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April 21st, 2015
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
The 2014 World Team suffered an 84-73 loss at the hands of a team led by the trio of eventual NCAA Champions from USA squad, Justise Winslow, Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor. Though last years team featured three picks in that summer's NBA Draft, this team is bigger and definitely more talented from top to bottom. Featuring four consensus Top 10 prospects in the high school class of 2015 in Thon Maker, Cheick Diallo, Skal Labissiere and Ben Simmons, this looks to be an incredibly competitive game.
Let me start by asking this one question...
Could you have asked for a better Final Four?
#1 Duke vs. #7 Michigan State
For draft fans, a potential clash of first pick candidates in the title game in an absolute dream scenario. It's not often that you have the projected number one pick in the Final Four, much less a scenario where the top pick remains uncertain and the top two candidates have a great chance of squaring off against one another in the title game.