CHICAGO -- Future Duke Blue Devil Rasheed Sulaimon knocked down four three-point field goals and finished with 18 points to help the West to a 106-102 win over the East at the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game. The Houston, Texas native went 4-of-8 from three-point distance and made several key plays over the final four minutes of play to seal the victory for the West.
The West jumped out to an early lead and led by as many as 24 points before a late charge by the East squad. After an Amille Jefferson dunk cut the West lead to 93-88 with 3:42 remaining, Sulaimon buried a deep three to push the margin back to seven points. The East trimmed the deficit to four points with 1:19 left to play before Sulaimon countered with a nice backdoor cut for a three-point play with reverse layup in traffic. The 2012 McDonald's All-America Powerade Jam Fest three-point champion also had a big steal and one-handed bounce pass from just inside halfcourt for a dunk late in the game to help keep the East team at bay.
Shabazz Muhammad netted a game-high 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting for the West to earn MVP honors, while Alex Poythress paced the East with 19 points. Rodney Purvis added 15 points in a losing effort.
Sulaimon, from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, was recently named the inaugural Guy V. Lewis Award winner as the greater-Houston area boys high school player of the year after leading the Crusaders to a 26-4 record this past season. The 6-3 guard averaged 27.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game en route to being one of 24 players in the nation selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game.
He will play for the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland on April 7 (Fox Sports Net, 10 pm). Sulaimon will also play in the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14. ESPN will televise the contest with the tip time set for 7 pm.