McDonald's Game Evaluations

Things looked bleak for the West squad midway through the first half as the East bolted to a 20-point lead. Instead of folding, Co-MVP's Kevin Durant and Chase Budinger and the rest of the West crew not only erased the sizeable deficit, they won going away in front of a sellout crowd of 11,900 fans at the Cox Arena. Who were our favorite performers from both squads? Read on to find out...

Kansas bound Sherron Collins' left handed self alley-oop jam sealed the West's 112-94 win and served as a fitting end to a terrific week of action in San Diego.


Kevin Durant- After impressing for the entire week, it was only fitting that the 6-10 wing erupted for 25 points, five rebounds and four steals as he showed America why Rick Barnes and the Longhorn nation are so excited. Just like he'd done in practice, the wispy scorer buried long threes, shook defenders off the dribble and scored from all over the court.

Robin Lopez- His line of three points and eight rebounds wasn't amazing, but Lopez impressed. He's the best low post defender not named Greg Oden and although he was only credited with one block, he altered several other attempts. He's light on his feet and gets up the floor in a hurry. Once his offense catches up with his defense he's going to be something else.

Spencer Hawes- We've always known that the big fella is skilled around the hoop, but his beautiful reverse pivot to lefty hook off the glass was an impressive trick. As he adds a little more weight and keeps it he's going to cause headaches in the Pac 10.

Chase Budinger- It wasn't a surprise to see the hometown favorite share in the MVP award and he deserved it. He knocked down a huge three during the second half, displayed his athleticism and made several subtle plays. The question is how long he'll stop in Tucson before his inevitable arrival in the NBA.

Daequan Cook- Just in case anybody forgot how lethal a scorer the Ohio State bound wing is, Cook reminded them. He's got a smooth and compact shot, effortless athleticism and a full bag of mid-range scoring moves. He probably silenced any of the rumblings that his game had been slipping with his 17 point night.


Greg Oden- Even though he didn't look quite as spry as usual, Oden put together one of his typical games. His quickness off the floor is incredible for a man that size and he terrifies those looking to score in the lane. 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks isn't bad for 19 minutes of work.

Thaddeus Young- He still needs to work on his ball handling a little bit, but the smooth lefty is adroit at creating and making his own shots. He'll fill out with age but there's no question that he's got a bright future ahead of him and he'll be ready to provide the wing scoring that Georgia Tech needs next year. He was the second leading scorer for the East with 14 points.

Gerald Henderson- The explosive 6-5 wing led the East with 16 points and did it with style. He's a much improved jump shooter from deep and always plays tough and physical defense. Henderson was also voted the Morgan Wooten award winner by his peers for his display of sportsmanship all week long.

Brandan Wright- Because of his length and ability to fully extend his arms on shots, his pull-ups up and down the lane are unstoppable. He can run the court with the best of them and will provide some shot blocking from the weak side. Overall a nice outing for the 6-10 North Carolina bound big man.

Vernon Macklin- It was good to see Macklin have a nice game because he'd had a bit of a rough go of it during practice. The future Hoya was the only player for either team to get double digit boards and he made all three of his shots to go along with his 10 boards.

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