The 15th annual Jordan Brand Classic game took place Friday [April 15] at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 2016 All-American boys and girls both played tremendous games and put on quite a show for the basketball loving crowd.
The boys’ national game started off rough, with UConn commit Alterique Gilbert and incoming Duke guard (as well as McDonalds game MVP) Frank Jackson both leaving with injuries, never a good sight for upcoming college freshmen. Gilbert was carted off on a stretcher after injuring his left shoulder while Jackson fell off his back foot after jumping for an offensive rebound. Even with a slow start the All-American didn’t disappoint, as the energy was at a high level and a huge dose of explosive dunks and alley-oops took place throughout the game.
In a tough match-up, the East pulled out the win over the West with 131-117 as the final score. Malik Monk, an incoming Kentucky guard, finished 10-19 with 22 points and left the game with MVP honors for the West and De’Aaron Fox (another incoming Kentucky guard) went 8-16 for 23 points and left the game with MVP honors for the East team. Kentucky will have yet another stacked back court and we’re as excited as everyone else to watch the tandem do damage in the upcoming NCAA season.
(Carmelo Anthony & the MVP for the East, De’Aaron Fox)
(Maya Moore and the two MVP’s of the East, Erin Boley and Joyner Holmes from the Jordan Brand National Women’s Game)
(MVP Rowan Barret of the International Jordan Brand Classic Squad)
(Shamorie Ponds of The Jordan Brand Classic Boys National Team)
(Jordan Brand International Guard Andrew Nembhard talks with us and a few reporters after the Jordan Brand game)
We spoke with Andrew Nembhard, Regional Guard Unique Mclean (committed to UMass) and National Guard Shamorie Ponds (committed to St. Johns). Check out what they had to say about their first Jordan Brand Classic game and experience:
(International Boys Jordan Brand Classic Game)
Check out high-flying, explosive dunks and intense play from the Jordan Brand National Boys game and highlights from the Jordan Brand International and Regional Games below.