Monday, March 10, 2014

Daniel Hamilton Invited to Play in Jordan Brand Classic

The AAC was expected to be a pretty good basketball conference, at least this season, led by top-notch guards and Hall of Fame coaches. It didn't disappoint and, in fact, the new conference exceeded expectations.

We'll see what happens moving forward, sans Lousville, but the league should remain a quality basketball conference. SMU obviously is rising up, Temple won't be down for too long and, who knows, maybe Tulsa will surprise.

UConn's future continues to look good, with Sam Cassell, Jr., and Daniel Hamilton coming on board next season. Hamilton has been invited to play in this year's Jordan Brand Classic, to be held April 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The press release:

For the second consecutive year, Barclays Center will be serving as the host venue for the 13th annual Jordan Brand Classic. The nation’s premier high school all-star game will be held on April 18, 2014in Brooklyn.

Jordan Brand Classic will feature three epic matchups, beginning with an International Game at 2:30 p.m. EDT. This is the seventh year that the best young talent from around the globe will square off on-court, showcasing the world’s basketball talent. Following the International Game, the New York metropolitan area can support their favorite local talent in the Regional Game, tipping off at 4:30 p.m. The Regional Game is a “City vs. Suburbs” showdown that will feature the top prep players from the area.

Headlining the Jordan Brand Classic is the National Game, with tip-off slated for 7:00 p.m. EDT. This game serves as an annual showcase for the best talent at the high school level. Jordan Brand signature athletes including Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin are all Jordan Brand Classic alums.

The top 26 prospects from across the country have been selected to play in the National Game. Teams are broken down by geography.

EAST:

Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, MN/Duke), Joel Berry (Lake Highland, FL/UNC), Isaiah Whitehead (Lincoln, (Brooklyn) NY/Seton Hall), LJ Peak (Gaffney, SC/Georgetown), Grayson Allen (Providence, FL/Duke), James Blackmon (Marion, IN/Indiana), Rashad Vaughn (Findlay, NV/UNLV), Kelly Oubre (Findlay, NV/Kansas), Justin Jackson (Homeschool Christian Youth Academy, TX/UNC), Reid Travis (De LaSalle, MN/Stanford), Trey Lyles (Arsenal Tech, IN/Kentucky),Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young, IL/Duke), Karl Towns (St. Joseph, NJ/Kentucky).

WEST:

Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep, TX/SMU), Tyler Ulis (Marian Catholic, IL/Kentucky), Devin Booker (Moss Point, MS/Kentucky), Kameron Chatman (Columbia Christian, OR/Michigan), Theo Pinson (Wesleyan Christian, NC/UNC),Justise Winslow (St. John’s, TX/Duke), Stanley Johnson (Master Dei, CA/Arizona), Cliff Alexander (Curie, IL/Kansas), Chris McCullough (IMG Academy/Syracuse), Myles Turner (Trinity, TX/Uncommitted), Daniel Hamilton (St. John Bosco, CA/UConn), D’Angelo Russell (Montverde Academy, FL/Ohio State), Shaqquan Aaron(Rainier Beach, WA/Louisville).

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