Biliew finishes with seven points in McDonald’s All-American Game

Mar 28, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; McDonald’s All American West forward Omaha Biliew (0) drives to the basket as McDonald’s All American East guard Matas Buzelis (13) defends during the first half at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State signee Omaha Biliew scored seven points and dished two assists in Tuesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Game, but saw his West squad lose 109-106 in thrilling fashion.

The five-star forward from Waukee got in on the action immediately upon checking into the game as he passed out of a double team to find Bronny James, the son of NBA star LeBron James, for a wide open 3-pointer.

Biliew, Iowa State’s first McDonald’s All-American since Marcus Fizer, is one of the most highly regarded players in the 2023 recruiting class, rated as the No. 14 player in the class and No. 5 power forward by 247Sports. He put that talent on display in Houston, tallying some tough finishes around the rim and connecting on one 3-pointer.

In the end, the all-star game setting might not have been the best outlet for Biliew’s talents, especially defensively, to really shine through, but he made an impact on the game in the minutes he gave his team.

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