Player predictions for McDonald's All-American Game
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The experts have weighed in with their predictions for Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). But what do the players think about how the game will play out and who will win MVP honors? ESPNRISE.com asked them to gaze into their crystal ball:
East Team predictionsKenny Boynton Jr. (American Heritage/Plantation, Fla.): "Definitely see Derrick Favors as the top MVP candidate. He's so tough down low it will be hard to stop him. If the players down low ask for the ball, they'll get it. A lot of family and friends are going to be here. A lot, maybe 200. I know it's my show and I want to do good and want everybody to do good. I think we're going to pull the game out by six or seven points."
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Dominic Cheek (St. Anthony/Jersey City, N.J.): "I can't really say who's going to win MVP. The guard will be looking to pass first in the post. We don't want the big men just getting boards and not touching the ball."
DeMarcus Cousins (LeFlore/Mobile, Ala.): "Lance, Lance [Stephenson], there is no doubt."
Derrick Favors (South Atlanta/Atlanta): "Don't know, but we are going to win, I think so. I've seen everybody play and I know everybody can play."
Milton Jennings (Pinewood Prep/Summerville, S.C.): "My MVP pick is Avery Bradley. I think he's the best and most explosive overall player here. I still think the East is going to win by about 10 and stretch it out at the end like it usually happens with most all-star games. I want to see Renardo Sidney play. I've never seen him before, but everybody says he's pretty much a beast."
Ryan Kelly (Ravenscroft/Raleigh): "My team is going to win as long as the big guys get the ball. Derrick [Favors] has a chance to get MVP because he so incredibly athletic. DeMarcus Cousins, too. If Kenny Boynton can get his touches and get hot, he can do something. It's a one-on-one atmosphere, everybody is trying to get shots up. Hopefully everybody gets a chance."
Alex Oriakhi (Tilton School/Lowell, Mass.): "Lance [Stephenson] wasn't here for the practices, but I know he can really go off. Kenny [Boynton], he's really hard to stop. We're not going to focus on any one guy."
Peyton Siva (Franklin/Seattle): [Pointing to Derrick Favors] "Him."
Dexter Strickland (St. Patrick/Rahway, N.J.): "Everybody is trying to have fun. We're trying to get the ball inside because none of our guards are selfish. During the game when the lights come on, I can see somebody trying to do too much. If somebody gets hot, we're definitely going to get them the ball. Derrick Favors would be my choice."
Dante Taylor (National Christian Academy/Ft. Washington, Md.): "Don't know the specifics, but everybody has a chance to win it [MVP]. I want to think I can win it just like the skills competition. I'm a sleeper, don't nobody know me."
Maalik Wayns (Roman Catholic/Philadelphia): "Derrick Favors will win MVP. You have to reward him if he's getting rebounds. We might get Kenny [Boynton] the rock if he gets hot."
West Team predictionsAvery Bradley (Findlay College Prep/Henderson, Nev.): "Renardo [Sidney] is a solid choice. The big man, 'Tiny' [Keith Gallon]. I knew he could run the floor like that."
Abdul Gaddy (Bellarmine Prep/Tacoma, Wash.): "I'm excited to play with Avery Bradley, I haven't played with him since the Rose City Classic. We're [West] going to win, of course."
Keith Gallon (Oak Hill Academy/Mouth of Wilson, Va.): "The whole team is playing well together, the West is going to pull out the win by 10 or more. Avery Bradley he's real good."
Xavier Henry (Putnam City/Oklahoma City): "Abdul [Gabby] is passing to Avery [Bradley], he ain't looking for nobody else. Renardo Sidney is shooting a lot, too. We'll see how the game goes, but if Kenny Boynton is not hot from them [East], we'll probably win."
John Henson (Sickles/Tampa, Fla.): "I've seen everybody play, this is nothing new, but Avery [Bradley], he's real, real nice. I think we're going to win, hopefully by a lot, but you never know."
Wally Judge (PF, Landover, Md./Arlington Country Day School, Fla.): "In my opinion, I like Avery Bradley. He works hard every play. He goes full speed all the time and it's not like he's out of control. They [the East] are going to have to keep up with him."
Mason Plumlee (Christ School/Arden, N.C.): "My pick right now has to be Avery Bradley. He's fast and plays so hard every second. I've seen him play before, I knew what he could do, but he's always bringing something new. I respect how hard he plays."
Renardo Sidney (Fairfax/Los Angeles): "I don't know right now, maybe one of the guards. We're the best and are here to have fun. I've been really impressed with Tommy Mason-Griffin. He's a power point guard, strong, plus he's got that pull-up jumper."
Michael Snaer (Rancho Verde/Moreno Valley, Calif.): "I would like to think I can win MVP."
David Wear (Mater Dei/Santa Ana, Calif.): "It will be one of the guards. Xavier [Henry] or maybe Avery [Bradley]. He's going to have his hands on the ball the entire game. I really didn't know Avery was as good as he is."
Travis Wear (Mater Dei/Santa Ana, Calif.): "If I had to pick a player right now, I would pick Xavier Henry. He's plays that 2 or 3 spot, so he get touches, and he can create his own shot."
Note: Lance Stephenson (Lincoln/Brooklyn, N.Y.) attended only one practice and was unavailable for comment.
Ronnie Flores is a senior editor for ESPNRISE.com.
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