It was quite a show last night in Chicago, where the best high school players in the country took the court in the United Center for the McDonald’s All-American game in an East vs. West matchup. Duke commit Jahlil Okafor and his team of West All-Americans won the game 105-102. Our man big Jah was named Co-MVP with UNC commit Justin Jackson of the East team. Okafor finished the game with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Jackson tallied 23 points and 5 rebounds. Okafor threw down a few monstrous dunks throughout the game and showed his savvy in the post as well. As you know, our other 3 2014 commits were also in the game. Okafor’s West teammate, Grayson Allen, scored 4 points and 2 steals. Where Grayson really stole the show is during the PowerAde Slam Dunk Contest on Monday night, where he donned a Jay Williams Duke jersey and jumped over his future teammate Jahlil Okafor to win the crown as slam dunk champion.
The East squad featured the other 2 Duke commits, point guard Tyus Jones and forward Justise Winslow. Tyus scored 7 points but also tossed out a game high 10 assists while Winslow added 9 points and 3 rebounds. Tyus also took home the 1st place trophy in the Skills Competition before the dunk contest on Monday night. Our Duke guys all showed flashes of what they will bring to the team next year during the week of All-American events. You can’t take much from an All-Star game like this but Tyus looked as good as advertised, a pure pass-first point guard that can run your team while he’s out there. Okafor looked like he will be a force on the low block from the minute he steps on the court for the Blue Devils. Winslow was pegged as one of the best wing defenders during the practices that were held on Monday and Tuesday in Chicago, while Allen showed off his sweet jump shot throughout the scrimmages.
As Duke fans we should be very excited about these 4 guys, this looks to be one of the best Duke classes in the past few years. These guys will have a tremendous impact as soon as they step foot on Duke’s campus this summer.