What UNC basketball’s Ian Jackson, Duke’s Cooper Flagg did in McDonald’s All-American game


While NC State basketball prepares for the Final Four in Phoenix, Duke and UNC are looking ahead to the 2024-25 season.

The Blue Devils and Tar Heels got a glimpse of the future Tuesday night with the 2024 McDonald’s All-American Game, which featured two Duke recruits and two UNC recruits playing for the East roster at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Head coach Jon Scheyer’s 2024 recruiting class, the top-ranked class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, is headlined by McDonald’s All-American selections Cooper Flagg and Isaiah Evans.

Hubert Davis’ 2024 recruiting class, which ranks eighth nationally, is led by McDonald’s All-American selections Ian Jackson and Drake Powell.

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Flagg and Jackson were among the stars for the East in an 88-86 comeback win against the West in the 47th edition of the event.

Maryland recruit Derik Queen was named MVP.

Here’s a look at how each of the Duke and UNC recruits fared in Tuesday’s showcase, which featured some of the best high school basketball players in the nation.

Ian Jackson, UNC basketball

A 6-foot-5 guard from New York, Jackson averaged 23.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season in Overtime Elite League. Jackson’s pace was noticeable Tuesday as he made plays on both ends of the court and showed off his explosiveness in the open court. He finished with 21 points, including 17 in the second half, doing most of his damage with buckets at the rim.

Cooper Flagg, Duke basketball

The 6-foot-9 wing from Maine was named the Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 16.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.7 blocks per game while playing for Montverde Academy this season. Flagg showed off his versatility in the McDonald’s game, knocking down jumpers, finishing at the rim, finding teammates in transition and swatting shots…

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Author : The Fayetteville Observer

Publish date : 2024-04-03 03:05:34

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