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Aaron Gordon aerial assault earns MVP, Andrew Wiggins shines at 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game

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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.

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“[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.

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Canada’s Rowan Barrett Jr. Dominates 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game

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Canadas Rowan Barrett Jr Dominates 2018 Mcdonalds All American Game

Rocking the “6” for the six, Canada’s own Rowan Barrett Jr. continued his assault towards the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft with dominant 26-point performance at the 41st Annual McDonald’s All-American game inside Philips Arena, Atlanta.

RJ Barrett’s (Mississauga,ON) 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting came up just short as the West All-Stars defeated Barrett’s East squad in close 131-128 game that featured a bevy of future NBA lottery picks. North Carolina Tar Heels Nassir Little took home MVP honors, scoring a game-high 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting.

Barrett’s 26 points, 3 rebounds in 23 minutes is the most points ever scored by a Canadian at the McDonald’s All-Star Game and was just five points short of the all-time scoring record held my Jonathan Bender who poured in 31 points in 1999. Michael Jordan previously held the record with 30 points in 1980. For comparisons purposes, Andrew Wiggins (Minnesotta Timberwolves) scored 19 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals in the 2013 Game in Chicago.

The Duke commit opened the game with a thunderous one-hand dunk and never looked back on his way to 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first-half, including Barrett’s revelation on how his father used to prepare him for this particular moment – practicing his half-time interview by speaking to a fork in front of family and friends.

The McDonalds All-American Game returned to Atlanta for the first time since it hosted the Games in 1992 and 1983 and featured a half-fime performance by Atlanta native Ludacris. Also courtside to take the next crop of superstars was Quavo part of the dynamic Migos group. Chicago hosted the event for seven (7) straight years (2010-2017)

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For Barrett the action continues as he looks to wrap up his illustrious high school career with a championship at the 10th annual GEICO High School Nationals. The undefeated and No. 1 ranked Montverde Academy Eagles will look to make it four national titles in the last six years.

Barrett Jr. will showcase his skills at two more All-star games, notably the Jordan Brand game (April 7th, 2018) and the newly announced Signature All-Canadian All-Star Game (April 23rd, 2018) in his hometown of Mississauga.

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Rowan Barrett Jr. 37-Point Dunkthon Silences Overrated Chants

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Rowan Barrett Jr 37 Point Dunkthon Silences Overrated Chants Two Hand Dunk

Yes this video is ten minutes long. If you like raw footage and/or would like to get a glimpse into the future of Canadian Basketball then I highly recommend you watch this until the end. I can also guarantee there will be plenty of “Oohh’s & Aahh’s” and multiple rewind sessions.

Rowan Barrett Jr. has been simply destroying everything in sight of him and his Montverde Eagles Academy. With his senior season and his high school career winding down we thought there was really nothing left to prove, but somehow the overrated chants have managed to surface. This savage 37-point dunkthon is a reminder of what is to come next year at Duke and the NBA.

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15-Year Old Canadian Laeticia Amihere Throws Down Hard One-hander

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Laeticia Amihere One Hand Dunk

The game is changing across Canada…

In a basketball first, 15-year old Laeticia Amihere became the first Canadian high school basketball to dunk in a basketball game.
In over 15 years of covering Canadian basketball I can’t recall a Canadian female attempt a dunk, rather completing one with oomph in game. The dunk has the Internets buzzing with Amihere’s name already being tossed around as potential No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA.

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