If you watched the McDonald’s All-American game last night, you got to see Kentucky newest additions on display. Generally speaking, you really can’t get too much from these events, but this year had some of the best talent on display we’ve seen in a long time.
Let’s take a quick look at how the Kentucky commitments did last night. Andrew Wiggins is also in there because he’s uncommitted with a UK offer:
There’s really not too many important takeaways from this game, honestly – all-star games are always pretty useless for real evaluation. All Kentucky’s guys did some good stuff out there, with Dakari Johnson leading the way in points with 12 followed closely by Randle with 11. Randle also got 7 rebounds and showed exactly what we’d hoped to see out of him.
I was a little surprised to see Johnson get so many points, which speaks to the fact he was getting some good post position. Johnson is a traditional type of big post player that you don’t see that often out of college anymore, and although he’s not a high-riser or super athlete, he’s got very good fundamental skills, and he uses his big body really well.
One of the most surprising things to me was how few 3-point shots were made. Between both teams, there were only 7 made threes out of 39 attempts (18%), and I hope that isn’t representative of the kind of shooters this class has. The Kentucky guys took a total of six 3-point shots, and made … bupkis.
I did like the way that the Harrison twins took care of the ball. Together, they had 9 assists and only 1 turnover between them, which is really strong. Andrew, the point guard, wound up with the most points, going 5-5 from the field. Aaron had an off night, apparently.
I was really surprised that James Young only took one 3-point shot, considering his reputation as a knock-down shooter. He did take it to the rack several times from the wing, however, and went for six points.
Wiggins, of course, got the big minutes and the big points. The most interesting thing about his game was how well he shot it from the line, making 7 of 8 free throws, and every one of them was pure. Clearly, Wiggins doesn’t mind contact drawing all those fouls.
Randle is as advertised, and got the second most minutes on his team behind Wiggins. Randle let both squads in rebounding, which is consistent with what I’ve seen him do in the few games I’ve watched him play. He’s strong and craves contact.
I think this is an awesome bunch coming in, and I’d love to add Wiggins to the class and just make it indomitable. We’ll have to wait and see, but for those of us who wanted to see what these guys are all about, at least a little bit, we got a taste last night.