CHICAGO, IL (BasketballBuzz) – Arizona commit Aaron Gordon put on an Aerial assault with nine dunks on his way to a game-high 24 points and MVP honors as the West defeated the East 110-99 at the 2013 and 36th McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center.
Gordon’s (6-8, 220lbs) size and freakish athleticism were on full display for Team West as the Arizona Wildcats recruit put on a show with nine impressive dunks that are sure to continue the comparisons to the Clippers Blake Griffin.
The number one player in the class of 2013, Canadian Andre Wiggins (Vaughn, ON/ Huntington Prep) continued his upwards stream towards greatness by putting together a silent 19 points on the biggest stage of high school basketball.
Majority of Wiggins team-high points came from the foul line where he went 7-of-8. On a night were all eyes on the next crop on NBA stars Wiggins played calm and didn’t force much shooting also a team best 6-of-10 from the floor to lead the East in scoring in 24 minutes.
Wiggins who also added four rebounds and two steals seemed most engaged when matched up against Jabari Parker the #2-ranked player in the 2013 Class.
The two future NBA players guarded each other for much of the night with Wiggins forcing the hometown star (Simeon/Chicago) and Duke signee to pick up four fouls in the process.
Parker helped his team by showing his all-around touch around the basket and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals while propelling the West to victory.
“[The matchup against Wiggins] went pretty good,” Parker said. “He is super athletic so I had to over commit on the drive but then he can shoot so it was really difficult.”
“Me and Jabari, we are friends, both great players,” Wiggins said. “I know I’m going to see his face a lot at the next level and the level after that. I consider it a great learning experience. I’m just glad to be here. Going against Jabari is just the best going against the best.”
Like the case in most all-star games its tough to gauge a players full potential, but in Wiggins case, like in so many other occasions, be it Canadian or American high school, AAU circuit or international FIBA competition, it was once again clearly evident that the road to the 2014 NBA overall pick is still secure despite his minimal showing.
The athleticism, the spin move and rawness that we’ve all become accustomed to seeing were one minimal display and, minus a missed routine dunk, a free-throw and a few more minutes we once again witness the number player in the 2013 class prove that hes worth all the buzz.
For Wiggins the All-Star showcase continues as the Canadian will try to lead the World Team to a victory at the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic International Game on April 13th at the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn New York.
14-year-old Canadian phenom Elijah Fisher destroys defender
There is absolutely no doubt — Elijah Fisher is going to be the most after-sought Canadian basketball prospect ever!
Andrew Wiggins, RJ Barrett, Jamal Murray please make room for rising star Elijah Fisher.
The 14-year old phenom added to his bag of bodies — snatching yet another helpless soul in what will go down as one of his most impressive dunks yet.
Showcasing his skills in front of a copious amount of NBA scouts at the 2019 All-Canadian Boys Futures Game — the 6’5″ guard dropped a vicious sledgehammer all-over his defender.
Fisher took home MVP honors with 27 points to lead Team Black to a 126-104 victory over Team Gray.
Shak Pryce magical shot earns Pine Ridge Pumas back-to-back OFSAA gold
Hamilton, Ont — In what will surely go down as one of best finishes in Ontario Federation Schools Athletic Association (OFSAA) basketball history, senior guard Shak Pryce — playing in his final high school game, buried his final shot — an unbelievable “shot of the year” candidate as the Pine Ridge Pumas (Pickering) edged upstart La Salle Black Trojan Knights (Kingston) 51-48 to win the 2019 OFSAA AAA gold medal game.
The previous possession, with the game tied at 48-48 all with 43 seconds remaining — 35-second shot clock winding down and the ball in La Salle’s premier guard Luka Syllas, Pryce determined to end his career as a champion pulled-up his shorts, started clapping and clamped defensively blocking Syllas shot attempt to give the Pumas the ball back with 9.3 seconds remaining via jump ball possession arrow rule.
Coming out of the timeout there was little to no doubt as to who was going to get the last shot, as Pumas’ head coach Cam Nekkers put the ball is senior guard’s hands delivering a magical march madness moment that will be buzzing for decades to come.
The gameplay was interrupted by a deliberate fire alarm nuance, causing a 15-minute delay.
Memories of Devoe Joseph’s final shot, game-winner to the defeat the Eastern Commerce Saints at the buzzer of the 2008 OFSAA AAAA Gold medal come to mind, only this time the trophy is going down south of Brock St. as Pine Ridge becomes the first LOSSA school to earn back-to-back titles of OFSAA’s top division since arch-rivals Pickering Trojans accomplished the feat in 2007-2008.
Whitby’s Anderson C.V.I (LOSSA) featuring Justin Edwards (Maine/Kansas State) and Dyshawn Pierre (Dayton Flyers) won back-to-back AAA gold medals in 2010-2011, however OFSAA was using a four-tiered (level) format with AAAA being the top division. OFSAA, since 2015-16 reverted back to a three-tier competition.