In Wednesday night's 2016 McDonald's All American game, the West was victorious over the East, 114-107 in a fun, but competitive game.
A couple of five-star recruits shared the MVP of the game. The two were Duke commit Frank Jackson, who finished with 19 points and displayed some sharp shooting, hitting five of seven three pointers, and number one overall recruit in the country Josh Jackson, who also finished with 19 points. J. Jackson was 9-11 from the field.
It's been highly publicized that Jackson is not committed to anyone yet and his final three are Arizona, the Kansas Jayhawks and the Michigan State Spartans. Wednesday showed that, whoever does in fact land this extremely talented kid, is in for a treat. His entire arsenal was on display Wednesday night, coming away with four rebounds and three assists. His athleticism, court vision, competitiveness and ability to score are all fantastic. But, perhaps most impressive, is his ability to defend. He had a lot of success slowing down Duke commit and consensus top three player in this year's class, Jayson Tatum.
The Arizona Wildcats' lone official commit taking part in the game, Kobi Simmons, finished with 12 points and two assists for the East team. His quickness and ability to attack the rim are what sets him apart from the rest of the incoming freshmen. He is currently ranked the 21st overall player in the country, according to 247Sports.
But, those who follow the Arizona recruiting process closely, or at all, for that matter, know that Kobi wasn't the only potential Wildcat on the floor in Chicago.
Former Alabama commit, Terrance Ferguson, is a highly sought after recruit after opening his recruiting process back up. Ferguson, a 5-star recruit, has only had one official visit since then and that was a visit to Tucson. Ferguson came away with 10 points and three rebounds. During the broadcast, he reiterated that the best and most relentless recruiter has in fact been Kobi Simmons, something he mentioned earlier this week. Ferguson came away from his Tucson visit impressed with Arizona and the feeling is mutual. Ferguson is a dead-eye shooter, something Arizona will be in dire need of this coming season.
Ferguson and Josh Jackson are widely considered the two top undeclared players in the nation and Arizona is heavily involved with both. The intrigue surrounding both young men should end within the next two weeks and Wildcat fans are hoping for something to celebrate in April.
As for the rest of the Pac-12, The UCLA Bruins' top recruit didn't score a point but still managed to have quite a showing. Lonzo Ball, the seventh-ranked overall prospect in the class finished with 13 assists and put on a show for the winning West team.
Another Pac-12 commit, Markelle Fultz, who is headed to the Washington Huskies this fall, had a rough shooting night but showed a good all-around game, ending up with 10 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Final McDonald's game box score pic.twitter.com/W74nOs12Vb— Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) March 31, 2016