Zion Williamson Headlines Rosters Announced for 2018 Jordan Brand Classic

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Spartanburg Day's Zion Williamson #12 in action against Chino Hills during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Springfield,MA. Chino Hills won the game. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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A trio of future Duke Blue Devils—R.J. Barrett, Cameron Reddish and Zion Williamson—and Oregon Ducks signee Bol Bol headline the rosters for the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic.

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated provided the full squads for both teams ahead of the April 8 clash at Barclays Center in New York City:

Barrett (No. 1), Reddish (No. 2) and Williamson (No. 3) are the top three prospects in the 2018 men's college basketball recruiting class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

The fact all of them are going to Duke will be one of the top storylines ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. Now fans are set to get an early glimpse of the trio when they team up alongside another Blue Devils commit, Tre Jones (No. 9), for the Home Team.

Taking part in the Jordan Brand Classic is also a chance for all of the players, many of whom will only stay in college for one year, to get some early exposure.

It's something Williamson discussed after choosing Duke in January, per Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer.

"It wasn't just about basketball and what [coach Mike Krzyzewski] could do for me in one year," Williamson said. "It was how he can build Zion as a brand on and off the court for like the next 20 years and the rest of my life."

He added: "In the end, this is a business. People don't really care about your feelings. They can always go find somebody else."

Meanwhile, Bol (No. 4) is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol. While he possesses the same size advantage of his father—247Sports lists the 5-star prospect at 7'1", 225 pounds—he's displayed more fluid movement up and down the court to establish himself as a high-end recruit.

He'll be joined on the Away Team by Nassir Little (No. 6), Quentin Grimes (No. 11) and Shareef O'Neal (No. 33), the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, in the star-studded event.


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