Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at 7:51 pm  |  13 responses

Jordan Classic Live Blog

All-Star games never get boring.

by Franklyn Calle

Live from the Mecca of Basketball, the best of the best from the class of 2010 will lace up their Air Jordans for one last time as they take part in the final game of their high school careers. After four years (some more) of dreaming of culminating their prep careers playing as All-Americans at biggest stage of them all, and in front of “His Airness” himself, dreams have become reality and now the only thing left is to thread the board.

Playing in such prestigious game isn’t the only dream we’ll witness these blue chippers realize tonight. Two of the more sought out recruits in America will be announcing where they will be attending college in the Fall. Josh Selby, a 6-3 guard from Baltimore, will be announcing his commitment at the 12 minute mark of the first half. He has narrowed his list of contending schools down to UConn, Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas and Kentucky. At the 12 minute mark of the second half, 6-4 New York City native and Oak Hill standout Doron Lamb will reveal to the world his college of choice.

On Thursday afternoon, SLAM orchestrated a dope photo shoot with some of the All-Americans right in the middle of Times Square. Be on the look out for those shots in the new issue coming out in a few weeks. We then chilled with the boys and had dinner with them at the Westin Hotel in Times Square.

Yesterday, the boys really took it easy at practice by only doing drills and running sets, much to the disappointment of all who were on hand looking for a scrimmage. But it’s all good, as tonight we get to see them on actual game mode.

Common is slated to perform at halftime and many more celebrities are expected to be in attendance, as it has been the case throughout the years. I’ll fill you guys in as I see them in the building.

We’ve already had two games in the books with the regional game (Suburban defeated City 137-133; led by Fuquan Edwin and JJ Moore who finished with 26 points each) at 3:30 p.m. and the international game (White defeating Black Jerseys 72-71; led by Canadian native Duane Notice’s 23 points) at 5:30 p.m.

The game is being broadcast live on ESPN2 for those who want to follow along.

But the wiser move would be to follow the game right here with us online!!!

So lets get to the rosters real quick:

East Team (Red Jerseys)

#    Name                          Pos Hgt    Wgt    High School (School Location)    College
0    Jared Sullinger     C    6-9    265    Northland High School (Columbus, OH)    Ohio State
1    Kyrie Irving     G    6-2    172    St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, NJ)    Duke
2    Dion Waiters     G    6-4    201    Life Center Academy (Philadelphia, PA)    Syracuse
3    Perry Jones     C    6-11    220    Duncanville, TX (Duncanville, TX)    Baylor
5    C.J. Leslie     F    6-8    205    Word of God Academy (Raleigh, NC)    Undecided
11    Brandon Knight     G    6-3    185    Pine Crest School (Fort Lauderdale, FL)    Undecided
12    DeShaun Thomas     F    6-7    220    Bishop Luers High School (Fort Wayne, IN)    Ohio State
22    Roscoe Smith     F    6-8    190    Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)    Connecticut
35    Reggie Bullock     G    6-6    190    Kinston High School (Kinston, NC)    North Carolina
45    Jelan Kendrick     F    6-7    186    Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA)    Memphis

Coach: Greg Wise, Yates High School (Houston, TX)
Asst. Coach: Charles Smith, Peabody Magnet High School (Alexandria, LA)
Asst. Coach: Doug Lipscomb, Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA)

West Team (Blue Jerseys)

#    Name                          Pos Hgt    Wgt    High School (School Location)    College
1    Terrence Jones     F    6-8    220    Jefferson High School (Portland, OR)    Undecided
5    Will Barton     G    6-6    165    Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, NH)    Memphis
12    Tobias Harris     F    6-8    210    Half Hollow Hills West High School (Dix Hills, NY)    Tennessee
13    Tristan Thompson     F    6-9    235    Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV)    Texas
14    Kendall Marshall     G    6-4    180    Bishop O’Connell High School (Arlington, VA)    North Carolina
15    Cory Joseph     G    6-3    180    Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV)    Undecided
20    Doron Lamb     G    6-4    183    Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)    Undecided
32    Josh Selby     G    6-3    185    Lake Clifton High School (Baltimore, MD)    Undecided
34    Joshua Smith     C    6-9    320    Kentwood High School (Covington, WA)    UCLA
40    Harrison Barnes     F     6-8    209    Ames High School (Ames, IA)    North Carolina

Coach: Mike Peck, Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV)
Asst. Coach: Pat Strickland, Jefferson High School (Portland, OR)
Asst. Coach: Mark Mugiishi, Iolani School (Iolani, HI)

-A minute left before tip-off, no sign of MJ yet.

-We’re ready for the starting lineups!!

Starting for the Blue squad (West): J. Sullinger, D. Waiters, B. Knight, D. Thomas, CJ Leslie

Starting for White squad (East): D. Lamb, T. Jones, H. Barnes, C. Joseph, T. Thompson

-D. Waiters hits a lay up to start things off.

-OK, we’re back. Blue is leading 15-10

-D. Lamb is taking shots every time he gets the ball. And who could blame him?! This is his hometown after all.

-Chris Paul is in the building! He played in this very same game in 2003.

-Internet is starting to get slow now. Not a good sign.

-Selby doing his thing while getting other involved. Off-the-back pass to Barton for the dunk and minutes later an alley-oop to our diarist Terrence Jones.

- Josh Selby has just announced that he will be a Kansas Jayhawk!!!

-Barnes soars for a one-handed jam.

-Tristan Thompson with a put-back dunk off the miss from fellow Canadian and high school teammate Cory Joseph.

-No sign of Jordan yet with 9 minutes to go in the first half.

-Brandon Knight with a nice alley-oop to C.J. Leslie.

-West is pulling away; leading 45-32 with 7:55 to go in the first half.

