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April 4, 2013

Gordon takes MVP and win in Mickey D's game

CHICAGO -- The McDonald's All-American game became Aaron Gordon's playground on Wednesday night.

A day after committing to Arizona, the five-star prospect was named the MVP of the game while leading his West squad to a 110-99 win with a dunk-filled, 24-point, eight-rebound effort.

Nationally televised from the United Center, the game gave players a chance to show the nation what they had been up to in practice.

Play was ragged at times, as per usual with All-Star games. But there was still plenty to see.

There's no question that Gordon had a very fan-friendly and entertaining outing. Of his 10 buckets, nine were dunks and a few were of the spectacular variety. The 6-foot-8 forward from San Jose (Calif.) Mitty also showed off his handle and had fun playing to the crowd.

It wasn't a loud performance, but the nation's top player Andrew Wiggins put together a solid 19-point and four-rebound effort. His quickness around the rim is incredible and he really locked in on Duke-bound Jabari Parker when they were matched up.

A native of Chicago who had many in the crowd on his side, Parker ended up with 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The 6-foot-8 forward really had to work for it during a 4-for-13 shooting effort. Much of that was attributable to Wiggins' defense.

As expected, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison used their physicality at the guard position to cause problems for the East guards. Andrew was perfect from the field while dishing out four assists and Aaron chipped in five of his own. The duo only turned the ball over one time and combined for 16 points and five rebounds.

Also playing well for the West guards was Nigel Williams-Goss. The Washington signee from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep was making plays for others and then scoring when he could. He had 10 points and six assists in just 15 minutes.

Arkansas-bound Bobby Portis was quietly effective. The power forward showed off his ability to hit jumpers and added a pair of blocks to go with his 12 points on just five shots.

On the East side of things, it wasn't a great night at the point guard position. However, after missing Tuesday's practice with an injury, Anthony Barber added some electricity to the game. His quickness was on full display and he put on a dribbling show for the crowd while racking up 11 points, four assists and a pair of steals.

Kentucky bound big man Dakari Johnson had a good night in the post for the East. A true center, he played back-to-the-basket offense, physical positional defense and chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.

Kansas bound Wayne Selden had the best night of any of the East guards. He's a physical load, can get to the rim in a hurry and is becoming more confident as a shooter. Selden finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes.

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