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Friday / April 12.
  • Jordan Brand Classic set for Friday in Chicago

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    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

    Media is invited to apply for credentials to media day, as well as both the Boys’ and Girls’ All-American games, at:

    2022 Jordan Brand National Boys Team

    Alphabetical Roster

    Away Team

    Name                                  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 Team

    Name                                  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)

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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.

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