The Jordan Brand Classic is an exciting exhibition contest that annually features the best high school prospects in the nation. Things are no different in 2013, as 22 of the biggest prep stars gather in Brooklyn to showcase their talents on national television.
These are definitely names you will see again, as nearly all of these recruits are heading off to big-time college programs and could be starring as early as next season.
Let’s take a look at where you can watch the action, check out the complete rosters, highlight some prospects to keep an eye on and more.
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
*Player rankings courtesy of 247Sports.com’s composite list.
All-American East Team Roster
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse Orange (No. 29 Overall)
Kasey Hill, Florida Gators (No. 8 Overall)
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 5 Overall)
Wayne Selden, Kansas Jayhawks (No. 17 Overall)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona Wildcats (No. 14 Overall)
Kuran Iverson, Memphis Tigers (No. 31 Overall)
Andrew Wiggins, Undeclared (No. 1 Overall)
Bobby Portis, Arkansas Razorbacks (No. 16 Overall)
Julius Randle, Kentucky (No. 2 Overall)
Chris Walker, Florida Gators (No. 10 Overall)
Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina Tar Heels (No. 49 Overall)
All-American West Team Roster
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 4 Overall)
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington Huskies (No. 41 Overall)
Matt Jones, Duke Blue Devils (No. 32 Overall)
James Young, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 9 Overall)
Jabari Parker, Duke Blue Devils (No. 3 Overall)
Troy Williams, Indiana Hoosiers (No. 46 Overall)
Aaron Gordon, Arizona (No. 6 Overall)
Marcus Lee, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 15 Overall)
Noah Vonleh, Indiana Hoosiers (No. 7 Overall)
Joel Embiid, Kansas Jayhawks (No. 91 Overall)
Dakari Johnson, Kentucky Wildcats (No. 11 Overall)
Stars to Watch
Andrew Wiggins, East
Wiggins is the only player that hasn’t made his college decision yet that will be appearing in this game. He’s also arguably the best player, meaning fans of North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky and Florida State (the four programs this Canadian native is considering) will start wishing for a letter of intent each time he makes a highlight play.
There will certainly be plenty of those, as Wiggins is a gifted scorer, an incredible athlete and dynamic overall basketball talent.
The Huntington Prep (W.Va.) superstar stands at 6’8”, 195 pounds and can simply get buckets at will. He’s able to put the ball on the floor and knife his way to the cup or pull up from long range and sink a trey.
Perhaps the only knocks on Wiggins’ game is his inconsistent passing abilities out of the many double teams he sees, which is something that will improve with time.
Jabari Parker, West
Parker is heading to Duke next season, but first the Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) star is going to showcase his stuff in Brooklyn.
This swingman is one of the most versatile players in his class and is capable of doing everything well out on the court. At 6’8”, 220 pounds, he can play a number of positions and has the talents to impact a game in a variety of ways.
His basketball IQ is extremely high and he’s a willing passer, sometimes to a fault—considering his elite scoring prowess.
If Parker improves his handle and quickness during his time with the Blue Devils, he is going to become one of the best players in the nation in short order.
Aaron Gordon, West
Gordon earned MVP honors in the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game, leading the West to a 110-99 victory by scoring 24 points and grabbing eight rebounds against the best competition he’s ever faced.
This future Arizona Wildcat can be absolutely dominant for stretches, especially against undersized or slower opponents in the paint.
Who will win MVP of this event?
While he stands only 6’8”, 210 pounds, the Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) product is a freakish athlete with a relentless motor. He works hard for every rebound and is constantly looking to tip in—or strongly slam home—an errant shot.
When he’s not skying for boards or throwing down jams, Gordon is often found rushing down the court with the rock in his hands, showing off his point forward skills.
Perhaps he’s too willing to run the offense, as there are times when Gordon will pull down a rebound and not even look for the point guard. Once he’s able to figure out when to outlet, when to dump it off to the PG and when to take off by himself, the versatile forward is going to become a true superstar.