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April 24th, 2015
Skal Labissiere has had an eventful senior year, from being ruled ineligible and starting his own team, to raising his level to compete against some of the best teams in the nation.
A few months ago, Labissiere wasn’t necessarily considered a surefire one and done prospect. After a strong season, showing vast improvement in his body and game, he has played himself into contention for the top spot in the 2016 NBA draft. NBADraft.net had the opportunity to catch up with the Kentucky commit at the Jordan Brand Classic.
To kick off the Jordan Brand Classic, the top international born players ages 16 and younger played in the first game of the night. The game has produced many great young players including Andrew Wiggins, Jonas Valanciunas, Enes Kanter, Ben Simmons and many more. Here are some of the players that stood out.
Jaylen Hoard 6-6 192 SF – Casteinau Le Lez (France) 1999
While this game was missing arguably its two most spectacular prospects with Jaylen Brown and Ben Simmons not participating, there was still a fair amount of talent on hand. Here is a recap of the West's prospects:
Over the weekend at the Jordan Brand Classic, NBADraft.net had the opportunity to catch up with Antonio Blakeney, a potential top 10 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Blakeney is one of the top shooting guards in the nation and will team up with Ben Simmons to give LSU one of the top recruiting classes.
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On Saturday, the Barclay’s Center was crowded with anxious fans who wanted to see the next big thing as many of the nation's top seniors played in their final high school game. Here is a recap of the top prospects from the Jordan Brand Classic, East Team.
Cheick Diallo – Undecided
Before they play under the lights at the Barclay’s Center (Friday Night), the top high school seniors had two days of practice at Terminal 23. Here are some of the top prospects who stood out at the Jordan Brand Classic practices:
Skal Labissiere – Kentucky
In an enjoyable and competitive game, the World Team held on to beat Team USA by two 103-101, giving well respected Coach Roy Rana (@Roy_Rana) his third win in five games.
USA Team Report here
Here are scouting reports and outlooks on each World Team player, (plus thoughts from World Team Coach Rana taken the night before the game):
In a competitive contest, Team USA pushed the World Team to the very brink, as a last second shot by Allonzo Trier hit the side of the backboard. The practices gave us a terrific glimpse into what these players can do, with many of their skills being displayed in the 103-101 contest. This group had a lot of International experience, with every member having spent time playing for Team USA in prior contests.
While many of the top young players competing in Portland at the Nike Hoop Summit; another event was taking place in Louisville at the 33rd annual Derby Classic, All Star game. Here were some of the top performers:
Diamond Stone – Maryland