McDonald's: What to watch East Team

Players such as DaJuan Coleman and Tony Parker will do battle down low for the East squad, but those two matching up is far from the only intriguing battle.

From a scouting and evaluation perspective it is the practices and what takes place there that are most valuable during the week of the McDonald's All-American Game. While the game itself tends to turn into a dunk contest, practices with NBA personnel, scouts, and a controlled environment give a good sense of where things stand.

Here is a look at what to keep an eye out for this year when it comes to the East team.

No interior matchup all week long might be more fun to watch than Tony Parker going up against DaJuan Coleman. Parker checks in around 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds while Coleman goes roughly 6-foot-8 and 280 pounds. The two of them are both physical and love to play on the block.

Watching those two big bodies do battle in the paint should be interesting. Neither is an elite athlete or has much of a face up game, so like parts will be going against each other, and which prospect gets the best of the other will be very fun to watch as both have big time supporters and big time doubters.

On the perimeter one of the things to watch will be Kris Dunn going up against Tyler Lewis. Make no mistake about it, Lewis one of the most creative ball handlers and playmakers in the class, but the question with him is how can he defend and get by big athletes at the position.

There is no more physically impressive point guard in the class than Dunn. Will Dunn bother Lewis with his length and athleticism and will he abuse him off the bounce on the offensive end? Everybody wants to see the answer to those two questions, and that will determine a lot about Lewis, and also show exactly what kind of prospect Dunn is.

Another battle that should be fun to watch is Rodney Purvis going up against Gary Harris. The two met up in the summer at the AAU Super Showcase and Harris dominated the matchup leading his team to a win.

Purvis excels as a primary ball handler who attacks the rim while Harris is probably the best on ball defender in the country. Both guards have good size and good strength, and this will be fun to watch. Also Will Harris prove he can attack off the rim against someone with Purvis' physical gifts on the defensive end. Overall this is one of the better individual matchups to pay attention to.

The other thing to really watch is Kyle Anderson. Anderson is easily the most unique player in the class with his size and basketball IQ, and now he will go up against Alex Poythress, Amile Jefferson, and Perry Ellis.

All three have the size and athleticism to bother Anderson, and it will be fun to watch how he defends those guys, especially Poythress and Ellis who can play both inside and outside. All four prospects are unique in that they play multiple positions, and it should be interesting to see how they matchup with each other.

Overall the East has some very enticing matchups that will be monitored all week long as players make their final attempt to prove their worth before entering the college ranks.


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