Jordan Brand Classic 2013: Biggest Winners from Saturday Night's Event

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 14, 2013

April 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA;  McDonald's All American forward Jabari Parker (22) poses for portraits before the 36th McDonalds All American Games to be played at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jordan Brand Classic showed off some of the biggest recruits on Saturday, and more than a few people came away quite happy with the results.

The game featured 22 of the best recruits in the nation, and the game didn’t disappoint anyone.  There were exciting plays and big performances by a number of players.  Here are some of the biggest winners from the Classic.

Kentucky Wildcats

John Calipari and the Wildcats are the biggest winners from this Saturday night.  The game featured six players committed to Kentucky, and they all played quite well.

Julius Randle was named the co-MVP for the game, putting up 19 points and seven rebounds.  James Young had a solid game as well with 10 points and two three-pointers.  The other four recruits combined for 26 points. 

When your recruits combined for 55 of the game’s 200 points scored, it’s pretty clear that you have the best recruiting class in the nation.  The city of Lexington enjoyed every minute of this game filled with future Wildcats, and fans can’t wait to see these players in Rupp Arena.


Jabari Parker

It must get a little tiring constantly being named as the second-best player in the country behind Andrew Wiggins.  Parker made sure to come out and give it his all at the high school all-star game, and people watching the game were very impressed.

Parker was the other co-MVP for the game with 16 points and seven rebounds.  The Duke commit was able to show off his full set of skills.  He is an impressive slasher but also possesses a solid jumper and is a strong defender.

Although people will still say that Wiggins is the best player in this recruiting class, Parker can be happy coming away with an award from the Jordan Brand Classic.


Every Single Player

Even winning the MVP of the game is nice, being selected to the Jordan Brand Classic is a big enough honor, and every player on the roster should be thrilled to have been selected.

All of these young men will have very bright futures in college.  Whether it’s Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh going to Indiana or Kasey Hill and Chris Walker heading to Florida, these 22 players will make big impacts on their teams, even as freshmen.

The Jordan Brand Classic is getting many fans excited for the future.  Watch out for the kids that were playing in this game, because you will be seeing them on SportsCenter more than a few times next season.