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McDonald's All American Game roundup: Oubre, Alexander and Turner

All-star basketball games have the reputation of turning into open-court affairs in which defense is an afterthought and nonchalantness rules the day.

So the best you can hope for is a tight game in the final minutes. That assures some true competitiveness will be on display.

As it turned out, that's exactly what the 2014 McDonald's All American Game provided Wednesday night at Chicago's United Center.

And two future Kansas University basketball players, signees Kelly Oubre Jr. of the West, and the East's Cliff Alexander, went right at each other — in mid-air — on the play that would help decide the game.

McDonald's West All-American Kelly Oubre, left, goes up for a dunk but is fouled by McDonald's East All-American Cliff Alexander during the second half of the McDonald's All-American boy's basketball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago . The West won 105-102.

McDonald's West All-American Kelly Oubre, left, goes up for a dunk but is fouled by McDonald's East All-American Cliff Alexander during the second half of the McDonald's All-American boy's basketball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago . The West won 105-102.

The West prevailed, 105-102, after Oubre attacked the rim and drew a foul on Alexander in the final minute.

Oubre, a 6-foot-7 wing from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., hit two free throws with 19.1 seconds left to boost a 103-102 lead to the final margin.

Alexander, who played with his right wrist taped, scored nine points off 4-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also had an assist and a block in 25 minutes.

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Below are some of the game's highlights from MaxPreps High School Sports. Alexander wore No. 11 in red for the East, Oubre was No. 12 in black for the West and KU recruiting target Myles Turner wore No. 35 on the East squad.

You can watch Alexander attack the offensive glass at the 2:10 mark.

We learned a lot about Alexander, Oubre and Turner in the past few days. In case you missed the stories on the two future Jayhawks and their potential future teammate, we've bundled them all together here for you, along with some high school highlights of the McDonald's All Americans.


Cliff Alexander

Cliff Alexander, a 6-foot-9 post player out of Curie Metro High, in Chicago, gets his hand on a rebound at the McDonald's All American Game Wednesday at Chicago's United Center. Alexander finished with nine points and 11 rebounds in his East team's 105-102 loss.

Cliff Alexander, a 6-foot-9 post player out of Curie Metro High, in Chicago, gets his hand on a rebound at the McDonald's All American Game Wednesday at Chicago's United Center. Alexander finished with nine points and 11 rebounds in his East team's 105-102 loss.

Even before he ceremoniously grabbed an Illinois hat off a table, then dropped it and declared himself a Jayhawk, Cliff Alexander spoke openly about his one-and-done intention to help his family financially.

On the same day Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft, the next big thing changed his tune following McDonald’s All-American Games practice Monday morning.

“I wouldn’t mind staying two years,” Alexander said.

Read the full story: KU signee Cliff Alexander in no rush to go pro


Kelly Oubre Jr.

Kelly Oubre Jr., a 6-foot-7 swingman from Richmond, Texas, defends the East's Theo Pinson during the McDonald's All American Game Wednesday in Chicago. Oubre's West team won the all-star game, 105-102.

Kelly Oubre Jr., a 6-foot-7 swingman from Richmond, Texas, defends the East's Theo Pinson during the McDonald's All American Game Wednesday in Chicago. Oubre's West team won the all-star game, 105-102.

Kelly Oubre Jr., the kid Kansas University is counting on to replace Andrew Wiggins on the wing next season, said the move from Texas to Vegas benefitted him as a player and a person.

“I don’t want to limit myself,” Oubre said. “I want to further my game and challenge myself from a competitive standpoint. We played the best competition every night and did a lot of traveling, got to see the world. More experiences, more maturity and being on my own away from my family is going to help me get ready for college.”

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Myles Turner

Myles Turner, a 7-foot center from Trinity High, in Bedford, Texas, and the only uncommitted player participating in the McDonald's All-American game, takes a jump-hook during practice on Sunday in Chicago — three days before the McDonald's All American Game.

