James McAdoo, P.J. Hairston star
CHICAGO -- James McAdoo might soon get used to showing off his skills in front of huge crowds.
McAdoo, who has committed to North Carolina, scored 17 points and Michael Gilchrist added 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the East to a 111-96 victory over the West in the McDonald's All-American game on Wednesday night at the United Center.
McAdoo and Gilchrist were named co-MVPs in front of the largest crowd -- 20,019 -- of the All-Star game's 34-year history. It surpassed the 2003 game in Cleveland that featured LeBron James.
"Just to come out here and play in front of 20,000 people is just unreal," said McAdoo, whose uncle, Bob, also played at UNC and was a star in the NBA for 14 seasons. "Only 24 guys get this opportunity, there are thousands and thousands kids at home that did not get this chance. It hasn't really hit me yet, but just to get this MVP with Michael is really an honor."
Marshall Plumlee, who will follow his brothers to Duke, scored on a baby hook, then after Gilchrist made two free throws, McAdoo had a breakaway dunk to give the East a 93-84 lead.
Florida commit Brad Beal also added 17 points for the East and P.J. Hairston finished with 15 points. Hairston will also join McAdoo at North Carolina in the fall.
Anthony Davis, who is committed to Kentucky along with Gilchrist, finished with 14 points and four blocked shots for the West.
Davis was a relative unknown a year ago, but climbed up the players rankings after a growth spurt a year ago.
"I knew one day that I wanted to be a McDonald's All-American and I got that call and I was shocked," Davis said. "All that hard work, you've got to put in the work. Alonzo Mourning told us earlier today, 'You put in what you get out of the game.' So I just try to put in the game."
Austin Rivers finished with 14 points for the West. He played in front his father, Doc, who was a McDonald's All-American in 1980. Rivers, one of the most sought-after recruits in the country, signed to play at Duke.
"I don't like losing, point blank," Austin Rivers said. "I'm just lost. That's how I am. I'm competitive. They outhustled on defense and offense. It's frustrating."
Wayne Blackshear played despite injuring his left shoulder in practice. The Louisville recruit and Chicago Public League star scored two points.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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