Saturday, April 13, 2013
Reaction: Jordan Brand Classic
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The West beat the East 102-98 in the 12th edition of the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday night at Barclays Center.
Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington) delivered the game-winning basket -- a layup off a steal that turned into a three-point play, which gave the West a 99-96 lead with 28.5 seconds left. Williams-Goss led the West with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds. Jabari Parker (Duke) added 16 points. Projected 2014 No. 1 NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins (undecided) and Julius Randle (Kentucky) each had 19 points for the East.
Local kid Tyler Ennis (St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.), who is Syracuse-bound, had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds for the East.
MJ:Michael Jordan, now 50, was born in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn but moved to North Carolina with his family when he was just 18 months old. He received a huge ovation when he was seen in a suite, and many in the crowd turned to take pictures on their cell phones.
1 vs. 2: Wiggins (undecided) and Parker (Duke) both started getting after it in the second half. The dynamic small forwards are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in ESPN’s Top 100 recruiting rankings, respectively. Wiggins wowed the crowd with four dunks and added five rebounds, while Parker displayed his all-around game, snagging seven rebounds and dishing out two assists.
KNICK TAKEOVER: Stoudemire, Anthony and J.R. Smith all sat courtside. STAT (23 points, co-MVP) and Melo (27 points) both played in the 2002 game. Spike Lee showed off his “NEW YORK” Knicks sweatshirt on the JumboTron. He heard some boos from the crowd.
ALSO IN THE CROWD: Drake, who would perform after the game, received the loudest ovation of any of the celebrities in attendance. Others: CC Sabathia, Eric LeGrand, Fabolous, Chromeo, Andre Ward, Busta Rhymes and Michael K. Williams.
THE KENTUCKY SIX: Twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Randle, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and James Young will all play for John Calipari’s Wildcats next season. Andrew (PG), Aaron (SG), Randle (PF) and Johnson (C) are all the No. 1-rated prospects at their respective positions.
DID YOU KNOW?Kuran Iverson, a 6-foot-8 small forward who will attend Memphis, is Allen Iverson’s cousin. Joel Embiid, a 7-foot center who will attend Kansas, did not start as a junior. He’s from Congo and made significant strides this season.