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West tops East, loaded with Duke recruits, in McDonald’s All-American game

The East's Wendell Carter Jr. (34) shoots over the West's MJ Walker (24) as Michael Porter Jr., center, also defends during the first half of Wednesday’s McDonald's All-American boys basketball game in Chicago. Carter has committed to Duke.
The East's Wendell Carter Jr. (34) shoots over the West's MJ Walker (24) as Michael Porter Jr., center, also defends during the first half of Wednesday’s McDonald's All-American boys basketball game in Chicago. Carter has committed to Duke. AP

Michael Porter Jr. scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the West over the East 109-107 in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday.

Uncommitted center Brandon McCoy rejected two East shots near the end of the game to seal the win for the West.

Porter Jr. was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Jaylen Hands, a UCLA recruit, added 14 points for the West.

Porter Jr., a 6-foot-10 forward ranked among the top prospects of his class by multiple recruiting services, announced last week he will play college basketball at Missouri. His father was recently hired by the Tigers as an assistant coach.

The East was led by Mohamed Bamba, who scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Bamba is undecided on a college but reportedly Duke is in the running.

Potential Triangle recruits

At one point, five potential Duke recruits were on the floor – for for the East.

▪ Forward Kevin Knox II, a prospect for both Duke and North Carolina, finished with 15 points for the East. Knox, who plays for Tampa Catholic, is the son of former Florida State wide receiver Kevin Knox. He’s reportedly also considering Kentucky and Florida State.

▪ Duke commit Wendell Carter Jr. finished with 10 points and five rebounds for the East.

▪ Another Blue Devils commit, guard Gary Trent Jr., finished with seven points for the West.

▪ East point guard Trevon Duval, another prospect, added eight points and three assists.

▪ The West’s Brian Bowen, reportedly considering N.C. State, went 1-for-6 from the field for three points.

GIRLS

East 80, West 74: Rellah Boothe had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the East over the West 80-74 in overtime. The 6-foot-1 Boothe has signed with Texas.

Providence Day’s Janelle Bailey, the 2016-17 Charlotte Observer All-Mecklenburg girls’ player of the year, was the only N.C. player in the girls’ game. Bailey finished with four points (1-of-5 from the field) and seven rebounds in 11 minutes of play.

Bailey, a 6-foot-3 senior who signed with North Carolina, is the second Providence Day player to make the McDonald’s game, following Jatarie White, who played in 2014. White transferred from South Carolina to Texas and will have two years eligibility remaining beginning in the 2017-18 season.

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