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McDonald's All-Star Game

April 1, 2010 - Seth Staskey

I had the opportunity to attend the 33rd annual McDonald's All-American High School basketball game Wednesday evening in Columbus.

All I could say was wow on several levels.

The first level of wow came from the fact of just how good the players were. I mean you read and hear about these national players going Division I, but there's still a little bit of a level of doubt or the obvious unknown if you've never seen them with your own eyes. Well, let me help the cause....erase the doubt. The players who are in the game are the most complete players. They're not only freakish athletes with a quick bounce, but they can all handle, shoot and defend. There were shots getting jacked out of there on the interior. As a buddy of mine likes to say quite frequently, "You've got to be a man to score on the interior." Well, he's not kidding cause if a player didn't go up to the rim strong, he was getting his shot blocked.

Secondly, I said wow for the simple fact that Ohio State University has interior scoring help on the way. Buckeye fans sat and watched this season in amazement of how good Evan Turner was, but lamented the fact that there was a lack of depth and interior scoring. Well, Turner's bags are basically packed for the NBA, but Thad Matta's approach of a four-guard offense won't have to change much.

However, one of the things that will have to change is the lineup. Dallas Lauderdale should find himself a nice seat on the bench because Jared Sullinger is coming. Sullinger was named East MVP during the McDonald's Game after scoring 22 points. He was scoring in a bevy of ways. He drilled two treys, had several dunks, including one off a lob and showed a fierce relentless in the paint. He was a man on the boards and passed the ball well.

He wasn't the only help the Buckeyes have coming. DeShaun Thomas of Fort Wayne, Indiana scored 11 points. He's going to be a tremendous player at OSU. He's big at 6-ft-5 and can score inside and outside. He did shoot two air balls, but he'll get a pass for that. Personally, I see him coming off the bench to spell William Buford and Jon Diebler next year. Aaron Craft of Findlay Liberty Benton is my pick to take over the point guard duties if Turner departs as many, including myself, expect.

The third realization I came to was one I come to all the time when I watch big-time basketball. The game that's played here in the Ohio Valley isn't even close to the same sport. I mean the game of basketball is fast and played above the rim. Obviously, that's not the case around here. 

Overall, it was a tremendous game, which the West won on a late three-point goal by Brandon Knight, who's undecided about his collegiate future.



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