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2014 McDonald's All-American Game West MVP Jahlil Okafor
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2014 McDonald's All-American Game West MVP Jahlil Okafor
Future Blue Devils Shine at McDonald’s Game
Thursday 04/03/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – Future Duke Blue Devils Grayson Allen, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow lived up to their billing as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country with some impressive performances this week at the McDonald’s All-American Game and Powerade Jam Fest in Chicago.  Okafor claimed MVP honors after leading the West to a 105-102 win in the 37th edition of the McDonald’s All-American game Wednesday night, while Allen was crowned the Powerade Jam Fest slam dunk champion Monday.

Okafor is the fourth Blue Devil commit to secure MVP honors at the event, joining Bobby Hurley (1989), J.J. Redick (2003) and Josh McRoberts (2005).

Okafor and Jones were at their best in the closing moments of a close game. Jones buried a three-pointer with 1:46 left to get the East within 99-98 and added a tough finish over Okafor to give the East a short-lived lead with 47.7 remaining, but his future Duke teammate gave the West the lead back for good with a dunk less than 10 seconds later. Okafor closed the game with 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Allen added four points, one rebound, one assist, one block and two steals in 17 minutes of play for the West.

Jones guided the East attack with a game-high 10 assists, while committing just one turnover. He was 3-of-5 from the field, while making his only three-point field goal attempt. The Minnesota native displayed excellent court vision throughout the game creating easy offense for an East squad that shot 48.3 percent from the field.

Winslow displayed his versatile skill set en route to nine points, three rebounds, one block and one steal. He was 4-of-6 from the field and showed toughness and defensive instincts. Winslow was matched up one-on-one with West guard Emmanuel Mudiay on a couple of key possessions in the closing minutes and forced difficult jump shots. The final stop for the East squad led to a potential game-tying three-pointer from James Blackmon, Jr. with 2.6 seconds remaining.

Earlier in the week, Allen wowed fans, teammates and a national television audience with his performance in the Powerade Jam Fest dunk contest. Labeled by several national recruiting experts as a shooter, Allen stole the show by first jumping over Jones and Winslow and then claiming the title by leaping over the seven-foot Okafor.  Allen is the third Blue Devil recruit to claim the dunk contest crown, joining Ricky Price (1994) and Gerald Henderson (2006).

Okafor was also tabbed as the Morgan Wootten National High School Player of the Year prior to the Powerade Jam Fest Monday. He is the seventh Duke recruit to receive the award and the third in the last four years. Duke freshman All-America Jabari Parker claimed the honor in 2013, while Austin Rivers was the recipient in 2011. Other Duke honorees were Shane Battier (1997), Jason Williams (1999), Chris Duhon (2000) and Josh McRoberts (2005).

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