Madison Square Garden to Host Nation's Elite High School Basketball Players
NEW YORK, Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc. , announced today that the top 10 Rivals.com players -- No. 1 Harrison Barnes (Ames, IA/North Carolina), No. 2 Jared Sullinger (Columbus, OH/Ohio State), No. 3 Brandon Knight (Coral Springs, FL/Undecided), No. 4 Kyrie Irving (West Orange, NJ/Duke), No. 5 Tobias Harris (Dix Hills, NY/Tennessee), No. 6 Will Barton (Baltimore, MD/Memphis), No. 7 Josh Selby (Baltimore, MD/Undecided), No. 8 C.J. Leslie (Holly Springs, NC/Undecided), No. 9 Perry Jones (Duncanville, TX/Baylor) and No. 10 Tristan Thompson (Brampton, ONT/Texas) -- will headline the nation's best high school senior basketball players at the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic, presented by Foot Locker, at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. EST. This year's event will once again be televised nationally live on ESPN2.
The Jordan Brand Classic will also continue to include a Regional Game, showcasing the top prep players from the New York City metropolitan area in a City vs. Suburbs showdown. In its third year of the event, an International Game will feature 16 of the top 17-and-under players from around the world.
"As our preeminent basketball game, the Jordan Brand Classic strives to put the top talent on the floor each year and this year is no exception as we will have the top 10 ranked players in the class of 2010," said Keith Houlemard, President of Jordan Brand. "We are thrilled to host the nation's best at the World's Most Famous Arena in the biggest city in the U.S."
The head coaches this year will be Doug Lipscomb of Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA) for the East team and Mark Migiishi of the Iolani School (Iolani, HI) for the West. The East assistant coaches are Charles Smith of Peabody Magnet High School (Alexandria, LA) and Greg Wise of Yates High School (Houston, TX). The West assistant coaches include Pat Strickland of Jefferson High School (Portland, OR) and Mike Peck of Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV).
Sponsored by Jordan Brand, the event is also annually attended by some of sport and entertainment's biggest stars, who have included Michael Jordan, Spike Lee, CC Sabathia, Chris Paul, LL Cool J, Warren Sapp, Terrell Owens, Floyd Mayweather, Kanye West, Mya, Boyz II Men, Fat Joe, Ludacris, Ahmad Rashad and Vince Carter.
In addition to the game, the Jordan Brand All-Americans have a number of special events around New York City. Last year's players held an autograph session at the Foot Locker House of Hoops, participated in a celebrity bowling event at Lucky Strikes, visited with kids from the Children's Aid Society at the Dunlevy Millbank Center in Harlem and attended the annual awards dinner, where they received their All-American rings.
This year's tripleheader will begin with the Regional Game at 3:30 p.m. followed by the International Game at 5:30 p.m., and the All-American Game at 8:00 p.m. The International and regional rosters will be announced at a later date.
Tickets are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the Madison Square Garden box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 212-307-7171. For more information, please visit the official web site, JordanBrandClassic.com. Live webcasts of the Regional and International games, produced by the High School Basketball Network, will also available at JordanBrandClassic.TV.
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