MVP Nassir Little Joins Michael Jordan Among McDonald's All-American Top Scorers

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2018

CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 20: A basketball with the logo of the North Carolina Tar Heels during a North Carolina game against the Wofford Terriers on December 20, 2017 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Wofford won 75-79. (Photo by Peyton Williams/UNC/Getty Images)
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In a game that showcased some of the top high school basketball talent in the country, it was North Carolina commit Nassir Little who managed to steal the show.

Sorry, Zion Williamson.

The Orlando Christian Prep star dropped 28 points in a 131-128 West victory over the East in the 2018 McDonald's All-American Game Wednesday. That put him with a fellow Tar Heel in elite company, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:

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North Carolina commit Nassir Little scored 28 points in the McDonald's All-American Boys Game, tied for 3rd-most in the event's 41-year history. Only Jonathan Bender (31) and Michael Jordan (30) scored more.

Per 247Sports, Little is a 5-star prospect and the sixth-best recruit in the class of 2018.

Little went an impressive 12-of-17 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from three-point range, in 21 minutes, as the box score shared by Andrew Slater of The Athletic showed. You better believe the folks in Chapel Hill liked what they saw:

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Another MVP in Chapel Hill @2ez_nassie 💪🤙 #CarolinaFamily #McDAAG https://t.co/lTRsbKSP6B

As a video tweeted out by Overtime showed, the 6'7", 205-pound forward was a force on the court on this night:

There were plenty of promising players in this game. However, not many were on Little's level, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tyler Dragon noted:

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Nassir Little and RJ Barrett are easily the best players on the court at the McDonald's All-American Game.

After making back-to-back championship games and cutting down the nets in 2017, North Carolina was upset by the Texas A&M Aggies in the second round of the 2018 NCAA tournament. Little will be a welcomed addition to a Tar Heels squad that is losing seniors Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson.

Little leads a North Carolina class that 247Sports ranks as the eighth-best in the country. The Tar Heels have plenty of talent as it is, but adding Little and fellow McDonald's All-American Coby White to the roster will help make up for the loss of key players.


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