2019 McDonald's All-American Game: Report Cards for Every Player
The 2019 edition of the McDonald's All-American Game didn't feature much offensive organization or defense, as usual. But it nevertheless provides a great chance to see the guys who will become the nation's most touted freshmen come November.
If Wednesday's game was any indication, Precious Achiuwa and Cole Anthony are a cut above the rest.
Achiuwa and Anthony led their East squad to a 115-100 win, scoring a combined 36 points.
While those two shined bright, we've handed out grades to every player who suited up in Atlanta. These don't take recruiting rankings or projected role in college into account; they're based solely on how the players fared Wednesday.
Precious Achiuwa, Undecided
Achiuwa, who finished with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds, did it all Wednesday night. He made a fadeaway jumper off the baseline and a thundering dunk filling down the lane, bullied his man several times on face-up drives, and snatched a rebound and took it all the way to the basket (but missed). He looked like the most athletic guy on the floor, and he figures to get a lot of offensive rebounds and and-1s wherever he ends up.
Cole Anthony, Undecided
Anthony had 14 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block and won the game's MVP award, which was appropriate since he looked like the best player on the floor. He scored on a floater, scored on a runout dunk, hit a driving scoop through contact, threw a no-look pass for an assist, threw another slick pass for an assist and generally dominated in every way. It looked like the game was moving slower for him than it did for almost everyone else.
Scottie Lewis, Florida
Lewis seemed to be everywhere with his quickness, length and general pace of play. He was especially dangerous on defense and with the ball in his hands in the open floor, where he showed excellent speed and nice touch at the rim. He even had a chase-down block. Lewis didn't show as much offensive versatility as others Wednesday, but he looked like a terrific all-around player.
Oscar Tshiebwe, West Virginia
Tshiebwe is going to be playing in the paint for West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins, and he looked the part Wednesday with a game-high 10 rebounds. Bulky and physical, Tshiebwe owned the paint, snatching boards on both ends. He might not score a ton of points for the Mountaineers, but he's a load to deal with nevertheless.
Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky
Maxey took a team-high 10 shots for the West and was tied with a team-high 13 points. He shot 3-of-6 on three-pointers and grabbed two steals, too. He looked the part of a shooter who won't have trouble getting his shot off and won't hesitate to put it up.
James Wiseman, Memphis
Wiseman didn't have a great shooting game. He even air-balled a three-pointer, but he otherwise put his robust combination of size, post moves and athletic ability on display. Wiseman looked extraordinarily difficult to guard in the post, but as the ESPN2 broadcast noted, he tends to rely too much on his fadeaway. That tendency was evident.
Matthew Hurt, Undecided
Hurt was one of the more active players in the game, with mixed results. He got an easy dunk off a pick-and-roll, hit a tough mid-range jumper off the glass, ran the floor well and hit the glass hard. He just didn't make a huge impact, as he shot 4-of-7 overall and 0-of-2 from deep. Hurt looked like a classic stretch-4, but he'll need to improve his long-range efficiency.
Samuell Williamson, Louisville
Williamson had a rough start with an ugly miss from the baseline, but soon after that, he started to look like one of the best scorers on the floor. He hit an open three, a tough fadeaway on the baseline and a difficult mid-range jumper. Williamson's touch was obvious, and he showed some toughness, too.
Armando Bacot Jr., North Carolina
Shooting touch is not Bacot's strength at this stage of his career. For proof, look no further than his hard brick of a hook shot and the less-than-elegant free throws he shot. He seemed like a prototypical college big man, as he was physical on the offensive glass and made a tough baseline drive for a contested layup.
Anthony Edwards, Georgia
Edwards was at his best when he was attacking the rim, either in transition or in the half court. He had an explosive fast-break dunk, and he showed a lot of burst on his drives to the rim, hitting one of the game's prettier shots on a spinning layup. He made a three-pointer, but he didn't look like a knockdown shooter. It all added up to 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
Jackson-Davis looks like an old-school center, but he ran the floor well, getting rewarded with a handful of easy dunks in transition. He also appears relatively quick. He was able to slip past his man a few times on interior drives, showing some potential as a scorer in addition to being a running, jumping, dunking big man.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova
Robinson-Earl had an up-and-down game. He got stripped on a face-up move early, got a pull-up jumper blocked and missed a three. But he also made a nice up-and-under move for a scoop layup and a foul, and he showed off a nice stroke while hitting an open three later in the game. Robinson-Earl finished tied for the West team high with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke
Moore's shooting stroke stood out. He hit the game's best step-back three off the glass from the wing and showed nice touch at the free-throw line, going 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 at the charity stripe for 13 points in 17 minutes.
Trendon Watford, Undecided
Watford was active on the glass, pulling down seven rebounds to go with 10 points. He also added four assists, giving him one of the game's most well-rounded outputs.
Nico Mannion, Arizona
The highly anticipated matchup between Cole Anthony and Nico Mannion wasn't much of a contest. Anthony completely outplayed Mannion, often in one-on-one scenarios. Mannion started the game picking Anthony up almost 94 feet from the hoop, but he got his first shot swatted, missed two threes and scored his first points on a lob pass that accidentally went in. It was a tough night all around.
Tre Mann, Florida
Mann spent most of his time lobbing extra long-range threes at the rim without much success. Despite the misses, his stroke looked good, and he did make one late in the game. But a 2-of-7 shooting night wasn't the performance he was looking for.
Isaiah Stewart, Washington
Stewart was on the receiving end of the game's first alley-oop, which ought to count for something. He looked like he's going to feast on lobs in college, but he also put it on the floor for a nice floater. He didn't seem ready to take many threes yet, but there's no question he can finish around the rim.
Josh Green, Arizona
Green scored eight points on nine shots and put up an airball. While it wasn't the most efficient performance, he showed some flashes with a slick pass off a pick-and-roll that led to a dunk (and one of his two assists) as well as a silky reverse layup that showed some grace and body control.
Kahlil Whitney, Kentucky
Whitney went 1-of-5 from the field for two points, a rebound and two turnovers in 15 minutes. It was a disappointing performance for one of 247Sports' top 10 recruits.
Bryan Antoine, Villanova
Antoine had a tough night, going 1-of-4 with three assists and three turnovers.
Josiah-Jordan James, Tennessee
James was the only one who went scoreless, as he shot 0-of-3 in 18 minutes. He also had four turnovers and only one assist.
Jaden McDaniels, Undecided
An open dunk was McDaniels' highlight in an otherwise quiet seven-point performance.
Isaiah Mobley, USC
Mobley's five points, four assists and three rebounds gave him a balanced output, but his 2-of-7 shooting took away from it.