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April 27th, 2016
The Jordan Brand Classic was introduced with the top 16U international prospects followed by the top prospects from the New York region. Here are some of the players who stood out and are worth tracking over the next few years.
RJ Barrett 6’6 175 SG/SF – Montverde Academy (Canada) 2000
NBADraft.net's Evan Tomes recently caught up with Terrance Ferguson at the McDonald’s All American Game. Once committed to Alabama, the high flyer recently committed to Arizona. His tremendous shooting was on display at the Nike Hoop Summit as he set a new record for threes (7-of-11) in a game. Here’s what he had to say in Chicago.
NBADraft.net: How has Chicago been so far?
For the first time in history, the host team Germany won the Albert Schweitzer Tournament going unbeaten, after a close final game against Serbia. The tournament is seen as an “unofficial” U18 World Cup, even if this 2016 edition was relatively disappointing in terms of elite talent, due to the absence of the top prospects of 98-99 generation (Isaiah Hartenstein, Frank Ntilikina, Isaac Bonga) and of a reduced field of participants (12 instead of traditional 16).
The Jordan Brand Classic has started with two days of practice completed. The first day at HSS Training Center and the second at Terminal 23. After watching drills and a little bit of scrimmaging, here are some of the player’s performances.
Jayson Tatum 6’8 – Duke
With the NBA regular season over and the draft order set, aside from the top 3 picks with the lottery, here is a look at the current mid-first round mock, half way through April. There are sure to be a lot of changes to this list over the next few weeks as some of the players have yet to make a final decision on entering the draft. Rumors point to Ivan Rabb, and possibly his teammate Jaylen Brown as well, returning to Cal.
Facing a World Team lacking in depth all around talent, the USA Team had an edge in both talent and camaraderie. Their stifling defense got them out to a 16-0 run, with the World team not getting on the board until 3:09 left in the 1st quarter. They were undermanned and weren't able to pose any type of challenge. In a sign of the times (#curryeffect), this team broke records for attempted and made three pointers, as they shot 14-36 (38.9%).
Athletic big man, Bam Adebayo is one of the top bigmen in the class and is headed to Kentucky next season. We had the opportunity to catch up with Bam at the McDonald’s All American Game, this is what he had to say.
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