Jahlil Okafor, West team outlast East in McDonald’s All-America Game

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Wednesday night in Chicago many of the nation’s best incoming freshmen were on display, playing in the 37th edition of the McDonald’s All-American Game. The East and West teams put forth a tight affair throughout the night, with a Jahlil Okafor dunk late giving the West team the lead for good in its 105-102 victory.

Okafor, who’s headed to Duke next season, finished the game with 17 points and seven rebounds and earned West MVP honors in the process. The East MVP was North Carolina signee Justin Jackson, with the slender wing accounting for 23 points and five rebounds.

Assisting Okafor leading the West were SMU signee Emmanuel Mudiay, who finished the game with 15 points and six assists, and UNLV verbal commitment Rashad Vaughn (14 points, five rebounds). Mudiay, given his skill level and versatility, could very well be the difference-maker for a program that just missed out on its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1993. Kelly Oubre, who’s headed to Kansas, added 11 points for the West.

Joining Jackson in double figures for the East team were Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. (13 points) and Ohio State signee D’Angelo Russell (11). Kansas signee Cliff Alexander finished with nine points and ten rebounds, and Duke signee Tyus Jones added seven points and ten assists.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.