McDonald's: Scrimmage Top Performers

CHICAGO - A day before the McDonald's All-American Game, the East and West squads scrimmaged on Tuesday. Who were the top performers?

Jaylen Brown, SF: Scout’s top prospect in 2015 did nothing to discredit that standing on Tuesday afternoon. Brown is a long athlete at 6-foot-6, who has really improved as a shooter, as was evident on Tuesday, at one point knocking down back to back long jumpers. He’s an elite driver to the rim and defender with a terrific mental makeup.

Brandon Ingram, SF: No player in Chicago has improved his stock this week more than Ingram. A 6-foot-9 small forward with long arms and ball skills, Ingram’s ability to create his own shot at his size and position is highly impressive and quickly improving. He’s a no-brainer elite prospect and now has to be considered one of the very top players in the class.

Cheick Diallo, C: During the two practice sessions, Diallo has been up and down. But during the scrimmage the 6-foot-9 big man seemed back to his normal self. Diallo ran the floor with a purpose, finished off around the basket, contested shots and rebounded in and around his area. He played with great energy and that's how he's able to impact the game the most.

Ben Simmons, PF: Though he didn't shoot terribly well from the perimeter — and, frankly, hasn't all week — Simmons helped set the pace for his team. The LSU signee possesses great hands and picked off defensive rebounds, which he then converted immediately into fast breaks. He also whipped out several outstanding passes, threw down slams on drives and picked away a couple steals. Simmons is an elite prospect in part because he produces without having to hunt his shot. He's clearly one of America's best.

Jawun Evans, PG: You haven't read as much about the Oklahoma State-bound Evans from this event, because he's the kind of player who thrives when he knows his teammates and can get into the open court. In the halfcourt oriented practices, he was unable to push the ball often and isn't much of a shooter. That said, in the scrimmage he repeatedly used his dribble to penetrate the lane, and he also passed alertly and always plays unselfishly.

* Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report.

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