The future of college basketball was on display Friday night at Barclays Center, as the West defeated the East 124-116 in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York.
Brian Bowen (East) and Lonnie Walker (West) finished as co-MVPs, and it wasn't hard to see why.
Bowen—who is still not committed—filled it up with 26 points (10-of-13 shooting) as he looked poised and confident creating from a variety of spots, according to DraftExpress' Mike Schmitz:
Mike Schmitz @Mike_Schmitz
Brian Bowen has been great all week. Shooting it in a variety of ways - spot ups, off screens, one dribble pull ups. Instinctual scorer.2017-4-15 01:09:41
The Arizona Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans are the most notable squads chasing Bowen, per Scout, but the Creighton Bluejays, NC State Wolfpack and Texas Longhorns remain in the mix for his sharpshooting services.
Rivals.com's Eric Bossi noted those programs are likely salivating based on the way Bowen performed Friday:
Eric Bossi @ebosshoops
Brian Bowen having himself by far the best day I’ve seen from him at any of the various all-star game circuit activities. Picked a good time2017-4-15 01:15:38
Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn, meanwhile, cited one of those schools as the most logical fit for Bowen's tantalizing skill set:
Luke Winn @lukewinn
Brian Bowen 7/8 on 3s in JBC. Can see why he'd be great fit at Creighton. Candidate to be most efficient frosh wing scorer other than Porter2017-4-15 01:58:54
Then there was Walker, who finished with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting, according to the Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter.
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman and ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello were among those bullish on Walker's evening and his upside once he arrives at the University of Miami:
Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass
Between Lonnie Walker and Bruce Brown, Miami is right near the top of my must-watch list for 2017-182017-4-15 01:28:58
Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello
Lonnie Walker is another player who is in middle of a great stretch. Hasn't missed often last few weeks. One-and-done potential at Miami.2017-4-15 01:32:01
ESPN's Phil Murphy later posted video of Walker receiving his new hardware from New York Knicks forward and Jordan brand ambassador Carmelo Anthony:
Phil Murphy @Phil_Sports
Miami signee Lonnie Walker Jr (@lonniewalker_4) gets his @JordanClassic MVP award from Carmelo Anthony https://t.co/emii5dpQgg2017-4-15 02:05:09
Then there was big man Mitchell Robinson, who made sure the buzz surrounding big men in the class of 2017 continued to build.
The Western Kentucky commit was active early and often, and he repeatedly skied above the rim for some big-time slams.
WKU Basketball @WKUBasketball
ESPN would like a dunk counter for Mitchell Robinson next season. We can arrange that. #GoTops2017-4-15 00:38:56
According to Wasserman, Robinson is in line for a monster freshman campaign because of a combination of factors working in his favor:
Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass
Mitchell Robinson going to create a ton of buzz next year between the obvious talent, expected production at Western Kentucky2017-4-15 00:15:21
Speaking of bigs who did work down low, Mohamed Bamba built on his performance in the McDonald's All-American Game with another standout performance that showcased his length and explosiveness.
SLAM High School Hoops on Twitter relayed video of Bamba's biggest slam, which came at the expense of teammate Collin Sexton:
SLAM HS Hoops @SLAMonline_HS
Mo Bamba ends up dunking on his own teammate, Collin Sexton, during a put-back dunk. https://t.co/wFYWmBKFTj2017-4-15 00:53:23
Bamba, who has yet to announce where he'll lace up his kicks next year, is still considering Texas, Duke, Michigan and Kentucky, according to Scout.com.
With exhibition season now over, the focus will turn to the likes of Bamba and Bowen—both of whom still need to decide where they are playing in college.