The 12th annual Jordan Brand Classic featured three outstanding games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, as the International, Regional and National contests all featured future D-1 players performing at a high level.
The West prevailed over the East, 102-98, as future Washington Huskies point guard Nigel Williams-Goss continued his terrific senior season with 17 points and 4 assists. The effort by Williams-Goss, as well as 16 points and 7 rebounds from Co-MVP Jabari Parker (Duke Blue Devils) spurred the West to the win. Fellow Co-MVP, Kentucky Wildcats bound Julius Randle is making the most of the post-season, after missing most of his senior season at Prestonwood Christian (TX) with an injury. Randle picked up 19 points and 7 rebounds for the East, and teammate Andrew Wiggins, the top player in the 2013 class, impressed with 19 points and 4 rebounds.
Other standout performances included future Florida Gators point guard Kasey Hill, who had 12 points and 7 assists for the West, and Kansas Jayhawks signee Joel Embiid (recently added to the Hoop Summit game), who had 5 blocks to go with 7 rebounds. Tyler Ennis, a Syracuse Orange signee, had a balanced overall game for the East, with 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals.
The greater New York City metro area produced enough talent this year for a strong collection of players in the Regional contest. The White squad put up the most points on the day, as they scored 114 points in the victory over the Black team, which scored 102 points.
For the victors, Rhode Island-bound forward Hassan Martin scored 19 points and collected 6 rebounds, while his teammate (Connecticut signee) Kentan Facey registered a 10/10 points and rebounds double-double.
In the losing effort, forward DeAndre Bembry, who is headed to Saint Joseph’s, scored 26 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. His teammate Tyler Roberson also had a standout performance with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
An intriguing collection of young talent was present in the International game, but the story of the game may have been the coming out party for Canadian point guard Jamal Murray, a 2016 guard talent that was named Co-MVP after racking up 24 points and 7 rebounds in a loss. Murray was the game’s high scorer and may be on his way to be the next big thing from Canada. Another standout in the game came from Chieck Diallo, who amassed 12 points and 8 rebounds. Diallo is a native of Mali, who plays at Our Savior New American (NY).
Two international talents that play high school hoops in the United States stood out for the victorious team, and Ben Simmons and Thon Maker are top-1o prospects nationally in the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes, nationally. The two natives of Australia impressed as Simmons had 9 points and 11 rebounds, and Maker had 12 points and 4 rebounds.
An impressive group of 16-U players showed a bright future in the international game.--------------------------------------------
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