Future Cats Booker, Lyles and Ulis all contribute in All-American win

broberts@herald-leader.comApril 3, 2014 

— Three future Kentucky basketball players ended up on the winning side of the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night.

Devin Booker, Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis all had a hand in leading the West team to a 105-102 victory over the East at the United Center.

Lyles had eight points and eight rebounds, Booker also scored eight points, and Ulis added five points, three assists and three rebounds. Ulis — a 5-foot-9 fan favorite playing in his hometown — was trending nationally on Twitter with his impressive performance early in the game.

Karl Towns Jr. — playing for the East team — had six points and two blocked shots. One of his blocks came at the expense of UNLV signee Rashad Vaughn, and video of the swat was already making the rounds online before the game had ended.

Duke signee Jahlil Okafor and North Carolina signee Justin Jackson shared most valuable player honors.

Alyssa Rice was the only UK signee in the McDonald's girls' game, which was played earlier in the night. Rice — a 6-3 post player — had six points and two rebounds, and she tied a game high with four blocked shots as the starting center for the West team, which defeated the East 80-78.

Perry Central Coach Randy Napier and assistants Kevin Whitman and Jeff Campbell coached the West team.

The announced attendance for Wednesday's games was 17,116 — the fourth-highest total in the 37 years of the event.

Towns and Lyles will be on national television again April 12, when both players will represent the World team at the Nike Hoop Summit. That event will be shown at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

On April 18, all four UK men's signees will play in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., an event that will be shown live at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: UKrecruiting.bloginky.com.

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