CHICAGO – Josh Jackson came to Chicago for the McDonald’s All American festivities last weekend with the same primary goal he has for any event: Total domination.
He even joked Sunday night that he might top his girlfriend, Benton Harbor (Mich.) guard Kysre Gondrezick’s famous 72-point game.
He didn’t quite make it there, but there was no doubt who the best player on the court was Wednesday night at the United Center.
Jackson, from Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.), scored 19 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists and if there were a stat for cheering on teammates from the bench, Jackson would’ve lead that category too in the West’s 114-107 win against the East.
Jackson was named Co-MVP along with Frank Jackson, a Duke signee from Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) who also had 19 points for the West. Marques Bolden (DeSoto, Texas) chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds for the West.
“I think I played pretty well,” Josh Jackson said. “Mostly because of my teammates finding me in the right situations. Thank God for Lonzo Ball; he had an amazing floor game and found me a lot. It was a lot of fun.”
Jayson Tatum, a Duke signee from Chaminade Prep (St. Louis), scored 18 points leading six players in double figures for the East.
Josh Jackson was a matchup problem for everyone on the East’s roster early.
He went 5 of 6 from the field in the first half and led all scorers with 11 point on the way to a 52-47 lead.
Lonzo Ball, the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Player of the Year from Chino Hills (Falif.), found Malik Monk (Bentonville, Ark.) cutting backdoor and Monk finished with an emphatic slam to push the lead to 12, with 13:12 left in the second half.
East guard Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic; Hyattsville, Md.) drained back-to-back threes to cut in to the West’s lead, but Frank Jackson answered with back-to-back threes of his own.
The West led by as many as 21 in the second half.
“I was all about having fun for me,” Frank Jackson said. “I got hot in the second half and the guys kept finding me. It was surreal just being here with all of these great players. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”
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