Okafor leads McDonald's West boys past East
Jahlil Okafor scored 17 points and had seven rebounds and Emmanuel Mudiay added 15 points as the West team defeated the East 105-102 in the boys McDonald's All-American game on Wednesday night.
Justin Jackson, who shared co-MVP honors with Okafor, led the East with 23 points. The North Carolina commit was 11-of-14 shooting.
Tyus Jones made a 3 with 1:46 left to get the East within 99-98 and his fadeaway baseline jumper gave the East a shortlived lead at 103-102 with 47.7, but his future Duke teammate, Okafor, gave the West the lead back for a good with a dunk with 40 seconds left.
Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. missed a 3 with 2.9 seconds left that would have tied the game for the East.
Rashad Vaughn, who is going to UNLV made a jumper and then had a dunk to give the West an 82-74 lead midway through the half, but Jackson kept the East in the game, scoring seven points in a 2:10 span.
Mudiay, who is going to play for Larry Brown next season at SMU, drove the lane for a dunk in the final seconds to close out the first half as the West cut the East lead to 51-50.
Jackson, a North Carolina commit, led all scorers in the first half with 10. Ohio State commit D'Angelo Russell added nine points on 4-of-6 shooting for the East. Okafor led the West with 8 points and five rebounds.
Jones finished with 10 assists and seven points for the East Kevon Looney added 11 rebounds and six points.
EAST (102) Alexander 4-11 1-3 9, Jackson 11-14 0-0 23, Turner 2-3 2-3 7, Jones 3-5 0-0 7, Russell 5-10 0-0 11, Pinson 1-5 1-2 3, Whitehead 2-5 2-2 6, Trimble 0-5 2-2 2, Winslow 4-6 1-4 9, Blackmon 5-11 2-2 13, Towns 3-6 0-0 6, Looney 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 43-89 11-18 102.
WEST (105) Lyles 3-7 2-2 8, Okafor 8-15 1-2 17, Mudiay 6-15 3-4 15, Allen 2-6 0-0 4, Johnson 4-10 0-0 8, Berry II 3-6 0-0 7, Oubre 3-13 5-5 11, Booker 3-8 0-0 8, Vaughn 5-11 2-2 14, Travis 4-8 0-0 8, Ulis 2-5 0-0 5, Welsh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-104 13-15 105.
Halftime_East 51-50. 3-Point goals_East 5-19 (Turner 1-1, Jones 1-1, Jackson 1-2, Russell 1-2, Blakcmon 1-4, Whitehead 0-1, Winslow 0-1, Towns 0-1, Looney 0-1, Pinson 0-2, Trimble 0-3), West 6-28 (Booker 2-3, Vaughn 2-5, Berry II 1-2, Ulis 1-2, Lyles 0-1, Allen 0-2, Travis 0-2, Mudiay 0-3). Fouled out_None. Rebounds_East 57 (Alexander, Looney 11), West 53 (Lyles 8). Assists_East 23 (Jones 10), West 22 (Mudiay 6). Total fouls_East 10, West 15. A_17,116.
GAME NOTES, COURTESY DUKE SPORTS INFORMATION
Future Duke Blue Devils Grayson Allen, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow lived up to their billing as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country with some impressive performances this week at the McDonald’s All-American Game and Powerade Jam Fest in Chicago. Okafor claimed MVP honors after leading the West to a 105-102 win in the 37th edition of the McDonald’s All-American game Wednesday night, while Allen was crowned the Powerade Jam Fest slam dunk champion Monday.
Okafor is the fourth Blue Devil commit to secure MVP honors at the event, joining Bobby Hurley (1989), J.J. Redick (2003) and Josh McRoberts (2005).
Okafor and Jones were at their best in the closing moments of a close game. Jones buried a three-pointer with 1:46 left to get the East within 99-98 and added a tough finish over Okafor to give the East a short-lived lead with 47.7 remaining, but his future Duke teammate gave the West the lead back for good with a dunk less than 10 seconds later. Okafor closed the game with 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Allen added four points, one rebound, one assist, one block and two steals in 17 minutes of play for the West.
Jones guided the East attack with a game-high 10 assists, while committing just one turnover. He was 3-of-5 from the field, while making his only three-point field goal attempt. The Minnesota native displayed excellent court vision throughout the game creating easy offense for an East squad that shot 48.3 percent from the field.
Winslow displayed his versatile skill set en route to nine points, three rebounds, one block and one steal. He was 4-of-6 from the field and showed toughness and defensive instincts. Winslow was matched up one-on-one with West guard Emmanuel Mudiay on a couple of key possessions in the closing minutes and forced difficult jump shots. The final stop for the East squad led to a potential game-tying three-pointer from James Blackmon, Jr. with 2.6 seconds remaining.
Earlier in the week, Allen wowed fans, teammates and a national television audience with his performance in the Powerade Jam Fest dunk contest. Labeled by several national recruiting experts as a shooter, Allen stole the show by first jumping over Jones and Winslow and then claiming the title by leaping over the seven-foot Okafor. Allen is the third Blue Devil recruit to claim the dunk contest crown, joining Ricky Price (1994) and Gerald Henderson (2006).
Okafor was also tabbed as the Morgan Wootten National High School Player of the Year prior to the Powerade Jam Fest Monday. He is the seventh Duke recruit to receive the award and the third in the last four years. Duke freshman All-America Jabari Parker claimed the honor in 2013, while Austin Rivers was the recipient in 2011. Other Duke honorees were Shane Battier (1997), Jason Williams (1999), Chris Duhon (2000) and Josh McRoberts (2005).