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Khem Birch Stars in All American Game


With a host of star power in the annual McDonald's High School All American game, including two other star Canadians in Myck Kabongo and Kyle Witjer, Khem Birch clearly had the best game of the three. Both Kabongo (7 rebounds, 5 assist) and Wiltjer (he had 11 points) did not look out of place among the elite by any means but Birch had 15 points, 10 rebounds (9 on the O end) and 6 blocks in the game and showed a lot of energy and quickness. I think the most impressive thing about Birch was his second jump off the floor that is something he'll use to his advantage in the Big East Conference next season at Pitt. His great performance comes after there were reports that he was not impressive in the training days leading up to the game. I bet those people are eating their words now. Oh yeah, the East beat the West 111-96.

Kabongo, Birch and Wiljter are Jordan Branded


Yes, yes people. As I suspected, the three Canadians named Myck Kabongo, Khem Birch and Kyle Wiltjer who were selected to the McDonald's All American Game were also selected to the Jordan Brand Classic. Their selections mean that they represent the largest contingent of Canucks in the spotlight game not including the International game that had three players participate last year. This means that these three players will likely not be going in for the All Canada Classic due to the two all star game rule the NCAA has for high school players but it does signify that they are definite elite level players. Congratulations to all three. This is a definite honor that not many, let alone Canadians, get.

Record Three Canadians Named All Americans


So the word is now official, Myck Kabongo, Khem Birch and Kyle Wiltjer will be participating in the coveted McDonald's All American Game happening next month. This tops last season's duo of Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson who were nominated to the game. These three players suiting up for the game should be a wake up call to not only the Americans but more importantly to Canadian basketball fans. The game in this country is developing some talent (no matter where they play their ball) and this should remind all of us that despite any current shortcomings in our talent pool, the future remains very bright. We also want to give a big shout to all the Canadians that were nominated also but were not selected. They deserve some recognition, and respect, for even making the short list. Now it's just a matter of who will now suiting up for the Jordan Brand Classic a few weeks later ...

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