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Thursday / December 9.
  • 100 NBA personnel expected at Champions Classic

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Approximately 100 NBA personnel from all 30 NBA teams are expected on Tuesday for the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden, a source close to the event told ZAGSBLOG.

    Kansas, No. 3 in the AP Preseason Poll, faces Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by No. 9 Duke against No. 10 Kentucky in what will be Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final game coaching at the Garden. Both games will air live on ESPN.

    According to the latest ESPN.com rankings, Duke freshman forward Paolo Banchero is the No. 2 prospect in 2022 and fellow freshman A.J. Griffin is No. 12.

    “For Banchero to emerge as the top pick in this 2022 class and surpass the tantalizing [Chet] Holmgren [of Gonzaga] — and other No. 1 candidates like Jaden Hardy and Jalen Duren — he’ll have to prove himself as a consistent 3-point shooter, continue simplifying his game by being more efficient with his dribble, and fine-tune his defense, showcasing more versatility on that end,” ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz wrote.

    Duke’s Mark Williams is at 22, Trevor Keels is 51 and Wendell Moore is 75.

    Kentucky freshman point guard TyTy Washington is ranked No. 16 by ESPN, while fellow freshman big man Damion Collins is 19.

    Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji is No. 33 while Christian Braun is 84.

    Stay tuned for more coverage from the Champions Classic.

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    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.