McDonald's AA: Day One Recap

CHICAGO -- The 2011 McDonald's All-American festivities got underway on Sunday at the ATTACK Center. The normal stars likes Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers shined, as did Georgia signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Anthony Davis, PF – From the outset of the West's practice, Davis, a 6-foot-10 lengthy forward, had an affect on the game on the defensive end. He swatted shots, recorded deflections and was a major presence. Offensively he showed an ability to step out and shoot, but also displayed terrific touch around the basket and a pair of soft hands. Scout.com's top player was solid in day one.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG – Somehow Caldwell-Pope, a Georgia signee, has managed to fly below the radar during parts of his high school career. He certainly didn't on the first day of practice. His trigger is quick and his range is deep. Mix in his soft touch and ability to go off a couple of dribbles and score and this is a guy that will make a major impact from the outset for Mark Fox. He shined on day one against the nation's best.

Austin Rivers, SG – Much like Caldwell-Pope, Rivers has terrific range on his shot and he doesn't have any issues getting it off. During practice, Rivers tossed in a number of long range shots and hit a handful that were quite difficult. There's not much left for this guy to prove at the high school level. His jabs, fakes and overall ball skills are as good as you'll find at this stage in a kids career.

Chane Behanan, PF – Some questioned his inclusion in the game, if today was any preview of the week, the naysayers will be put to rest. Despite being just 6-foot-7, the 240-pounder carves out space inside, snags boards at a high rate and fights in the paint. Behanan is at his best when he's up against the best. He proved that at NBA Camp last June, where he was MVP, and he sure looked the part on day one.

Rakeem Christmas, C – It's been an up and down final season for Christmas. He's always had the talent, but at times his effort has been questioned. Today he brought the A game, as NBA scouts and the like looked on. He's extremely quick off the ground, has impressive overall bounce and he has more post moves than people give him credit for. Sure he needs to add weight and get stronger, but he has the tools to be an elite player down the road.

Brad Beal, SG – The Florida signee has always been known as a shot maker and that didn't change on Sunday. The 6-foot-3 dynamic guard shot and hit some difficult shots on Sunday. Beal and Caldwell-Pope will both be relied on to score quite a bit come game day. It's a task that both should do pretty well at.

James McAdoo, PF – North Carolina is in need of some front court depth and McAdoo will be able to provide that out of the gate. He showed off his tremendous athleticism and ability to run the floor on Sunday. During the East squads scrimmages, McAdoo looked to get out on the break and had an impressive euro-step move in transition that led to a bucket.

*The West team appeared to get a couple more of the elite guys than the East squad. Of Scout.com's top 10, nine made the McDonald's All-American game (Quincy Miller wasn't eligible due to injury). Of the nine in the game, six play for the East team.

*Another advantage the West team has is at the point guard spot. The team has the top two lead guards in the country – Marquis Teague and Myck Kabongo – and both possess terrific speed and passing ability.

*The East squad has a trio of knock down shooters at the wing spot. From P.J. Hairston and Caldwell-Pope to Beal, the East squad has some weapons on the perimeter and from long range.

*On Monday the practice session will begin at 10:30 ET. Then the players will prep for the Powerade Jam Fest, which includes a three-point and dunk contest. The event begins at 6:30 ET and is at Chicago State University.

*The participants will have another practice session on Tuesday. Media day will also take place that afternoon. Then the game will tip off late Wednesday night.

*Kentucky has the most McDonald's All-Americans in the game this year with four -- Davis, Teague, Michael Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer. Duke has the second most with three -- Rivers, Quinn Cook and Marshall Plumlee.


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