The McDonald's All-American game is typically a high scoring affair that consists of lackluster defense and doesn't exactly showcase what you'd consider fundamental team basketball.
Instead it's an event that gives talented recruits the opportunity to compete against their peers on a national stage. Perhaps even add some impressive footage to their highlight reels along the way. This was certainly the case Wednesday night at the United Center.
On the strength of a 19 point, 7 rebound performance, Duke recruit Jahlil Okafor walked away with co-MVP honors along with future Tobacco Road rival Justin Jackson of North Carolina. Jackson had undoubtedly the strongest offensive performance of the night, putting up a game high 23 points and going 11 of 15 from the field.
Vaughn might not of had the biggest night of the bunch, but he certainly had his moments. He made a jumper and then followed up with a dunk to give the West an 82-74 lead midway through the half, before Justin Jackson took over offensively to keep the East in the game, scoring seven points in little over two minutes.
Some other notable performances include SMU-bound Emmanuel Mudiay, who scored 15 points going 6 of 15 from the field and 3 of 4 from three point range. Indiana recruit James Blackmon also had a solid performance going 5 of 11 from the field and 2 for 2 from long distance, he finished the night with 13 points.
It should also be noted that the East actually took 21 fewer shots than the West. They went 43 of 89 from the field in comparison to the West's 43 of 110.
All in all, there wasn't a whole lot of information to be gained on Wednesday night in Chicago, but with some of the nation's most highly touted recruits performing at such a high offensive level, it appears that this group of incoming freshmen will be fun to watch.