McDonald's All American week provides an opportunity for top prospects to make a final impression on evaluators. Here are some take aways from 247Sports.
Aaron Gordon was in top form during McDonald's week.
Aaron Gordon (forward, Arizona) - Not only did Gordon win the MVP award in a winning effort for the West, scoring 24 points and grabbing eight rebounds, but he also was the top performer in practices. The other forwards on the West team just had no answer for Gordon's athleticism. His improved ball handling is allowing him to get more out of his athleticism. Now if is shooting improves as well, look out.
Jarell Martin (forward, LSU) - Martin didn't get the same level of exposure as the elite prospects on the summer circuit, but he got that exposure in Chicago. At 6-9, Martin moves well, has a skilled feel for the game and is a dangerous three-point shooter. Although he is ranked a five-star prospect by 247Sports, Martin isn't ranked highly enough in the five-star range.
Jabari Parker (forward, Duke) - Parker had solid practices with the West team, but found things a whole lot tougher against Andrew Wiggins of the East squad in the scrimmage and game. There is still a ton of hype around Parker, but it seems based in a mythologically built past and not in reality. Certainly, he has accomplished great things on the court, but is Parker the prospect he has been built up to be by many? Are there better prospects ranked behind him?
Keith Frazier (guard, SMU) - Frazier has always been known for his deep range shooting ability and raw athleticism, but he wasn't expected to be the standout in the East practices. Although his overall game is improving, Frazier is far from being a complete player. But the take away is that there is great value in a 6-6 shooter with athleticism and confidence.
Kennedy Meeks (center, North Carolina) - Unfortunately, Meeks showed up in Chicago out of shape. He was unable to keep up with the pace of play and spent an inordinate amount of time beyond the three-point line. Now Meeks is a skilled player and does shoot with range, but he will need to make some significant changes in order to be successful in North Carolina's up tempo system.
Matt Jones (guard, Duke) - Jones didn't necessarily have a bad week, but there has been a lot of talk about how he has rounded out is game and is not just primarily a catch and shoot guy. Frankly, this talk didn't match his play during the week. Jones, nonetheless, is a valuable player with his sharpshooting ability. I just came into the event expecting more out of him.
School that should feel best about its recruits
Kentucky is the easy answer with its six McDonald's All Americans. All six had strong showings. Julius Randle was dominant at times during the week. Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison proved they can pass the ball with their combined nine assists to only one turnover in the game. James Young has a complete game with scoring punch. Marcus Lee might need some time to develop strength but will be a high level shot blocker and rebounder. And Dakari Johnson continues to improve as a rare low post scorer.
But Kansas and LSU have to feel great about their McDonald's representative. Wayne Selden is physically imposing player with a versatile game. He should make an immediate impact at Kansas as the type of player who can virtually give the Jayhawks whatever they need.
Jarell Martin just might be that elite prospect that many people are sleeping on. Don't be surprised if he is one of the more productive freshmen in the country next year at LSU. His ability to stretch the defensive as a four man will be invaluable.