-Will Barton has such a smooth game. His baskets seem effortless at times.

-Joshua Smith is quietly putting in work in the paint! Got 10 points so far.

-Selby and Knight going at it!

-West on top 64-43 with 3:38 remaining in the first half.

-Kyrie Irving got the crowd buzzing as he puts the ball between Cory Joseph’s legs on his way up the floor for the feed and basket.

-Tristan Thompson holding his own with the steal and basket. He got 12.

-K. Irving is heating up as he hits a 3-pointer.

-Tristan Thompson is most definitely on his way to a double-double with the way he is playing. He got 12 points and 6 rebounds so far.

-Irving shakes up Joseph with the crossover who ends up fouling.

-West is up 75-56 at the half.

-So there’s a rumor going around that Doron Lamb will be committing to John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. We will find out if it’s true in a few minutes.

-Common performing at half. Mic on one hand and basketball on the other…through the legs, around the back and all!

-Did Common just get on the floor and breakdance?! Yeah, I think he did.

-At the half, Tristan Thompson leads all scorers with 12 points. Doron Lamb, Harrison Barnes, and Terrence Jones with 11 points each for the West squad.

-For the East, Kendrick with 10 points. Only player in double-figures.

- Irving and Leslie are trying to bring the East back.

-East starts the second half on a 10-2 run behind Sullinger.

- Brandon Knight’s no look pass to Reggie was a beauty.

- Knight doing a great job distributing the ball as the East closes in. West only up 88-83 now.

-Defense wins games and the East seems to have figured that out.

-The East has outscored the West 29-16 in the first 12-and-a-half minutes of the second half.

-Doron Lamb has announced that he will be a Kentucky Wildcat!!! As we had previously speculated.

- West up 10, 108-98, with six minutes to go.

-The west is leading 115-101. The East needs to put Kyrie Irving back in the game!

- Tristan Thompson with a facial!

-Irving with the basket, then steals the ball and gets the lay-up.

-Selby lobs one to Barnes for a crowd pleasing jam!

-West up 10, 124-114, with 2 minutes to go.

-Lay-ups by Leslie and Irving cut the lead to 6, 124-118.

-A 3-pointer by Irving cuts the west lead to 125-123 with 40 seconds to go.

-Irving goes coast-to-coast for a acrobatic layup to cut the lead to 127-125.

-Tristan makes both free-throws.

- East runs out of time and the West wins it 129-125.

-MVPs go to Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving.

-For the West team Barnes finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Terrence Jones had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Tristan Thompson put up 19 points and 13 rebounds.

-For the East Squad: Kyrie Irving- 22 pts, 7 asts, 4 rbs; Jared Sullinger- 20 pts, 7 rbs, 4 blks; C.J. Leslie 19 pts, 6 rbs, 3 blks.

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  • http://Slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Should be a great game. Sick talent, competitive kids. Thanks for holding us down, FC.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    First time watching most of these guys in person. Harrison is definitely for real.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Sort of glad I missed the halftime entertainment, Frankie.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Franklyn Calle

    Ryne: Common did a little something-something out there, from what my eyes saw

  • Shawn

    Only one player from Word of God???

  • Blue Devil

    Kyrie Irving is the man! We will repeat as national champs, mark my words.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great stuff, Frankie. I’m very proud that our year-long diarist Harrison Barnes played so well. Fun game. I would’ve commented a lot more but I had some tech difficulties.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    And one more. The official Jordan Brand post-game press release:

    NEW YORK, NY (April 17, 2010) – North Carolina-bound Harrison Barnes (Ames High School/Ames, IA) earned co-Most Valuable Player honors tonight at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, as he finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead the White Jerseys to the 129-125 victory over the Black Jerseys at the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic, presented by Foot Locker. Harrison Barnes was joined by co-MVP Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick High School/West Orange, NJ/Duke) who had 22 points, seven assists and four rebounds for the Black Jerseys.

    Sponsored by Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., the event was once again attended by some of sport and entertainment’s biggest stars including Chris Paul, Jadakiss, DJ Clue, Mario, MC Lyte, Lee England, DJ Clark Kent, Skyzoo and Alex Thomas. Multi-platinum recording artist and actor Common headlined the halftime musical performance while R&B artist and songwriter Marsha Ambrosius performed the National Anthem.

    Other statistical standouts included Josh Selby (Lake Clifton High School/Baltimore, MD/Kansas) with 21 points, Cory Joseph (Findlay Prep/Ontario, Canada/Undecided) with seven assists, Tristan Thompson (Findlay Prep/Ontario, Canada/Texas) with 13 rebounds and Jared Sullinger (Northland High School/Columbus, OH/Ohio State) with four blocks.

    A highlight of the evening was college announcements in front of the Madison Square Garden crowd and national ESPN television audience from Josh Selby (Baltimore, MD) who committed to Kansas and New York City native Doron Lamb (Mouth of Wilson, VA), who announced that he will be attending Kentucky in the fall.

    “This year’s Jordan Brand Classic marked another successful showcase of the top high school basketball players from all corners of the world and exciting musical entertainment,” said Keith Houlemard, President of Jordan Brand. “Madison Square Garden has hosted so many great legendary moments in the history of basketball and we are proud to use it as a platform to introduce the next stars of the game.”

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  • Maurice Bobb

    Had mad fun with the SLAM crew at the Mecca. Game was nice. Barnes and Irving are the truth. Both are also very well spoken. I see big things for those two

  • Brian

    Barnes is going to hold it down 4 the tar heels.

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  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Well yeah, there was only one senior this year from Word of God. Hey did you guys remember the jerseys this year? I think that is rather tacky as last year the All-Americans didn’t have their nice jerseys. Oh, and I hope there were a couple of juniors as well.