Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Davis, McAdoo Earn Co-MVP Honors in Jordan Classic
North Carolina-bound James McAdoo earned co-Most Valuable Player honors in Charlotte Saturday night, as he finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the East All-Americans to the 113 – 109 victory over the West All-Americans at the 10th anniversary Jordan Brand Classic.
McAdoo is the second straight future Tar Heel to be so honored, following Harrison Barnes last year.
He was joined by co-MVP, Kentucky-bound Anthony Davis who had 29 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the West All-Americans.
Davis’s play impressed future Kentucky teammates Marquis Teague and Michael Gilchrist of St. Patrick.
“He runs the floor really well,” Teague told The Sporting News. “He scores. He blocks a lot of shots. He blocked my shots a few times. We’ve been roommates at every event, so we’ve been talking all the time.
“He loves playing with me. He knows when he runs the floor, I’m going to find him. When he runs pick-and-roll, I’m going to find him.”
Gilchrist added: “Well, he’s long as I don’t know what, for one. And two, he’s like Anthony Randolph. He’s long. He can shoot. We can’t wait.”
Other statistical standouts in the game included Austin Rivers (Winter Park, FL/Duke) with 16 points, Tony Wroten Jr. (Seattle, WA/ Washington) with 10 assists, Bradley Beal (St. Louis, MO/Florida) with 8 rebounds and Khem Birch (Fitchburg, MA/Pittsburgh) with 5 blocks.
Other players on the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic Team include Jabari Brown (Oakland, CA/Oregon), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Greenville, GA/Georgia), Michael Carter-Williams (Providence, RI/Syracuse), Rakeem Christmas (Bryn Athyn, PA/Syracuse), Michael Gbinije (Richmond, VA/Duke), P.J. Hairston (Chatham, VA/North Carolina), Myck Kabongo (Henderson, NV/Texas), Quincy Miller (High Point, NC/Baylor) , Johnny O’Bryant (Cleveland, MS/LSU), Sir’Dominic Pointer (Winston-Salem, NC/St. John’s), Otto Porter (Sikeston, MO/Georgetown), Shannon Scott (Alpharetta, GA/Ohio State) and Adonis Thomas (Memphis, TN/Memphis), Kyle Wiltjer (Portland, OR/Kentucky).
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.