Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., hosts the Jordan Brand Classic games on Friday night.
Three games will transpire as the International Game showcases the world's most promising basketball talent, the Regional Game features New York's up-and-coming stars and the National Game will pit the nation's best high school players against each other.
This series of games will be the stepping stone for all of these talented young players as they journey to the next level of competition and look to become household names.
Let's take a look at the scores, highlights and analysis as each game reaches its conclusion.
East 158, West 147
No defense? No problem. The National Game was a thrilling, high-octane spectacle from the nation's brightest stars.
The finale of the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic featured exciting performances from players who will be huge parts of the college ranks next season.
The battle of the nation's top talent started early, as Emmanuel Mudiay and Jahlil Okafor began to trade baskets within the first minutes of the game. This served as a premonition of what was to come.
Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports tweeted his impression of Muiday as the game got going:
Emmanuel Mudiay gets to the rim so easily. Very few guards can keep him out of the lane when he wants to get there.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 18, 2014
Kentucky commits heated up early, as Trey Lyles and Karl Towns showed their versatile skill sets:
Trey Lyles and Karl Towns have both knocked down jumpers from the outside. Tough matchups. Wonder which one starts next year.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 18, 2014
They weren't the only Kentucky recruits lighting up the scoreboard though:
Tyler Ulis. Steal and easy transition layup. Kentucky fans will fall in love w/ Ulis' impact. Size doesn't matter.— Camron Smith (@camronsmith) April 18, 2014
The big men found early success, as there wasn't much defense down low to speak of in the first half:
Looks like Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander are going to battle for top scorer honors tonight.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 18, 2014
We had a very close game entering the break, as the East led the West 72-71.
Care for some first half highlights? These were some of the best:
Heading into the second half, ESPNU tweeted the star-studded stat sheet:
Jeff Borzello tweeted his thoughts on James Blackmon early in the second half:
James Blackmon might be the best shooter in this game, but he's getting to the rim and creating for others too. Will complement Yogi well.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 19, 2014
Halfway through the second half, the East began to pull away, leading the West by a score of 126-111.
Mudiay continued to keep the West in the game with his physical prowess:
Not too many college guards are going to be able to stick with the 6-4, 195-pound Mudiay next year. Has 18, 6 and 2.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 19, 2014
Although, Blackmon was simply on fire and difficult to keep pace with:
After getting just 3 points in the @nikehoopsummit , Indiana pledge James Blackmon Jr has 21, 3 and 3 here.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 19, 2014
The scoring bonanza continued, and the game finally concluded after an offensive onslaught to the tune of 158-147 in the East's favor.
This score led Jeff Borzello to predict which of these athletes will contribute at a high level next year in college:
Prediction at four most productive college guys next year from this game: Jahlil Okafor, Cliff Alexander, Stanley Johnson, Emmanuel Mudiay.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 19, 2014
When it was all said and done, Okafor took home MVP honors after a stellar performance:
Okafor, who has 29 points and 9 rebounds, is the MVP of the Jordan game. Final score (yes, you read that right) East 158, West 147.— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) April 19, 2014
Here's a look at the game's top performers:
Final: East 158, West 147. Okafor 29, OUbre 24, Blackmon Jr 23, Travis 10 for East. Alexander 23, Aaron 14, Winslow 13, Booker 11 West.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 19, 2014
Each of these athletes showed what they are capable of producing against similar talent on Friday evening. Expect to see more of the same when they ship off to college next season.
Team White 102, Team Black 99
Yet another contest is in the books, as a high-octane Regional Game was full of excitement.
