Last night was the annual McDonald's All-American Game and there wasn't a shortage of Kentucky-bound players to watch. The best high school players in the country competed in an entertaining exhibition that gave fans hope for next season.
Here are some of my takeaways from the game:
- Like I stated, this was just an exhibition game so it's hard to get too excited or too down on specific players. They only had a few days to prepare in and limited time to practice. Also, remember that last season Cheik Diallo and Skal Labissiere were exhibition game stars. The college season for both guys left a lot to be desired.
- That being said, I do think Bam Adebayo looked the best out of the Kentucky kids. He was the only player in the game with a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. He primarily played center and looked like the most dominant big man on the court. He has size, strength, skills, and athleticism. He has it all, friends.
- Malik Monk scored 11 points on dunks and lay-ups. He didn't have his shot going but he also dished out four assists.
- De'Aaron Fox struggled from the field, only scoring 2 points. Like Monk, his shot wasn't falling and at times, he looked like he was playing too fast. All-star games of this nature are hardest on point guards. He did have 7 assists. He can drop dimes better than any of the other players on the court and he is going to have a ton of weapons to work with. He's going to be REALLY good.
- Sacha Killeya-Jones scored 6 points and grabbed 2 steals off of the bench. He was very agile on the court and had more of a physical presence under the basket than I had anticipated. He has gained muscle over the course of his junior and senior seasons. He has a way to go but I think he is going to be more ready than we anticipated. I think he is a hybrid of Skal and Willie Cauley-Stein.
- Marques Bolden and Jarrett Allen remain the final John Calipari targets that have yet to commit. I honestly thought Allen looked more ready physically than Bolden. Allen was more assertice early and has a bigger body. Allen actually got the start for the West and Bolden played his back-up. If Bolden chooses to go to Duke, Allen would be a great secondary choice. I may even be convinced that Allen is a better player. If Kentucky doesn't get either, Bam will be perfectly fine playing center with either Derek Willis or Tai Wynyard at power forward. At this point, Allen or Bolden is just icing on an extremely rich cake.
Tweet(s) of the Day
Suns Nation (@SunsNation_NBA) March 30, 2016
Ls down ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/c9AuciPl8Q— SKJ‼️ (@The_SKJ) March 30, 2016
As you would guess, Louisville fans were salty about this picture.
Well, if that's true then Louisivlle must be the Buffalo Bills because they never win.
2016-17 shaping up to be another love-fest in the Commonwealth https://t.co/7BpYs29Bvh— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) March 30, 2016
Mike isn't salty and he's correct.
Kentucky Wildcats Quickies
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Sacha Killeya-Jones has been making noise this week. Is he an underrated five-star player? He certainly made his case in Chicago. For his part, SKJ is taking this as a challenge and is using the phrase "iron sharpens iron" when he talks about competing with players like Bam and Bolden. I like his attitude.
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