The future of Tobacco Road was on display
tonight in New York City when seven future Blue Devils and Tar Heels took the
floor in the McDonalds All American game. On this night it was a Blue Devil who
took home top honors as JJ Redick knocked down 26 points to go along with four
assists to earn MVP honors.
Perhaps Redick's top competitor for MVP honors
was future Tar Heel Rashad McCants who scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds
as the future rivals led the East to an easy 138-107 victory over the West in
the 25th annual McDonalds All American Game.
Though Redick put together a top notch scoring performance, the three other Blue
Devil recruits were somewhat quiet from the field.
Sean Dockery ran the point for the West team and didn't look to score (he didn't
even put up a shot in the first half) as much as some of his counterparts. The
result was a box score line of 2 points and 2 assists in only 20 minutes of
action. He told the media after the game that he was still competing despite a
massive deficit created by the East. "I've always been taught to play hard, no
matter what's going on," said Dockery, "I'll need to do that at Duke or I'll end
up on the bench."
Aside for Dockery there was 6'10 center Michael Thompson who didn't put up huge
numbers, but did attack the basket and showed very good footwork in the paint.
The future Blue Devil teamed with Georgia Tech recruit Chris Bosh to account for
the West's only post presence thanks to an injury to Paul Davis.
With Thompson being the biggest player on the court, it was up to him to
establish a presence in the lane. "I tried to bang with them as much as I could
tonight, but we really didn't have a lot of size," Thompson said. "But this is
good because playing with guys like that is going to make you better." Thompson
also said that he appreciated the opportunity to play in the game and that he is
looking forward to improving to get ready for the college game. He finished the
game with 11 points and 3 rebounds.
The fourth and final Blue Devil was Tobacco Road product Shavlik Randolph who's
reputation has taken a hit after an injury plagued year. Randolph managed to
score 9 points and grab 3 rebounds, but he also seemed to be bothered by some of
the more physical players on the floor. Certainly he had a chance to showcase
some of the skill level which makes him so versatile. The 6'10 forward showcased
a soft touch and decent shooting range.
Certainly the future in the ACC looks bright
with 10 ACC representatives in the game, and it should have been 11 with the
noticeable absence of Shelden Williams who was left out of the festivities.
Future Tar Heel Sean May agreed when spoke with Al Featherstone of the Durham
Herald Sun. ""The ACC has a strong class — three
McDonald’s All-Americans going to Carolina, four to Duke ... and it should have
been five with Shelden ," May said. "Travis Garrison is a great player ... and
Eric Williams is so strong inside. It’s going to be a real special year for the