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Tuesday / April 23.

    CHICAGO — For Brandon McCoy, the focus for the McDonald’s All-American game is simple: First things first.

    The San Diego (CA) Cathedral Catholic center said he will make his decision in the “next couple of weeks,” choosing between Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State, UNLV and Michigan State. But for now, he wants to maximize the McDonald’s All-American Game experience — showing how well he can play in front of scouts against the nation’s top competition.

    “I’m focused on the game and being as good as I can be,” McCoy said. “I just try to play the right way, and hopefully, scouts see that. When you play the right way, you get easy layups here, easy jump shots there, then easy blocks and rebounds.”


    CHICAGO — Monday’s McDonald’s All-American game practice had a bit of everything: intriguing post matchups, impressive performances, highlight plays, but most of all, a great amount of intensity from start to finish. ZAGSBLOG was on hand to take notes from the morning session.

    Kevin Knox, the undecided Tampa (FL) Catholic small forward, showcased the most impressive all-around offensive game today. He knocked down high-arcing three-pointers, and showed an ability to finish around the rim. “I thought I played really hard, made some shots, and got passes to my friends,” Knox said after the practice. “It’s all fun and games off the court, but on the court, it’s straight business.” Knox added that the Kentucky commits on his team — Quade Green, P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Nick Richards — are making a “24/7” pitch for him to join them in Lexington. Knox said he plans for a mid-April decision (after the Jordan Brand Classic), and players declaring for the NBA Draft will factor into this decision. Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State are in the mix, and Knox added that Michael Porter Jr. is now pitching Missouri to him.

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