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McDonald's All-America Game 2014: Game time, TV schedule, preview and more

As 24 of the nation's top high school basketball players will square off in Chicago on Wednesday, let's take a look at some of the game's brightest stars and biggest headlines.

Kansas commit Cliff Alexander will be one of many players to watch in Wednesday's McDonalds All-American Game.
Kansas commit Cliff Alexander will be one of many players to watch in Wednesday's McDonalds All-American Game.
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Can I get a Big Mac? No, but you can get a Big Jah. As Duke commit Jahlil Okafor headlines a talented 2014 class at the McDonalds All-American Game, let's take a look at some of the top matchups, storylines and statistics from Wednesday's game.

Tonight's action tips off at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The women's game directly precedes it at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Top Matchups

Cliff Alexander (East) vs. Jahlil Okafor (West)

Teammates during the AAU season for Mac Irvin Fire, the duo of Chicago big men will go at it on Wednesday in arguably the night's most-anticipated matchup. According to ESPN, Okafor is the No. 1 prospect in the country, while Alexander checks in at No. 3.

Okafor, at 6'10 and 265 pounds, has the best footwork out of any big man in the country, which is one of the main reasons for his top ranking in the '14 class. A polished low-post scorer, Okafor will be a difficult matchup for any defender at the next level.

On the other hand, Alexander is an explosive low-post threat with great athleticism and thunderous power. Drawing comparisons to a young Amar'e Stoudemire, Alexander will rise up on any defender, while finishing at a high rate.

Tyus Jones (East) vs. Emmanuel Mudiay (West)

For the last two years, Jones and Mudiay have set themselves apart from the rest of the nation's top point guards. Squaring off on Wednesday, the matchup between Jones and Mudiay will give a clearer picture of who the nation's No. 1 guard truly is.

At 6'1, Jones is the ultimate lead guard, using great basketball IQ and natural instincts to thread the needle and set teammates up for scores. A master at handling pressure and regulating offense, Jones will flourish under the tutelage of coach Mike Krzyzewski next season at Duke.

On the contrary, Mudiay is an NBA-ready guard at 6'5. Using natural-scoring ability to set up opportunities for himself and his teammates, Mudiay is arguably the nation's most versatile guard. Committed to SMU, Mudiay will receive great guidance from former NBA coach Larry Brown.

Kevon Looney (East) vs. Trey Lyles (West)

Two of the nation's top power forwards, the matchup between the talented Midwest posts will be one of the night's best. While Looney, a UCLA commit, is an athletic specimen at 6'8 and 200 pounds, Lyles, a Kentucky commit, is arguably the nation's most polished power forward.

Incredibly unselfish, Lyles has great vision off the low post, and can score in a variety of ways. One of four Kentucky commits in Wednesday's game, look for Lyles to have a big performance just days before the Wildcats square off with Wisconsin in the Final Four.

One of the nation's top athletes, Looney uses his 7'1 wingspan to clear the glass, while being one of the country's toughest post players. In addition to his high-scoring antics, Looney can disrupt passing lanes while being an above-average shot blocker.

D'Angelo Russell (East) vs. Rashad Vaughn (West)

As we have already covered matchups between the country's top point guards, centers and power forwards, let's take a look at an interesting matchup between two of the better combo-guards in the class.

Committed to Ohio State, Russell is one of just two Big Ten commits in Wednesday's game, leading a talented East roster. A high-scoring guard that does the most damage with the ball in his hands, Russell can play both guard positions, while being serviceable at the small forward spot. Hard to stay in front of, Russell keeps defenders honest with his elite combination of slashing and shooting ability.

The lone UNLV commit in Wednesday's game, Vaughn is a strong 6'5 guard with great natural scoring instincts. With a beautiful shot form, Vaughn excels as both a spot-up shooter and off-the-dribble shooter, while making tough look fairly easy. Efficient in transition, Vaughn has every characteristic that you look for out of an elite shooting guard prospect.

Top Storylines

The race for Myles Turner heats up

The lone uncommitted player in the 2014 McDonalds All-American Game, Turner, the No. 2 player in the class according to ESPN, will get another chance to show why coaches have been drooling over the 6'10 center.

As Turner has cut his list down to Texas, Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma State and SMU, Wednesday's game will serve as a bit of a test drive for Turner, who will get the chance to play alongside the Jayhawk commit Alexander. Fresh off a March 26 visit to Texas, Turner could also become the lone Longhorn commit in the '14 McDonalds All-American Game.

Turner's versatility is what coaches have been most intrigued with, and the Texas native put that on display with a dominant performance in the Three-Point Shootout on Monday. Watch below

Kentucky the lone Final Four team represented

As the only Final Four team to have a signee in Wednesday's game, Kentucky commits Lyles, Karl Towns, Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis hold bragging rights over the rest of the competition. With a talented freshman class charging an unlikely run to the Final Four, Kentucky will reload next season with another crop of blue chippers.

The Beasts in the East

With a roster containing Alexander, Towns, Looney, and Turner, the East team definitely holds an advantage on the block. While the West roster features Okafor and Lyles, the height on the East team will be interesting to watch as Wednesday's game plays out. Outside of the four post threats, the East roster also features lengthy forwards Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson, and Justise Winslow.

By the Numbers

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