East knocks off West in McDonald's game

CHICAGO -- After a three days of practice the nation's top prospects finally hit the United Center court for the 2011 McDonald's All-American game.

Behind strong efforts from James McAdoo and Michael Gilchrist the East team knocked off the West by a score of 111 - 96.

McAdoo, a North Carolina signee scored 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting, while Kentucky signee Michael Gilchrist filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

"To come out here and play in front of 20,000 people is unreal," McAdoo said. "Only 24 of us guys got this opportunity and there are thousands of guys at home that didn't get this chance. It hasn't really hit me yet, but to get this MVP with Michael [Gilchrist] is an honor."

P.J. Hairston and Quinn Cook were also vital players for the East team. Hairston finished with 15 points, while Cook chipped in 14 points.

Chicago native Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward headed to Kentucky, was a force defensively for the West team. He finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

"It was excellent and playing in front of my hometown in Chicago, Illinois," Davis said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself because Wayne [Blackshear] wasn't going to play. That kind of made me have to step up and represent for Chicago."

This time last year Davis wasn't on the national radar. A year later he was one of the major standouts in the top all-star game in the country.

"I did a lot of work," Davis said of his road to McDonald's. "I stayed in the gym. I knew one day I wanted to be a McDonald's All-American. When I got that call, I was just shocked. All of that hard work [paid off]. You have to put in the work."

Khem Birch was a factor the West team, scoring 15 points, grabbing 10 boards and swatting six shots. Austin Rivers also tossed in 14 points.

Game Notes

*Beal came out hot. He started the game with a strong move to the rim and finished through contact. Then followed it up with a deep pull-up three and a tip at the basket. He finished with 17 points and five boards.

*Myck Kabongo is fast. He races past defenders in transition and there aren't many guys that can stay with him in the half court. On top of that, he's a magician with the ball in his hands. He had seven rebounds and five assists.

*Branden Dawson has been known as the best rebounder in the 2011 class for quite some time. He backed that up in the first half of the McDonald's game. He pursues the ball, gets off the ground quickly and will battle.

*P.J. Hairston isn't scared to let it fly, especially if he starts to fill it. He buried a pair of deep three-balls and got a loose with his shot selection. He'll make a lot of three balls for UNC by the time his career is over.

*Johnny O'Bryant is a talented kid. But he has to hone in his shot selection. As an active low post guy he's a terrific player and prospect, but he's falling in love with fadeaways and shots off the dribble. O'Bryant went for nine points and seven boards.

*Louisville commit Wayne Blackshear gave it a go. While he wasn't 100-percent, he managed a mid-range jumper and pinned a shot on the glass. He only played eight minutes, but scored a bucket and record a pair of assists.

*The next big thing at IndianaCody Zeller – is an efficient prospect as you're going to find. He tossed out a handful of assists and scored it inside when he had opportunities. Zeller finished 5-for-6 from the field with 10 points.

*The running hook that Kyle Wiltjer hit fits his game perfectly. His touch and ability to shoot the ball is what is so impressive about him. He was 4-for-10 from the field for 11 points.

*Austin Rivers mixed in some impressive pull-up jumpers, but never really got in a groove. Still he knocked down a trio of three-pointers. To go with his 14 points, he grabbed five rebounds and tossed out four assists.

*After a so-so week of practices, Khem Birch really stepped up his level of play in the game. It was encouraging to see him play with some aggression. He swatted shots, was active on both ends and rebounded.

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