After being snubbed from participating in both the Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American Game, four-star Oregon State commit Ethan Thompson clearly made the most of his chance to measure himself against the top talents in high school basketball in the 2017 Ballislife All-American Game on Saturday afternoon at Long Beach City College. In the all-star showcase game, Thompson poured in a game-high 32 points on 14-18 shooting from the field, while helping Team Elite to a 153-134 victory over Team Future.
Thompson, who had his fair share of his own highlight reels moments on the night, was somewhat overshadowed by the flamboyant showcases from two of his Team Elite teammates in Minnesota signee Isaiah Washington and Alabama commit Collin Sexton. Washington, who finished with 25 points, dazzled the crowd with some exhuberant dribbling displays and a handful of his famous “jelly” lay-ups, while Sexton controlled most of the fourth quarter in a back-and-forth isolation game with future UCLA guard Jaylen Hands. However, in the end, it would be Sexton who took home MVP honors for Team Elite (and not Thompson), after finishing the night with 27 points on 10-24 shooting from the field.
For Team Future, UNLV-bound forward Brandon McCoy scooped up MVP honors, leading all scorers on his team with 30 points. Future Arizona guard Brandon Randolph, a New York native like Washington, finished with 22 points on 10-14 shooting from the field, while the incoming UCLA backcourt-duo of the aforementioned Hands and LiAngelo Ball, added in a combined 29 points and 6 rebounds. Full stats from the game can be seen below.