McDonald's All-American: East Breakdown

Coming into the week most felt that the East was the less talented team, but they managed to come away with the win. Here is a weekly look at how they all did.


Brad Beal, SG, Florida – After a great senior year, a lot was expected out of Beal and he didn't disappoint. He was very good during the game and even better all week long during practices and a scrimmage. Beal might be the best pure shooter in the class and he has a strong body that allows him to get to the rim. In terms of guys on the East, Beal might have been the best from start to finish.

Chane Behanan, PF, Louisville – Toughness and winning. Those are the two words that described Behanan's play all week. Behanan was a warrior on the glass during practice, was tough during the game, and showed that what he lacks in height he makes up for in strength and desire. He isn't the high upside guy that some of the other forwards are, but not many produce at his level.

Kentavious Caldwell, SG, Georgia – A great week of practice was followed up by a solid showing during the game. Caldwell can really make shots, and has the length and size to play either spot on the wing. He needs to get stronger, but when it comes to shooting from deep, very few are better than Caldwell. He needs to get a more assertive attitude every time out and recognize his talent level, but when it comes to scoring, Caldwell is near the top of the class.

Michael Carter-Williams, SG, Syracuse – It just seemed that Carter-Williams was never quite able to get going. A scorer by nature, his shot was slightly off, and physically he couldn't get to the rim due to his lack of strength. Practices were tough and the game wasn't much better, but he still really has a lot of scoring ability with his length and smooth shooting stroke.

Rakeem Christmas, C, Syracuse – Physically there is just a lot to like about Christmas. He is big, strong, and really explosive off the floor. Also he has long arms and good timing with blocking shots. The problem is he never uses that ability to dominate. Easily the most imposing post player in the class, Christmas didn't assert himself at all during practices and was largely invisible during the game.

Quinn Cook, PG, Duke – It wasn't a great week of practice for Cook, and quite honestly he looked overmatched at times against the more highly touted West guards, but give him credit, he was a complete gamer. Cook had an excellent game, scored the ball, and got his teammates involved. He isn't the athletic phenom that some of the others in the class are, but he steps up when needed.

Michael Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky – No kid goes harder more consistently than Gilchrist. There is just no "off switch" for him, and it shows during games. Gilchrist's jumper wasn't falling, but he was rebounding and getting buckets off the bounce. He isn't a "scorer", but he puts points on the board. Now his skill game does need to come around, and it is obvious his shooting isn't there yet, but he knows how to win and gives you everything he has no matter how his offense is doing.

P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina – Give some credit to Hairston, he is clearly in the best shape of his life, and that is allowing him to be more than just a shooter. Hairston showed a little more junk to him off the bounce during the week, and that opened up his jump shot. In college he projects most as a catch and shoot guy, but with his improved conditioning now he is fine on defense and has a few more options in his offensive arsenal.

James McAdoo, PF, North Carolina – He is just so solid it is scary. You look down at the scorebook and he has a lot of points despite not being flashy at all. McAdoo is physically a beast, and is as college ready as it gets right now. All week long he proved he belongs in the discussion for top five status in the class, and being named as co-MVP is just an example of the type of player that he is.

Johnny O'Bryant, PF, LSU – Quite honestly it is tough to be completely satisfied with O'Bryant this week for a number of reasons. O'Bryant came to the game out of shape, and that took away from the athletic run and jump athlete that he is. Once he gets to LSU that shouldn't be a problem, but it wasn't a great week for him because he wasn't in the condition that he should be. O'Bryant still has size, strength, and athleticism with a high motor, but now he needs to regain that commitment to the game.

Marshall Plumlee, C, Duke – Plumlee impressed all week with his size and athleticism, but he is still a major work in progress. He needs to get stronger, and offensively he is a few years away, though he did show a nice post move during the game. Plumlee has a super high effort level, and that will always work in his favor, but the feel and understanding of the game along with skill level is what held him back from having a very good week.

Shannon Scott, PG, Ohio State – All-star games are never where Scott is going to make his name. He just isn't the type who tries to take over, and that sometimes is to a fault. Scott was good in practices, but not great, and struggled with the speed of other guards on different occasions, but still he did some good things. Scott had a few steals, showed a mid-range game, and also has nice floor vision. It was a solid week for Scott.

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