Sure, the McDonald’s All-American game is an exhibition; the outcome serving as a backstory to the talent on the court. But when the West team’s 25-point lead was cut to four in the final minutes, it became imperative to earn a win.
“We’re talking about the 24 best players in the country, not just 12 (on the West team),” said Gordy Kerkman, head coach of the West. “You really knew, it sort of felt good to be 24 up, but you never feel safe.”
The West all-stars were able to hold off the East’s late-game comeback, earning a 106-102 victory. Though the margin of victory was a little too close for comfort.
“They put a little bit of pressure on us,” said Indiana Hoosiers commit Yogi Ferrell, who posted eight assists in the win. “I felt like we made some sloppy passes. I came in the game. Me, (Rasheed Sulaimon), Archie (Goodwin), Grant (Jerrett), we all closed out the game pretty well.”
Shabazz Muhammad, the nation’s top senior prospect, according to Scout.com, was named the ga