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The Jordan Brand Classic Preview

Jordan Brand Classic

The best high school players in the nation will be facing off on April 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. You can watch it on ESPN2 at 7 pm ET. Since its inception in 2002, the Jordan Brand Classic has played host to top-tier talent who have gone on to become premier players in the NBA. Players like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and LeBron James — the all-time scoring leader with 34 points in 2003 — have all previously played in the annual showdown.

Jordan Brand Classic

This year is especially unique, as Jordan brand is unveiling its new performance basketball shoe: the Jordan Ultra.Fly. The shoe is inspired by Michael Jordan’s “Black Cat” nickname, and features a durable Kurim mesh upper, which provides Flight appeal and a lightweight feel. The Zoom Air unit in the forefoot combats rough landings, and delivers a responsive cushioning for bounce. The solid rubber outsole maintains a firm grip so you won’t lose your footing, and it extends all the way to the upper toe box. The shoe reminds us of the Super.Fly 4 in terms of its breathable mesh and comfort. We can’t wait to see the best of the best give these shoes a test run on Friday.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

De’Aaron Fox: He can dribble, dish, dunk, and drain triples. Watch him hit 10 threes en route to a 50-point performance.

Josh Jackson: He’s a 6’6” junior who looks like a pro. The Detroit native plays above the rim, has great body control, and has a quick trigger off the dribble. Check out his awe-inspiring 2015 mixtape.

Jayson Tatum: There’s a good reason he’s heading to Duke next season: he’s one of the most well-balanced players in the nation. We hyped him for the McDonald’s All-American Game a couple weeks ago, so we’ll let his mixtape do the talking.

Harry Giles: He’s 16 but plays like he’s 26. Giles throws it down with ferocity and has a step-back that’s deadly. He’s a beast under the basket — whether rebounding or blocking shots — and has amazing court awareness.

Miles Bridges: This dude can flat out score, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t guard well. He’s got skills and the swagger to match. Watch him pad his stats in the Chick-Fil-A Classic championship game.

Catch the game on ESPN2 at 7 pm ET. We’ll be watching. Will you?

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