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5 Storylines to Watch: Wiggins vs. Parker at the McDonald's All American Game



Huntington (W.Va.) Prep wing Andrew Wiggins and Simeon (Chicago) forward Jabari Parker will go head to head in the McDonald's All American Game on Wednesday. / Randy Snyder, USA TODAY Sports, Joe Lewnard, AP

Here are the top five storylines for this week.

1. Wiggins vs. Parker.

OK, stay with us here: Huntington (W.Va.) Prep wing Andrew Wiggins dethroned Simeon (Chicago) forward Jabari Parker as the No. 1 player when Wiggins reclassified up from 2014 to 2013. Last summer, Wiggins was very open about his desire to go head-to-head against Parker, but a fractured foot kept Parker sidelined for the entire AAU season. Parker has recently admitted that Wiggins taking over the top spot bothered him.

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Now, Wiggins and Parker are playing on opposing teams in the McDonald’s All American game Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) at the United Center in Chicago.

It’s the matchup everyone has been waiting for.

Two freakishly skilled athletes battling it out.

But who wins?

We’re just going to close our eyes and pick.

2. McDonald’s practices will be more competitive.

Come Wednesday, the McDonald’s All Americans will be all about having fun, but expect to see the players' ultra-competitive nature come out during Monday's and Tuesday's practice sessions.

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Could be because NBA scouts line the practice courts, could be because old vendettas need to be settled. Whatever the reason, floor burns and lockdown defense will be in abundance.

3. Prime Prep is on a mission.

The Prime Prep (Dallas) boys’ basketball team hasn’t been shy about saying that they’re the best team in the country, despite their No. 5 ranking in the USA Today HSS Super 25. The Winning, the school’s mascot, are 36-0 this season and see the ESPN National High School Invitational, which begins Thursday, as a way to claim the ranking they believe is rightfully theirs.

Make no mistake: Prime Prep can win it all.

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It’s hard to view them as a sleeper pick, but the Winning are our dark horse pick to bring home the coveted hardware.

4. Montverde rooting for Findlay.

When the Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) boys’ basketball team squares off with Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) in the NHSI quarterfinals Thursday, their loudest cheers will come from their biggest rivals.

“We’re really rooting them,” Montverde point guard Kasey Hill said. “We want them to get to the title game so we can play them again.”

Last year Findlay knocked off Montverde in overtime of the NHSI title game. The Pilots knocked the Eagles off again in January with a buzzer beater.

“They’ve been at the top for the last few years,” Hill said. “So we want another shot. But we’ve got to take care of business too. This will be the hardest tournament we’ve played in.”

5. Don’t sleep on St. Benedict’s.

With Findlay, Montverde and Prime Prep getting most of the attention and headlines headed into the NHSI, St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) may have the chance to catch everyone sleeping.

The Gray Bees have one of the most dynamic backcourts in the country with Isaiah Briscoe and Tyler Ennis. When they get going, St. Benedict’s is almost impossible to stop.

Should the Gray Bees knockoff La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) on Thursday, they’ll face the Findlay-Montrose winner.

Can you say trap game?

Follow Jason Jordan on Twitter @JayJayUSATODAY.

 

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