By David Cordova
Every April, there is a big anticipation for the Jordan Brand Classic. It is one of the nation’s most premier all-star games for 24 of the nation’s best high school seniors. There is also the Regional Game, where players from the Eastern region get to showcase their talents one final time before they head to college.
This event, which was created in 2002, has produced many players who have ended up in the professional ranks such as Chris Paul, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to name a few.
A new inception to the game was the first-ever Girls game, which produced the best female hoopsters in the country.
Another part of the game that returned was the International Game, which features the best players around the world, aged 15-16.
All four games turned out to be exciting affairs. In the international game, the White team beat the black team 63-60.
In the girls game, the East team beat the West, 76-75 with Napheesa Collier of St. Louis, Missouri, winning the East MVP award with 22 points & 13 rebounds, while Taja Cole from Richmond, VA won West MVP honors with 26 points and 3 assists.
In the Regional Game, the Away team emerged victorious with a 125-122 win over the Home team. Donovan Mitchell of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire won MVP honors for the Away with 30 points, while Jalen Adams, also of Brewster, won MVP honors with 27 points.
And, last but not least, in the highly-anticipayed National Game, the West won 118-116 over the East, Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American in Centereach, NY, won MVP honors for the East with 26 points & 11 rebounds and Allonzo Trier of Findlay Prep in Henderson, NV won MVP honors with the 28 points.
Here are the scouting reports on the most outstanding players in the Girls Game, Regional Game and the National Game:
Napheesa Collier, (Immaculate Word Academy, St. Louis, MO) – Collier knows how to bang in the paint and can also get to the basket off the dribble. She also had a good jumper. She scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds & 4 steals. She will be headed to the UConn in the fall.
Taja Cole, (Lloyd P. Cole HS, Chesterfield, VA) – Cole is a flat-out scorer and shooter. She can get into the lane and is very quick. She scored 26 points & added 3 assists. She will be headed to Louisville in the fall.
Kiah Gillespie (Capital Prep, Hartford, CT) – Gillespie has terrific rebounding skills and can also do damage in the paint. She had 11 points & 12 rebounds. She will be headed to Maryland this fall.
Jessie Govan, (Wings Academy, Bronx, NY) – Govan is a legitimate big man in the paint that knows how to shoot. He had 10 points & 7 rebounds. He will be headed to Georgetown this fall.
Donte DiVicenzo, (Salesianum School, Wilmington, DE) – DiVicenzo is a guard that cam go to the hole and score as well go above the rim. He scored 27 points & added 9 rebounds. He will be headed to Villanova this fall.
Matt Ryan, (Iona Prep, New Rochelle, NY) – Ryan is a terrific shooter that can also play down low. He scored 15 points & added 7 rebounds. He will be headed to Notre Dame this fall.
Tyler Lydon (New Hampton School, New Hampton, NH) – Lydon is a solid big man that has a tendency of being above the rim. His rebounding skills are superb. He scored 13 points & added 6 rebounds. He will be headed to Syracuse this fall.
Davon Dillard (Our Savior New American, Centereach, NY) – Dillard is a guard that is a high-flyer and can score in bunches. He scored 18 points & added 4 assists. He will be headed to Cal this fall.
Donovan Mitchell (Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, NH) – Mitchell is an athleric guard that can also shoot the ball in spurts. He scored 30 points. He will be headed to Louisville this fall.
Terance Mann (Tilton School, Tilton, MA) – Mann is a guard that is very explosive and also can rebound efficiently. He scored 20 points & added 13 rebounds. He will be headed to Florida State in the fall.
Derrick Jones (Archbishop Carroll, Radnor, PA) – Jones is a forward that is an exceptional finisher above the rim. He also is a superb rebounder. He scored 14 points & added 10 rebounds. He will be headed to UNLV in the fall.
Steven Enoch (St. Thomas More, Oakland, CT) – Enoch is a powerful & solid big man that is athletic on both ends of the floor. He scored 15 points & added 9 rebounds. He will be headed to UConn this fall.
Jalen Adams (Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, NH) – Adams is a quick, explosive guard with handle that can go above the rim and score in bunches. He scored 27 points & added 5 assists with 3 steals. He will be headed to UConn this fall.
Cheick Diallo (Our Savior New American, Centereach, NY) – Diallo is a mobile forward that is a powerful rebounder and is dominant in the low post. He scored 26 points & added 11 rebounds. He remains undecided with his college choice.
Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic, Roselle, NJ) – Briscoe is a flashy guard that can shoot and also make great plays when going to the basket. He scored 22 points & added 6 assists. He will be headed to Kentucky this fall.
Eric Davis (Arthur Hill, Saginaw, MI) – Davis is an aggressive scorer that can also shoot for 20 feet. He scored 14 points. He will be headed to Texas this fall.
Skal Labassiere (Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN) – Labassiere is a center that can shoot from deep places on the floor and is able to block shots as well as rebound. He scored 12 points & added 11 rebounds. He will be headed to Kentucky this fall.
Malik Beasley (St. Francis School, Roswell, GA) – Beasley is a scorer, but his forte is that he likes to go above the rim. He scored 11 points. He will be headed to Florida State this fall.
Thomas Bryant (Huntington Prep, Huntington, WV) – Bryant is a dominant forward that can rebound & also bang in the paint. He scored 11 points & added 8 rebounds. He will be headed to Indiana this fall.
Antonio Blakeney (Oak Ridge, Orlando, FL) – Blakeney is a guard that is explosive off the dribble, can make highlight-reel plays at the rim & also pass and shoot effectively. He scored 11 points. He will be headed to LSU this fall.
Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland, CA) – Rabb is a forward that is athletic on both ends of the court. He is versatile when shooting and can also jam it in the paint. He scored 14 points & added 12 rebounds. He will be headed to Cal in the fall.
Tyler Dorsey (Maranatha, Pasadena, CA) – Dorsey is a guard that can be above the rim, but can also shoot as well. He scored 15 points. He will be headed to Oregon in the fall.
Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep, Henderson, NV) – Trier is a flashy guard that can pass, but also is a superb shooter from long range that can also get to the basket. He scored 28 points & added 4 assists. He will be headed to Arizona in the fall.