Duke prospects entered Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game with most of the hype, but it was a future Tar Heel who made the biggest impact in Atlanta.
UNC-bound Nassir Little earned MVP honors at Wednesday’s All-Star game, leading his West squad to a 131-128 win over the East with 28 points and five rebounds on 12-of-17 shooting from the field, coming up three points shy of the game’s scoring record of 31 points set by Jonathan Bender in 1999 and two points shy of fellow Tar Heel Michael Jordan’s mark of 30 points in 1981.
— Stephen Rodgers (@StevoR33) March 28, 2018
Little, a 6-foot-7-inch small forward from Orlando, is ranked as Rivals’ No. 5 player in the class of 2018. He’ll join fellow McDonald’s All-American guard Coby White and four-star forward Rechon Black in Chapel Hill to give UNC Rivals’ ninth-ranked freshman class next year.
The director of Nassir Little's AAU team is currently in jail, and there's a decent chance Little is among those named in FBI/DOJ complaint.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) September 26, 2017
Duke fans certainly weren’t disappointed in the efforts of its historic recruiting class — complete with the nation’s top three players — as No. 1 prospect R.J. Barrett put on a show with 26 points and 3 rebounds on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor for the East squad.
Zion Williamson AND R.J. Barrett?
Duke has some NASTY incoming freshmen. pic.twitter.com/DYpM8IFKMb
— ESPN (@espn) March 29, 2018
Williamson did give fans a scare when he left the game late with a thumb injury on his off-hand after planting on the court when he fell to the ground.
Scary moment here … Zion Williamson goes down with an injury at the McDonald's All-American Game. pic.twitter.com/OltGFnFVBp
— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) March 29, 2018
He will reportedly see a specialist on Thursday.
Zion Williamson injured hand in second half. Currently being evaluated, will see personal orthapedist tomorrow.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2018
It wasn’t all Tobacco Road prospects making headlines Wednesday. Uncommitted big man Jordan Brown posted 26 points and eight rebounds on 13-of-19 shooting. The nation’s No. 12 prospect out of California has officially visited Cal, UCLA, St. John’s and Louisiana-Lafayette. Brown told Rivals that he is also considering Stanford and even Arizona, despite the scandal swirling in Tucson.
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