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April 10th, 2016
Last year's Hoop Summit World Team featured a number of elite players in their respective high school class in Ben Simmons, Skal Labissiere, Cheick Diallo and Jamal Murray, this year it was apparent that there was a pretty significant drop-off in terms of talent. With Roy Rana at the helm for the sixth time as head coach, he entered the game with a great deal of experience and a 3-2 record.
The victorious West squad was led by 2016’s top prospect Josh Jackson and future Duke Blue Devil, Frank Jackson. In addition to the Jacksons, the West was loaded with many talented prospects. Here’s a breakdown of how they performed.
Josh Jackson – Undecided
2016’s top prospect, Josh Jackson, had a sensational week at the McDonald’s All American Game. After dominating in practice he would go on to earn Co-MVP along with Frank Jackson. Jackson currently projects as the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, here is what he had to say.
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#2 Villanova vs. #2 Oklahoma
The McDonald’s All American game is arguably the most prestigious high school basketball event of the year. The East squad made a comeback late in the game but it wasn’t enough falling to the West 114-107. There was a lot of talent on display as this is an unusually talented crop of kids. Here is a breakdown of each of the East prospects.
Jayson Tatum 6’8 – Duke
Buddy Hield 6-4 215 SG Oklahoma Sr. -- With 37 points in the Elite Eight to take down #1 seed Oregon, the legend of Buddy Hield continues to grow. The NPOY is putting himself firmly among the lore of the alltime NCAA tourney greats. Russell, Alcindor, Walton, Danny Manning, Laettner, Melo, Stephen Curry. Hield has been nothing short of legendary in leading Oklahoma to the Final Four. Buddy seemingly couldn't miss, hitting a Curry-esque 8-of-13 from 3 and 13-of-20 overall.
The 2016 McDonald’s All American week is underway, showcasing the creme de la creme of prospects from the ultra-talented 2016 high school class. The game will take place at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night and be aired on ESPN at 9 PM ET. Here are my notes after the first two days of practices.
Josh Jackson – Undecided
Last week Anthony Barber, also known as 'Cat' Barber declared for the 2016 NBA Draft. It was first reported that he did not intend to sign with an agent, leaving open the possibility for a return to Raleigh for his senior season. But then on Tuesday, Barber notified Coach Mark Gottfried that he would complete the draft process and forgo his final year of eligibility, ending what has been a solid career for the Wolfpack.
#11 Gonzaga vs. #10 Syracuse
The late game in the Midwest region is one between two double digit seeds that many thought would be on the outside looking in a month or so ago. Syracuse gained an at large bid and made the most of it, while Gonzaga won their conference tournament to cement a tourney birth.