Myles Turner, a 7-foot center from Trinity High, in Bedford, Texas, and the only uncommitted player participating in the McDonald's All-American game, takes a jump-hook during practice on Sunday in Chicago — three days before the McDonald's All American Game.

Myles Turner has heard the talk that his college choices are down to Kansas University or Texas.

It did not originate from Myles Turner, nor, the highly ranked basketball recruit said, any representatives of Myles Turner.

“There are three people in my circle and I keep it real tight,” Turner said, referring to himself and his parents. “Alternative sources, you never know what they might want out of it or who they know or what their ulterior motives are. Keeping a tight circle is very key in this whole process.”

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More to view

Be sure to check out the McDonald's All American Game photo gallery, and some behind-the-scenes practice videos, too.

Comments

Brett McCabe 8 months, 2 weeks ago

If I'm on the advising committee for Turner, here's what I say:

Announce for KU now. If JoJo stays, you'll work every day against a future number one draft pick in practice. You will get better, fast. Self will play you - the minutes will work themselves out - they always do - and you'll be poised for a great future. KU big men always improve and always get drafted high. Don't overthink it. Go where you know things always work out well.

Keith Gellar 8 months, 2 weeks ago

haha..that's funny. Turner is OAD. He may or may not come to KU, but he's not looking to play in anyone's shadow. Self himself said it- with JoJo on the squad, no point on having Turner.

Robert Brock 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Turner would not likely be OAD at KU. Alexander will start at the 5 and Ellis will start at the 4.

Glenn Moore Jr 8 months, 2 weeks ago

but if jo jo does come back who starts at the 4 ellis or alexander? as much at you get from perry on the offence side(some nights no all) his defence is horrible (in my best charles barkley voice) every night. and we gotta have people who can gaurd their position. this year we only had wigs and jojo who you felt could hold their man with out help.

Keith Gellar 8 months, 2 weeks ago

exactly..which is why he's go to a school where he can get the opportunity to put up big numbers to be OAD. he's 7 footer which is a rare breed in the NBA. aslong as he puts up decent numbers, he'll go top 10

Brett McCabe 8 months, 2 weeks ago

The nba doesn't draft on numbers. JoJo and Wiggins are pegged in the top-three and both had good, but not great numbers. Turner can do it here.

Suzi Marshall 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I totally agree. Turner will get his minutes and practicing everyday with Embiid, assuming he stays, Traylor, Ellis, Mickelson, Lucas will do wonders for his development.

I've seen Turner play a few time and he is a TAD.

Rodney Crain 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Turner has shown patience he has a great idea what his options are. I personally think he would like to come to KU, he would play and play a lot for Big Man program, Great coaching, and a chance for some rings. Close to home not a bad thing either. I think it is why he is waiting, to see what Joel does. Otherwise he could just announce, why wait??? I hope our coaches keep texting him Joel updates, even if it is not today Myles but soon. We will test you as soon as we can.

The money is sitting there for Joel, but I have to think he is thinking about that 2nd contract, the one where you "really" get paid in the NBA. I think he is also wondering where he is going to refine his game the most and the quickest, he wants to be one of the best. It will not draw out for than a few weeks, maybe less.

I would love Joel back, but if he leaves and we get Turner, well that will be interesting too.

Suzi Marshall 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes he does. Frankly, if he were my son, I'd send him to Kansas regardless of what Embiid does. The completion and coaching at Kansas, especially for Bigs, is the best.

Brett McCabe 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Suzi...I can now see a world where cats love dogs, the Hatfields and MCoy's get along famously, Bill Self and Steve Fisher become best bro's and Mel Gibson converts to Judaism. If you and I can agree on something, then something magical is about to happen!

Kevin Long 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm really done with all the crap that kusports.com has put up on the website. I don't want to answer any stupid questions just to read an article. I guess I will have to get may Hawks news elsewhere.

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