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March 29, 2012

McDonald's AA Game: East squad breakdown

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CHICAGO - Rivals.com analyst Jerry Meyer gives his scouting report on the East squad's players during McDonald's All-American Game week, which includes practices and Wednesday's game.

Kyle Anderson (Rivals rank: No.2)

Anderson is still the most unique player in the 2012 class with his ever-growing length and advanced skill level. Equipped to play any position on the court, Anderson is at his best when the ball is in his hands, and he is directing traffic.

Dajuan Coleman (No. 27)

Coleman has an inordinate size advantage over his 2012 competitors and parlayed it into rebounds during the game. During practice he was practically non-existent despite his size which probably means his ranking is in the right range.

Kris Dunn (No. 10)

With his athleticism and length for his position, Dunn had periods of brilliance in practice and moments of brilliance in the game. He also had episodes of sloppiness which relegate him in that high reward/high risk category. Nonetheless, he is a great talent who is expected to live up to or exceed his ranking.

Perry Ellis (No. 24)

Ellis is the consummate solid forward who defends, rebounds and scores when given the opportunity. A truly borderline five-star, Ellis is expected to do significant things at Kansas. The question is what he will be capable to do at the NBA level.

Shaquille Goodwin (No. 26)

Goodwin didn't do anything to raise his stock over the week. He seemed disinterested in practice and had no pop to his game. When the lights came on during the game, he found a different energy level, but the question is how much game does he have?

Gary Harris (No.25)

Harris didn't help his stock either. He struggled to make a shot in practice and was just solid otherwise. That scenario played out in the game.

Amile Jefferson (No. 36)

Jefferson played right around his ranking during the week. He has some skill but not much range on his jumper and not a lot of strength in traffic.

Tyler Lewis (No. 55)

The consummate point guard has been targeted for a rise in the rankings with his play during the season. In practice he was good on the offensive end, hitting shots and making passes. In the game the shot wasn't falling, but Lewis' playmaking abilities were evident.

Tony Parker (No. 33)

Despite his lack of effort during practice, Parker might actually be under-ranked. He has great footwork, soft hands and touch around the basket. The question is if he will compete for the ball and the win. Parker has the ability to impact the game beyond his ranking.

Alex Poythress (No. 19)

Besides Jerrett, no one raised their stock more than Poythress. Perhaps the best athlete in the class, Poythress was a dominant force during practice and the game.

Rodney Purvis (No. 6)

Purvis is at the high end of his ranking range, but the combo guard played to his perceived abilities during the week. He was a spark for the East's comeback effort with his effort on the defensive end and slashing ability on offense.

T.J. Warren (No. 23)

Warren found the net during the second half of the game, but he was scoring at will at all times in practice. Although he doesn't have NBA athleticism for his position, he does have a mature and crafty game that is all about scoring and rebounding.



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