As a basketball lifer, the High School All American game is a personal favorite. Watching to see who will become the next rising class of superstars and remembering those who have graduated from this game make this event worth attending.
Held at Atlanta’s newly renovated State Farm Arena, it was actually my first time visiting this season. The seats are WAAAAAAY better than when the Hawks had that overly mediocre team from 2009-2011, the players club is cool (perfect for charging your phone between quarters, like I did), and the atmosphere is just fun. Bringing the All-American Game into this arena was definitely a good choice.
Led by Cole Anthony, the East team took off to an early lead. High flyers, Scottie Lewis, and Isiah Stewart had the crowd on its feet with some nice dunk highlights. The hometown kid, Antony Edwards also put in some good minutes for the East team. The West team led by James Wiseman and Matthew Hurt, started out playing conservatively but shortly turned things up.
Halftime was a show as well with a full performance from Atlanta natives, The Migos. The second half was not short on action either, the West team forged a strong comeback but in the end there was just too much spend and athleticism on the East team. Cole Anthony took home the MVP title for the night and Scottie Lewis received the McDonald’s Sportsmanship award.
All in all the night, game, and event as whole was a win for me personally as a high school hoops fan. I can’t wait to see these guys play on the next level.