If Wednesday night was an accurate indication, the 2012 talent drought in college basketball was less the start of a downward trend as it was a short-lived blip.
The future is bright again on the hardwood, judging by the 36th annual McDonald’s All-American Game. Although light on shooters for the second consecutive season and staggeringly barren at center — a major step-down from last year’s pivot-dominated class — the class of 2013 is stocked on the wing and at the hybrid forward position.
The West defeated the East 110 – 99 in the glorified all-star game at the United Center in Chicago. Aaron Gordon led all scorers with 24 points, pacing the West to a never-in-doubt victory while garnering game MVP honors. But Gordon was far from the lone standout on the big midweek stage.
Enjoy these snapshots from the feverish, heavyweight showdown in the Windy City, a glimpse of what’s in store for college hoops this fall. Brace yourself.