Team White got out to a hot start on the shooting of Samson Usilo. He connected on his first three shots of the game and put up a quick eight points:
Manhattan signee Samson Usilo has show his quicks. Has eight points on 3-of-3 shooting to lead White Team at JBC regional game.— Jim Halley (@jimhalley) April 18, 2014
Usilo continued his surge, racking up 12 points heading into halftime. Team White led 47-42 entering the break:
Samson Usilo has 12 points to lead the White to a 47-42 halftime lead at the Jordan Brand regional game. He's made 5-of-6 from the field.— Jim Halley (@jimhalley) April 18, 2014
With his hot hand still active in the second half, Usilo was near flawless on his way to 15 points:
Samson Usilo has missed only one shot en route to 15 points. His White Teams leads 73-64 in JBC Regional Game.— Jim Halley (@jimhalley) April 18, 2014
The big lead was short lived, as JaQuan Newton took over for Team Black:
JaQuan Newton pushing the ball and Black is coming back in the Regional game. Trails 77-76.— Jim Halley (@jimhalley) April 18, 2014
Newton continued his surge, hitting shots from all over the court to finally give his team the late lead:
JaQuan Newton has been on a tear. He hits a trey to put the Black up 89-87 in Jordan Brand Regional Game. He has 19 points.— Jim Halley (@jimhalley) April 18, 2014
In the waning seconds of the game, the score was tied at 95.
Team White's Desi Rodriguez blocked Newton's jumper for the win, and the game entered overtime:
Desi Rodriguez comes up with the big block at the buzzer of a Newton jumper. The Jordan Brand Regional Game is going OT.— Jim Halley (@jimhalley) April 18, 2014
Late in the overtime period, Newton tried to force a tie with a three-pointer at the buzzer, but it missed its mark. The White team went on to earn the 102-99 victory:
Newton misses a trey at the buzzer and the White win the JBC Regional Game 102-99 as Khadeen Carrington has 18 points.— Jim Halley (@jimhalley) April 18, 2014
Throughout the contest, Khadeen Carrington was fantastic. He racked up 18 points, seven assists and five boards, earning him the game's MVP honors:
#jordanbrand classic Regional game MVP'S Khadeen Carrington 18/7/5 Ja'Quan Newton 23. Angel Delgado 17 boards— Carl Berman (@carlberman) April 18, 2014
Newton finished with 23 points and earned co-MVP honors:
John Rothstein of CBS Sports was in attendance and tweeted about the two players he thinks are ready to contribute at the next level immediately:
Two guys that look like they're capable of stepping into a college game and contributing right now? VCU's Terry Larrier + Iowa's Dom Uhl.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 18, 2014
Angel Delgado flourished down low during the game, racking up 15 total rebounds:
Seton Hall bound @angelluis45 living up to his rep as one of top rebounders in country he has 15 in Jordan Brand Classic Regional game— NJ Hoops (@NJHoops) April 18, 2014
Rodney Miller looked good underneath as well, finishing with five points and nine boards:
Former St. Benedict's big Rodney Miller nets 5 points and 9 rebounds in Jordan Brand International game @ Barclays Center— NJ Hoops (@NJHoops) April 18, 2014
Plenty of bright stars contributed in big ways on Friday evening, and will continue to do so as they move on to the college ranks.
Team White 74, Team Black 71
If the first game on Friday's slate provides any indication as to what we're in for through the remainder of the day's action, we are in for a treat.
Team Black got off to a hot start, leading by six points heading into the break; however, it was Anthony Mcnish leading the way after scoring 10 points of his own in the first half:
Not to be outdone, Team White's Jahvon Blair took over in the second half:
The game came down to the wire as Team White led by just a single point in the waning seconds.
However, after some clutch free throws from Blair, the team's lead increased to three points, and the final nail was driven in the coffin of the Black team.
Team White outlasted Team Black for a final score of 74-71.
Blair was named the game's MVP after scoring 16 points and adding five rebounds, four assists and four steals:
Congratulations to Canada's Jahvon Blair, named 2014 Jordan Brand Classic Intl Game MVP with 16P, 5R, 4A, 4S pic.twitter.com/dvQWzOhY0e— Mark Bayne (@bayner) April 18, 2014
Blair shared his thoughts on his performance during an interview with Carlan Gray of North Pole Hoops after the game:
Ibrahima Fall Faye was named MVP of the Black Team after his dominating performance in the paint, racking up 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks:
Jordan Brand Classic International MVP's: @JuggyBlair147: 16 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists, 4 steals. Ibrahima Fall Faye: 10 pts, 8 rebs, 4 blocks— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) April 18, 2014
Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports tweeted his reaction to Fall Faye's performance:
Ibrahima Fall Faye has shown some potential. 6-foot-9, can handle, runs the floor. Oak Hill's Rodney Miller aggressive defensively.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 18, 2014
This is certainly not the last we've seen of these promising athletes from across the globe.