McDonald’s All-American Game Postmortem

Posted by    |    March 30th, 2012 at 5:30 am

Fingers crossed that big man Cameron Ridley is Texas-bound.

Texas commitment Cameron Ridley and his West squad won the McDonald’s All-American game last night, 106-102. Ridley actually had a really good game, posting a box score line of 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. I did a postmortem of the game for Kentucky SBNation website A Sea of Blue if you want to check out my thoughts on the various players. Here’s my take on Ridley’s performance.

Best Big Man: Cameron Ridley (Texas)

This was a spirited battle, and seeing Ridley and opposing East starter DaJuan Coleman (Syracuse) go head to head was enjoyable. Coleman led the game in rebounds with 12, but Ridley was the highest scoring big, posting up 12 points. Isaiah Austin (Baylor) showed undeniable perimeter talent, and Tony Parker (undecided) was a load inside. Also, Arizona’s future twin tower duo of Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett looked sneaky good.

In the end though, Ridley showed the most with a dazzling array of fundamentals. He started the game with a nifty post move (though he didn’t finish), was excellent at rolling to the basket, and was one of the few bigs who felt comfortable enough handling at the perimeter (shades of Josh Harrellson). Most importantly, Ridley was a solid rebounder and the best defender, owning the paint better than his fellow bigs.

It was easy to see why this class is tilted so top-heavy, as I liked the forward/center play better than the guards’. Also, the McDonald’s game did not even include notables like Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona), Mitch McGary (Michigan), or Kentucky target Nerlens Noel (undeclared), three bigs that are also plenty talented.

 

Shabazz Muhammad took home the MVP award, and other standout performers included Alex Poythress (Kentucky), Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke), and Kyle Anderson (UCLA).

The full box score can be found here.