Jordan Brand Classic: A Full Preview of Prep Star Event

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Jordan Brand Classic: A Full Preview of Prep Star Event
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One of the most exhilarating events in all of athletics has been scheduled, as the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic will take place on April 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The rosters were announced and the East and West sides were set (via ESPN).

Prepare for a game for the ages.

Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle will lead the East team. Jabari Parker, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Gordon will lead the West.

 

International Game

Date: April 13, 2013

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

 

City vs. Suburb Regional Game

Date: April 13, 2013

Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

 

All-American Game

Date: April 13, 2013

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

 

After being publicly criticized, Andrew Wiggins responded with this gem.

All-American East Team Roster

Point Guards

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse Orange (No. 7 PG, No. 44 Overall)

Kasey Hill, Florida Gators (No. 2 PG, No. 9 Overall)

 

Shooting Guards

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 1 SG, No. 5 Overall)

Wayne Selden, Kansas Jayhawks (No. 3 SF, No. 16 Overall) [True Shooting Guard]

 

Small Forwards

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona Wildcats (No. 4 SF, No. 17 Overall)

Kuran Iverson, Memphis Tigers (No. 7 SF, No. 29 Overall)

Andrew Wiggins, Undeclared (No. 1 SF, No. 1 Overall)

 

Power Forwards

Bobby Portis, Arkansas Razorbacks (No. 5 PF, No. 11 Overall)

Julius Randle, Undeclared (No. 1 PF, No. 4 Overall)

Chris Walker, Florida Gators (No. 4 PF, No. 10 Overall)

 

Centers

Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina Tar Heels (No. 2 C, No. 20 Overall)

Jabari Parker has been likened to LeBron James.

All-American West Team Roster

Point Guards

Andrew Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 1 PG, No. 3 Overall)

Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington Huskies (No. 9 PG, No. 50 Overall)

 

Shooting Guards

Matt Jones, Duke Blue Devils (No. 8 SG, No. 36 Overall)

James Young, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 2 SG, No. 6 Overall)

 

Small Forwards

Jabari Parker, Duke Blue Devils (No. 2 SF, No. 2 Overall)

Troy Williams, Indiana Hoosiers (No. 9 SF, No. 33 Overall)

 

Power Forwards

Aaron Gordon, Undeclared (No. No. 2 PF, No. 7 Overall)

Marcus Lee, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 11 PF, No. 30 Overall)

Noah Vonleh, Indiana Hoosiers (No. 3 PF, No. 8 Overall)

 

Centers

Joel Embiid, Kansas Jayhawks (No. 11 C, N/A Overall)

Dakari Johnson, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 1 C, No. 12 Overall)

 

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Both of these men starred in the JBC.

Notable Alumni

Guards

Eric Gordon, New Orleans Hornets

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

 

Forwards

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

LeBron James, Miami Heat

Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

 

Centers

Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia 76ers

Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers

 

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Past Game MVP Award Winners

2002: Sean May and Amar'e Stoudemire

2003: Shannon Brown and LeBron James

2004: Dwight Howard

2005: Andray Blatche and Tyler Hansbrough

2006: Kevin Durant and Thaddeus Young

2007: Corey Fisher and Donte Greene

2008: Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings

2009: Derrick Favors and Renardo Sidney

2010: Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving

2011: Anthony Davis and James Michael McAdoo

2012: Shabazz Muhammad and Rodney Purvis 

 

MVP Prediction

When the East and West sides were constructed, the directors of the Jordan Brand Classic were clearly looking to pit the best of the best against one another. That's exactly what we'll see when these two sides clash.

At the forefront will be Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins—the top two prospects in the nation.

Kasey Hill and Andrew Harrison will have a legendary battle at the point guard spot. Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon should do the same at forward.

What the world is waiting for, however, is Parker and Wiggins.

These two men are commonly referred to as the future LeBron-Durant rivalry. We're going to get our first glimpse at that at the JBC.

Both men will dominate and eventually share the JBC MVP award.


Game Prediction

Both of these rosters are flat-out stacked. Each possess top prospects at their respective positions and both have their advantages.

While the West may win inside, it's the East that will take home this crown.

Andrew Wiggins will dominate as his talent suggests, while Kasey Hill will be looking to prove a point as the forgotten point-guard prospect. Paired with Julius Randle's high-flying heroics, the Eastern All-Americans will hold on.

Just don't expect the West to go down without a fight.

East 126, West 120

 

All rankings come via ESPN's Top 100.

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