The Jordan Brand Classic is slowly but surely taking over as the premier national high school all-star basketball game. The prospects who will be in attendance for the 2013 game are proof that the event is a premier showcase.
If you’re wondering what all the fuss about Kentucky’s recruiting class is, you can see for yourself by watching this game.
All six of the 5-star recruits who are committed to play at least one year in Lexington will be in action (player rankings courtesy of 247Sports.com’s composite list). Here's a look at them collectively.
The nation’s top player, Andrew Wiggins, will also play. Kentucky is of course still in the running for him as well.
If he commits to play for the Wildcats, this could be a preview of a recruiting class I like to preliminarily refer to as the Magnificent Seven.
Without Wiggins, the Wildcats still have to be considered one of the early favorites to win the national championship.
With him, they could be like rock stars.
All of the top 10 players in the nation will play on Saturday, including the fourth-ranked and Duke-bound Jabari Parker.
If Wiggins chooses Kentucky, Parker could wind up being the only top-five player that isn’t a Wildcat.
There are a ton of storylines to follow here, not to mention some truly amazing athletes. The future of college basketball will be on display. Here’s how you can watch.
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Here are the rosters for the East and West teams.
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)
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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)
Players to Watch
You won’t see many players as athletic and as developed offensively at 18 years old. The son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins, this 6’8” small forward is explosive and has a scorer’s mentality.
Though he has the ability to out-run and out-jump most players his age, he displays solid ball-handling, vision and a solid stroke on his jump shot.
Were he eligible for the 2013 NBA draft, he would be the top pick. He is a truly exceptional young prospect.
The Harrison Twins
These twins are among the six blue-chip recruits headed to Kentucky. Andrew and Aaron Harrison will make the Wildcat backcourt big, athletic and tenacious.
Their games blend seamlessly as Andrew is the point guard content to distribute and Aaron is the 2-guard who looks to attack and score.
At 6’4”, 200 pounds, the twin brothers will be able to match up against any backcourt in the nation.
Parker is at times compared to Carmelo Anthony. One look at his developed offensive skill set validates that talk.
At 6’8”, 220 pounds, he is solidly built and adept at shooting from the perimeter and playing in the post. He doesn’t play above the rim, but his strength and touch will allow him to be a scoring threat on any level.
He may not shine as much in an all-star game where fans may be looking for high-flying slams, but Parker has the goods.
Ennis isn’t one of the top 10 players in the country, but he is the only player in attendance who is committed to playing college basketball in New York.
The Syracuse Orange commit is an exciting point guard who will likely want to impress the Brooklyn crowd.
The 6’2” guard from St. Benedict’s Prepatory School in Newark, N.J. is exciting to watch. An inspired effort could open some eyes about his potential moving forward.
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