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10TH ANNIVERSAY JORDAN BRAND CLASSIC
With the legendary Michael Jordan in the press box, last year’s NBA #1 overall draft pick John Wall of the Washington Wizards in the audience, the top 2011 college recruits showcased their basketball skills.
Over the past ten years, the Jordan Brand Classic has been labeled the grand finale for high-school basketball.
“I think, the biggest thing is, ten years shows that we have been around for awhile, and we have a legacy.” said President Keith Houleward.
“I think that legacy shows up best in the fact that we have great players from Carmelo and Amare’ in the first year, to Lebron to Chris Paul, and last year with Kyrie Irving and Harriston Barnes.”
With such big name ballers in the past, this year’s participants included National Gatorade Player of the Year Brad Beal of Florida, The National High School Player of the Year Austin Rivers of Duke, and ESPNU’s No.1 rated high school player Anthony Davis of Kentucky.
With so many talent players’ on the court, there were plenty of high-flying dunks, no-look passes, and three-point shots.
But in the end, 6-foot-10 Anthony Davis rose above all competition by scoring 29 points and collecting 11 rebounds. Davis’ 29 points was the second highest scored in the ten year history of the Jordan Brand Classic.
Davis’ great performance, in fact, placed his name amongst former NBA superstars: Lebron James of the Miami Heat, who scored 34 points in the Jordan Brand Classic, along with Thaddeus Young of Philadelphia 76ers, who poured in 28 point and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, who dropped 27 in the game.
For those that cared, the East defeated the West 113 to 109.