BROOKLYN, NY – (BasketballBuzz) – The history of Canadian basketball players and the Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game is getting deep.
Names like Myck Kabongo, Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson, Khem Birch, have paved the way for the new generation in the Annual High School Showcase.
Add Andrew Wiggins and his teammate Tyler Ennis to the trendsetters list, as both Canadians equally had the opportunity to earn MVP despite the East’s close 102-98 loss to a talented West squad that featured number-two ranked player Jabari Parker.
Both Wiggins and Ennis made a strong case for the MVP award with the number one player in the 2013 class, Andrew Wiggins tying a game-high 19 points and Tyler as always, showed his all-around game with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the losing effort.
Julius Randle (19 points/7 rebounds) and Jabari Parker (16 points/7 rebounds) were both named MVP’s for their outstanding work.
For Wiggins, much like the McDonald’s American Game, the Canadian picked his spots, threw down some monster dunks, four to be exact, and without showing too much of his arsenal he nearly became the first Canadian to grab MVP – if it wasn’t for Julius Randle late push.
The same can be said for Syracuse bound Tyler Ennis who also played with a chip on his shoulder after getting snubbed by the McDonald’s All-American Game committee.
Ennis found himself open for a chance to win the game in the dying seconds but his three-pointer came-up just short.
Wiggins’ will now wrap his high school career with one last appearance at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon where he will try to lead the World Select team to it’s second straight victory over Team USA. And, hopefully and MVP award after just coming up short with a silent but efficient 19 point performance at the at 36th Annual McDonald’s All-American Game.