfied with a McFlurry.


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    Ben Simmons
    Ben SimmonsJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Cheick Diallo (Undecided)

    Diallo was a monster and the game's MVP. He disrupted the West's offense and got it done on his end of the floor. He scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting with 10 rebounds.

    He hustled up and down the floor and played hard on both ends. Diallo showed great body control, spinning through the paint to finish with touch.

    "He only has one block, but he alters so many shots around the rim," Jay Williams said on the ESPN broadcast.

    Grade: A+

    Ben Simmons (LSU)

    The No. 1 recruit in the country showed why he earned that designation. Simmons displayed deft touch in the paint with a baby hook and disrupted the opposing offense by getting his hands in passing lanes.

    He got up and down the floor faster than anyone.

    "There's no pressure," Simmons said during the ESPN broadcast. "I'm here to have some fun. I want to just show my versatility. I'm going to try to put on a show."

    What a passer too.

    Grade: A

    Brandon Ingram (Undecided)

    Ingram showed his tenacity in and around the hoop. He scored 13 points in the first half and 15 on the night.

    He's right-handed by nature, but he also showed the capacity to use the left hand to finish near the goal.

    As for college, "I'm considering all six schools on my list right now. Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State," Ingram said, according to Scott Phillips of College Basketball Talk. "I took all my visits. I'll take a couple of in-state visits when I get back home. And now I have a couple of in-homes."

    Grade: A

    Isaiah Briscoe (Kentucky)

    Briscoe was all over the ball. He pulled down a bunch of rebounds and scored five points early in the game.

    While resting on the bench, Briscoe said, "I'd like to play with Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman. I'm going to need someone on the wing to catch and shoot."

    Briscoe has that drive-and-kick ability. He's also got the drive, scoring 11 points with five boards and three dimes.

    Grade: A

    PJ Dozier (South Carolina)

    He wasn't interviewed or highlighted, but Dozier had a solid game, shooting 6-of-11 from the field for a total of 14 points.

    The fact that he shot over 50 percent is reason enough to give him a high grade. Four rebounds and three assists also reflect his game nicely.

    Grade: A


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    Stephen Zimmerman
    Stephen ZimmermanAssociated Press

    Ivan Rabb (Undecided)

    It’s down to two schools for Rabb: Cal and Arizona. One allows him to be "the man" and lead an up-and-coming program with a new staff, and the other lets him fall in rank.

    That's a decision he still has to make. In the meantime, the 6'11" center scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with six rebounds.

    Grade: B+

    Allonzo Trier (Arizona)

    Trier showed versatility by driving to the basket and shooting from within the arc.

    He drew hard fouls and could've scored many more points if he was more accurate from the field (he still scored 17).

    Trier also had an unforgivable air ball late in the second half. That brings his grade down a bit—that and taking 18 shots.

    Grade: B+

    Diamond Stone (Maryland)

    The biggest mark Stone left in Chicago was the shiner he gave a referee. He also had a decent game with 14 points and three rebounds.

    "I don't know, to be honest," Stone said about elbowing the ref. "It was black. It was gushing. I pointed to my muscles."

    Oh boy.

    Grade: B+

    Deyonta Davis (Michigan State)

    The 6'9" Branden Dawson replacement had a decent night with nine rebounds and six points on 3-of-5 shooting.

    He threw up an ugly air ball early in this game, but he recovered well.

    Grade: B

    Stephen Zimmerman (Undecided)

    Zimmerman received a pass, took a step and went up strong for a one-handed baseline dunk. It was a powerful move you'd expect from a 7-footer.

    Two possessions later he backed his defender down only to take a fadeaway jumper like he was Michael Jordan. You're 7'0". Use the height.

    He ended up with six points and six boards.

    Grade: B-

    Antonio Blakeney (LSU)

    Blakeney tried too hard. He looked rushed, and when he had the ball he looked desperate.

    Sometimes players in these showcases are concerned with getting "theirs," and Blakeney was in that category. He was 2-of-6 in the first half and didn't look comfortable like his future LSU teammate Simmons or even Briscoe, an upcoming SEC rival.

    Blakeney ended up with 14 points—nice on paper, but not a showstopping effort.

