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April 5, 2002

MDAA: Redick's 26 leads East to 138-107 victory

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

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.


Redick was named MDAA MVP after scoring a game high 26 points

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 ACC." "

ACC Impact on McDonalds Game

Player

School

Notes

J.J Redick* Duke 26 points, 4 assists
Rashad McCants North Carolina 22 points, 6 rebounds
Chris Bosh Georgia Tech 14 points, 7 rebounds
Michael Thompson Duke 11 points, 3 rebounds
Shavlik Randolph Duke 9 points, 3 rebounds
Eric Williams Wake Forest 9 points, 13 rebounds
Sean May North Carolina 7 points, 12 rebounds
Raymond Felton North Carolina 5 points, 4 assists
Sean Dockery Duke 2 points, 2 assists
Travis Garrison Maryland 2 points, 9 rebounds

*-Redick named MVP



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