Future Cats fare well at McDonald's All-American games

broberts@herald-leader.comApril 3, 2013 

Kentucky basketball fans who watched Wednesday night's McDonald's All-American Game probably didn't get a very good idea of what they'll be seeing next season. But that wasn't really the point.

As usual, the annual all-star event turned into a sloppy showcase of fast breaks, missed threes and crazy dunks. And there was always at least one Wildcat on the floor.

The West team — led by MVP Aaron Gordon's 24 points and eight rebounds — defeated the East 110-99. UK recruiting target Andrew Wiggins was the top scorer for the East with 19 points, and John Calipari would love to add him to a class that already includes six McDonald's All-Americans.

Dakari Johnson led that group of UK commitments with 12 points. Julius Randle scored 11, and Andrew Harrison (10), Aaron Harrison (six), James Young (six) and Marcus Lee (two) followed in the scoring column.

There were blue shirts sprinkled throughout the United Center, and one fan yelled "Go to UK!" while Wiggins was shooting free throws in the first half.

But there was no college announcement from the country's No. 1 prospect, who is still deciding among UK, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas.

In the girls' game, UK signees Makayla Epps and Linnae Harper held their own against the nation's best.

Harper, a Chicago native, had eight points and four assists to help lead her West squad to a 92-64 victory. Epps was the East's second-leading scorer with 13 points.

The pair of point guards have big things in mind for next season. "I think next year we can make a very big impact on Kentucky, and hopefully we can get them to the Final Four," Harper said.

Owensboro Catholic star Becca Greenwell had a game-high eight points when she limped to the locker room in the first half. The Duke commitment returned to the West bench in the second half with an ice pack wrapped around her knee, but she did not re-enter the game.

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