Muhammad Leads West to Win

CHICAGO -- Led by Shabazz Muhammad and Rasheed Sulaimon the West team knocked off the East team in the 2012 McDonald's All-American game at the United Center. A few prospects stood out for the east, specifically UCLA-bound Kyle Anderson...

It was a fitting end to the 2012 McDonald's All-American game.

The week's festivities started with Shabazz Muhammad dominating in practice and the game was much of the same, as Muhammad led the West squad to a 106-102 victory.

Muhammad, who won the game MVP, scored 21 points on 10-for-18 shooting, plus added six rebounds.

"It means a lot," he said after being named MVP.

"There is some many talented player out here," he added. "It was fun to play with Archie [Goodwin] and all these guys. Just to win the game MVP is a really good thing for me and our team played really well also."

Known for his effort and energy level, Muhammad made it clear from the tip that he was going to break out his best game on Wednesday. He scored nine points in the games first three minutes.

"When you play harder than everybody usually good things turn out for you," Muhammad said. "At the beginning of the game I was really getting up and down the floor and things were going great for me."

While Muhammad was the West's top scorer, he had plenty of help from Duke signee Rasheed Sulaimon. The Houston native scored 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting, plus nailed four three-pointers.

For the East Team it was Alex Poythress that had the best showing. The Kentucky signee scored 19 points and was an efficient 8-for-12 from the field.

"I've been working hard," Poythress said after the game. "I've been doing work outs hard twice a day. I just wanted to play hard and show where I was against the top competition."

Easily one of the standout performers of the week, Poythress thought he faired well against the nation's best.

"I think I stacked up pretty well," he said. "There were strengths they had and there was some weaknesses I had, but I think overall I stacked up pretty good."

Game Notes

*Kyle Anderson nearly strung together a triple-double. Ben Howland's future forward scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds and tossed out eight assists. Slo-Mo, as he's known to most, impacted the game in a variety of ways, and it isn't always the most pretty game, but Anderson is very effective. He had several impressive passes, knocked in a deep jumper, and also did a decent job of rebounding the basketball. There is just so much he can do on a basketball court, and showed a pretty good preview of that during the game.

*Archie Goodwin had a strong showing in the game. The Kentucky signee scored 14 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Majority of his points came off strong drives to the rim.

*Cameron Ridley quietly had a strong outing. Ridley finished with 12 points (5-for-10) and nine rebounds. Despite a rough few practices, Ridley showed up when it matters. He made a strong effort on the glass.

*Syracuse signee DaJuan Coleman had just seven points in the game, but he was a man on the boards. Coleman reeled in 12 rebounds including six on the offensive side of things.

*Tony Parker finished with a solid line of 10 points and seven rebounds. After a slow start in the game he picked it up and had a solid evening by rebounding the ball and converting some on the block down low. He played around the rim, which was good to see, and really battled, especially in the second half. His strength is impressive, and Parker was using that to his advantage against a thinner West frontline. He was 4-for-7 from the field.

*North Carolina State signee Rodney Purvis had a strong showing. The strong guard scored 15 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Purvis did most of his damage around the basket and attacked the rim with intentions of scoring.

*Yogi Ferrell was extremely effective from a passing standpoint. Tom Crean's future point guard looked to dish it out and did so to the tune of eight assists and zero turnovers.

*North Carolina's next point guard – Marcus Paige – looked to get his teammates involved. Paige tallied seven assists and just one turnover.

*Baylor's Isaiah Austin finished with an impressive line of eight points and 10 rebounds. He made an effort on the glass, knocked down a mid-range jump shot and scored three times in the paint.

*In just 15 minutes of action, Brandon Ashley, who signed with Arizona, reeled in 10 rebounds. He finished 3-for-9 from the field and scored six points.

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