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.
The Jordan Brand Classic, now in its 21st year, will host elite level high school senior basketball players as they take the big stage in the same city where Michael Jordan cemented his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time. Honoring MJ’s legacy, the Jordan Brand Classic is a celebration of the next generation of basketball stars and regularly features the best and brightest high school talent in the country. The event has been canceled each of the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will return in full-force on Friday, April 15 at Chicago’s Hope Academy. The Girls Game will lead the way with a 5:00 p.m. tipoff, followed by the Boys Game at 7:00 p.m. CST.
The Jordan Brand Classic is a unique opportunity for the best high school seniors to unite, following in the footsteps of the games’ alumni like Bam Adebayo, Carmelo Anthony, Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Jayson Tatum, and Zion Williamson, as well as DiJonai Carrington, Charli Collier, Napheesa Collier, Sophie Cunningham, Asia Durr, Sabrina Ionescu, and Satou Sabally.Rosters for the boys’ and girls’ Jordan Brand Classic teams can be found below.
Duke leads the way on the boys side with three recruits, while Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon and UCLA have two apiece.
Ticket information for this event will be released at a later date. Follow @Jumpman23 on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates or visit the official website at JordanBrandClassic.com.
Media is invited to apply for credentials to media day, as well as both the Boys’ and Girls’ All-American games, at: https://jordanbrandclassic.com/media-credential-request-form/.
2022 Jordan Brand National Boys Team
Away TeamName Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Amari Bailey SG 6’4 185 Sierra Canyon School (Chatsworth, CA) UCLA
Jaden Bradley PG 6’2 185 IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) Alabama
Jalen Hood-Schifino SG 6’4 200 Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) Indiana
Jett Howard SF 6’7 185 IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) Michigan
Vincent Iwuchukwu C 7’0 215 Southern California Academy (Castaic, CA) USC
Dior Johnson PG 6’2 180 Southern California Academy (Castaic, CA) Oregon
Dereck Lively C 7’0 215 Westtown School (West Chester, PA) Duke
Dillon Mitchell SF 6’7 195 Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) Texas
Julian Phillips SF 6’9 210 Link Academy (Branson, MO) LSU
Malik Reneau PF 6’8 215 Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) Undecided
J.J Starling SG 6’4 170 La Lumiere Academy (La Porte, IN) Notre Dame
Dariq Whitehead SG 6’5 190 Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) Duke
Cameron Whitmore PF 6’7 220 Archbishop Spaulding H.S. (Severn, MD) Villanova
Coach: Luke Barnwell – Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, KS)
Coach: Rodney Perry – Link Academy (Branson, MO)
Coach: Dion Bethea – Gray Collegiate Academy (West Columbia, SC)
Home TeamName Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Adem Bona PF 6’9 225 Prolific Prep (Napa, CA) UCLA
Skyy Clark PG 6’2 185 Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) Illinois
Kam Craft SG 6’4 185 TSF Prep (Atlanta, GA) Xavier
Kyle Filipowski C 6’11 220 Wilbraham & Monson (Wilbraham, MA) Duke
Keyonte George SG 6’3 185 IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) Baylor
Chris Livingston SF 6’6 190 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) Kentucky
Brandon Miller PF 6’8 190 Cane Ridge H.S. (Antioch, TN) Alabama
Tarris Reed C 6’9 230 Link Academy (Branson, MO) Michigan
Ty Rodgers SF 6’6 210 Thornton Township (Harvey, IL) Illinois
Nick Smith SG 6’4 185 N. Little Rock H.S. (Little Rock, AR) Arkansas
Cason Wallace PG 6’2 185 Richardson H.S. (Richardson, TX) Kentucky
Jordan Walsh SF 6’7 195 Link Academy (Branson, MO) Arkansas
Kel’el Ware C 7’0 210 N. Little Rock H.S (Little Rock, AR) Oregon
Coach: Steve Smith – Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)
Coach: Davis Peavy – Duncanville H.S. (Duncanville, TX)
Coach: Jesse McMillian – Norcross H.S (Norcross, GA)
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.