Among the four Blue Devils in the 2014 game, 6-foot-10 Jahlil Okafor was the clear story on Tuesday. The Chicago native had himself a really solid day, showing patient displays on post touches before scoring in a variety of ways. He's also a strong passer out of double teams to the perimeter and played physically.
Okafor could be a tad more consistent defensively and on the defensive glass, but he's a dynamic offensive center with great hands and a good feel around the basket.
On the East Team -- my more focused concentration on Tuesday -- Justise Winslow, the 6-foot-6 wing, had himself a good day. Winslow shows a tremendous amount of versatility and leadership on the floor and was productive on offense while defending strongly on the perimeter.
Winslow's jumper is a little bit flat, but he has decent touch and shooting ability and he can put it on the floor a bit and finish using his strength. Being a lefty certainly doesn't hurt, either.
Defensively, Winslow has strength, quickness and the desire to be a good perimeter defender and he seems to take pride in it. He had a good day defensively on-the-ball.
Winslow's East teammate, Tyus Jones, had himself a solid day on the offensive end. The Minnesota-native just really has a great feel for how to change speeds and make plays to get free to make a pass or take a shot. He knows how to play with the ball and his hands and he has tremendous vision and passing ability.
His defense, a major concern yesterday, was slightly better today but still an issue. Melo Trimble was able to get free or around Jones at a semi-regular rate. Jones also usually can't defend without using his body, which might be called for fouls given the new defensive emphasis in college officiating this season.
He's still an elite point guard as an offensive player, but he'll have to work to improve on the defensive end against elite guards in college.
Grayson Allen continues to be a solid surprise at McDonald's week. Allen continues to play with good energy and IQ and today he addressed my earlier concern about his middle game by knocking down some shots from the mid-range on some runners and a floater.
The Jacksonville native can still get more consistent as an outside shooter, but he's a plus athlete that can move well and play above the rim.
Today was the final day of media practice; the McDonald's All-American Game is tomorrow night at the United Center in Chicago.