    Grade: B-


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    Jaylen Brown (left)
    Jaylen Brown (left)Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Jaylen Brown (Undecided)

    Brown may be one of the most coveted players in the country, but this guy went 0-of-5 from the free-throw line in the first half.

    He attacked the rim. That was good to see. He had a hard time finishing, though, and when he got freebies, he failed to cash in.

    Brown will have himself a nice career wherever he goes, but the McDonald's game wasn't his best effort.

    Grade: C+

    Dwayne Bacon (Florida State)

    Bacon was yet another one of the chuckers, shooting 5-of-14 from the field for 12 points on the night. He took several ugly shots in an effort to prove he has range. Mixed results.

    He really wanted to hit a three and couldn't, going 0-of-5 from beyond the arc.

    He wasn't alone by any stretch, so the fact that he managed five made field goals doesn't make his performance too wart-covered.

    Grade: C+

    Jawun Evans (Oklahoma State)

    Let's start with the silver lining: Evans made all four attempts from the free-throw line and had four assists.

    Now the cloud: He shot 1-of-8 from the field.

    Grade: C+

    Carlton Bragg (Kansas)

    Bragg's best moment came on a breakaway where he was able to throw down a relatively simple dunk. Beyond that he had little impact on the game, but at least he didn't botch his dunk like Thomas Bryant.

    Bragg scored nine points on the night.

    Grade: C+

    Caleb Swanigan (Undecided)

    Of the many missed shots on the night, Swanigan was able to pull down five rebounds in his time on the floor.

    He only scored two points while shooting 20 percent from the field. He also shot a three, which for a 275-pound center is just foolish.

    Grade: C

    Dedric Lawson (Memphis)

    Lawson was 0-of-2 from three and just 1-of-5 from the field on the night.

    He managed six rebounds and two assists for the East.

    Grade: C

    Chase Jeter (Duke)

    Jeter, along with PJ Dozier, led everyone with four fouls in a game where the referees ate their whistles.

    Jeter only managed five points on 1-of-4 shooting and one rebound. There weren't many shots to go around for the West with Trier taking up 18 shots and Ingram and Dozier tossing up 11 each.

    Grade: C

    Jalen Brunson (Villanova)

    Brunson was a bit of a chucker, going 2-of-7 overall. He wasn't alone, but because so many of these players threw up ill-advised shots, Brunson could have set himself apart by distributing the ball.

    Alas, where's the fun in that?

    Grade: C


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    Luke Kennard
    Luke KennardJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Malik Newman (Undecided)

    Newman scored his first point with just over 12 minutes left in the game.

    Newman is No. 4 in 247Sports' composite rankings, but he was a footnote on the night compared to many of the others. He was 0-of-4 in 11 minutes in the first half alone. He went 0-of-7 on the game.

    He made up for his subpar shooting by dishing five assists.

    Luke Kennard (Duke)

    Maybe this is unfair, but Kennard, a Duke commit, hit a three in the first half.

    He didn't call it. As in, he banked the rock in. It couldn't be heard on television, but Kennard got a mouthful from his opponent down the other end of the floor.

    Sorry, Kennard—maybe you'll follow in the footsteps of former Duke sharpshooters, but that bank cannot be forgiven.

    He did have a nice pull-up jumper late in the game that is more indicative of his abilities as a shooter.

    Thomas Bryant (Undecided)

    In the game's final seconds, he had a breakaway, threw the ball up to himself off the glass and missed the runway.

    A simple dunk would have done just fine.

    He was 3-of-4 from the field in the first half for six points.

    Henry Ellenson (Marquette)

    Ellenson, the No. 11 recruit, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, missed the McDonald's All American Game with a hand injury.

    Ellenson shared this, according to Josh Barnett at USA Today: "I won't be able to take part in the practices or the game because of my hand so it's been tough to watch. I broke it last week in the state semifinals and missed the state championship game. It got stuck in a jersey. It happened so fast. I heard it pop and it was broken."

    Ellenson watched the East romp over the West from the bench.

    Malachi Richardson (Syracuse)

    Here's all you need to know: 0-of-6 from the field, 0-of-5 from three-point land.


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