Jordan Brand Classic Game 2013: Score, Results, Grades and Analysis

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2013

Julius Randle (via 247 Sports)
Julius Randle (via 247 Sports)

The top high school basketball players were on display at the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic and they did not disappoint.

After a back-and-forth battle between two star-studded teams, the West team ended up with a 102-98 win over the East team.

Julius Randle was arguably the most impressive player on the floor, earning Co-Player of the Game along with Jabari Parker. The forward finished with 17 points and showed a great deal of skill and athleticism throughout the game. 

However, this was just one example of an incredible amount of talent on the floor. According to 247 Sports' composite rankings, the top 12 players in the country were on one of the two rosters.

Two prospects that everyone wanted to see were Andrew Wiggins and Parker. The two small forwards are already creating a pretty large rivalry, lining up against each other in all-star games around the country.

Both players are incredibly versatile and can score in a number of different ways while also being good defenders. Parker might be a little better as a shooter, but Wiggins is more athletic and a better finisher around the rim.

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Parker was impressive at the Jordan Brand Classic, although he is even better in a competitive atmosphere, which he will get next year at Duke. If fans are lucky, this rivalry will be restored with Wiggins choosing North Carolina.

Then again, the top recruit in the country could also choose Kentucky, where he would join six other players who competed in this game. With or without him, players like Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson showed on Saturday that the Wildcats are going to be a scary team next season.

Additionally, there were a few lesser-known stars that truly shined in this game.

Nigel Williams-Goss showed that he is one of the top point guards in the class after scoring in the lane throughout the exhibition. With shot-blockers all over the floor, his floater was finding the bottom of the net all game. 

Another point guard who played well was Tyler Ennis, who is going to Syracuse next season. He was not named a McDonald's All-American, but he showed in this one that he was snubbed.

All-around, this is one of the deepest recruiting classes in a long time. The Jordan Brand Classic itself did not mean much, but fans were given a chance to see a preview for the next college basketball season.

If these players live up to expectations, next year is going to be a great one.


Chris Walker: A-

Throughout the recruiting process, Chris Walker has been known as a great athlete who is still very raw as a player. Winning the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest did not hurt that narrative.

However, he was more of a basketball player in the Jordan Brand Classic. Walker finished strong at the rim and was also impressive on the defensive side of the ball.

It is now apparent that Florida is getting a solid player who will continue to improve at the next level. 

Joel Embiid: B+

Coming into the game, Joel Embiid was not very highly rated. According to 247 Sports, he is only listed as the No. 91 recruit in the country.

That will change after this game, as the big man was quite impressive against the top players in the 2013 class.

Embiid is an excellent shot-blocker with enough athleticism to succeed on both sides of the court. At Kansas, he will be brought along slowly, but he will eventually become one of the top interior defenders in college basketball.

Tyler Ennis: A

As previously mentioned, Tyler Ennis was not included in the McDonald's All-American game but seemed to make it his mission to prove doubters wrong.

The point guard has every skill a coach could ask for, including elite quickness, ball-handling, defense and more. He can finish at the rim or shoot from deep if given space.

He is a competitor who played very well at the NHSI for St. Benedict's Prep, and he is certain to make an impact right away at Syracuse.

Kennedy Meeks: C

In a fast-paced game full of athleticism and dunks, Kennedy Meeks simply could not keep up. This is a big problem as the 6'9", 275-pound forward heads to North Carolina.

The Tar Heels enjoy getting out in transition, which will not work if Meeks does not improve his conditioning.

He does not have the athleticism of the other players at this level, and he showed little at this game to believe he will be a star at the next level.