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April 17th, 2013
1. Brandon Davies 6’9 235 lbs. Forward (BYU)- Davies led his team to the championship on Saturday at Churchland High School as he scored 23 points on 10 for 14 shooting and captured the PIT MVP.
On Saturday, Brooklyn's Barclays Center held the 2013 edition of Jordan Brand Classic, with the international game opening the competition. In a close 76-72 game, the black squad prevailed, despite 24 points from Canadian Jamal Murray, who led the white team. Sharing Co-MVP with Murray was Croatian forward Lovro Mazalin, who finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Here are the prospects that showed the most potential from an NBA perspective:
Thon Maker (1997, 7’0”, PF, Carlise School, Australia)
Between the celebs in the stands, the gifted young men competing in the 2013 Jordan Brand classic, and Mike Phillips, the saxophonist who performed one of the best renditions of the Star Spangled Banner in recent memory, the Barclays Center was oozing with talent on Saturday night. Here, we will recap the game which featured what is widely regarded as the most gifted high school class since 2007, with individual breakdowns of key player performances.
East Team Roundup
Hoop Summit Roster
While the 2013 version of the Jordan Brand Classic came down to the wire, the overall flow of the game lacked a tangible rhythm. For showcase standards, however, it was a very defensive-minded contest with regular resistance at the rim and relatively few easy hoops. Let’s take a closer look at player breakdowns from the victorious West squad:
This year's Final Four featured a number of players with draft aspirations but the games did not have a huge effect on their draft stocks. Nonetheless here is a look at how their performances shifted scout's views of them.
Congratulations to the 2013 National Champion Louisville Cardinals. The Cards took down Michigan in the title game on Monday night in one of the better games/matchups in recent memory. The title game featured two of the most complete teams in college basketball. And it wasn't just the title game. The Final Four as a whole was must see TV for all basketball fans. There was no shortage of story lines from Kevin Ware's injury to the Cinderella Wichita State Shockers. One team had to come out victorious while the other three teams were left searchin
By Ian Powers
Good news draft fans, the 2013 high school class is a very deep and talented one, much more so than than last year's class. The 2013 McDonald's All-Americans game featured a number of players who should be donning an NBA uniforms, as well as All Star unis in the the near future. The game showed that these guys still have a lot to work on, with outside shooting being at the core as both teams shot a combined 7-29 (24.1%) from 3. The West delivered a 110-99 victory over the East, remaining in control through the majority of the contest.
With the NBA regular season coming to a close, we've got a big enough sample size to look at how this year's crop of rookies did. There were a few that look to be impact players moving forward, but there's not a lot of all-star appearances in line for this group unless they improve greatly.
It's quite apparent that Damian Lillard has had the best rookie season, but where will this batch of rookies be in a handful of years?