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Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving Named Co-MVPs of the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic

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North Carolina-bound Harrison Barnes (Ames High School/Ames, IA) earned co-Most Valuable Player honors tonight at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, as he finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead the White Jerseys to the 129-125 victory over the Black Jerseys at the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic, presented by Foot Locker. Harrison Barnes was joined by co-MVP Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick High School/West Orange, NJ/Duke) who had 22 points, seven assists and four rebounds for the Black Jerseys.

Sponsored by Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!nke/quotes/nls/nke (NKE 75.17, -0.47, -0.62%) , the event was once again attended by some of sport and entertainment’s biggest stars including Chris Paul, Jadakiss, DJ Clue, Mario, MC Lyte, Lee England Jr., DJ Clark Kent, Skyzoo and Alex Thomas. Multi-platinum recording artist and actor Common headlined the halftime musical performance while R&B artist and songwriter Marsha Ambrosius performed the National Anthem.

Other statistical standouts included Josh Selby (Lake Clifton High School/Baltimore, MD/Kansas) with 21 points, Cory Joseph (Findlay Prep/Ontario, Canada/Undecided) with seven assists, Tristan Thompson (Findlay Prep/Ontario, Canada/Texas) with 13 rebounds and Jared Sullinger (Northland High School/Columbus, OH/Ohio State) with four blocks.

A highlight of the evening was college announcements in front of the Madison Square Garden crowd and national ESPN television audience from Josh Selby (Baltimore, MD) who committed to Kansas and New York City native Doron Lamb (Mouth of Wilson, VA), who announced that he will be attending Kentucky in the fall.

“This year’s Jordan Brand Classic marked another successful showcase of the top high school basketball players from all corners of the world and exciting musical entertainment,” said Keith Houlemard, President of Jordan Brand. “Madison Square Garden has hosted so many great legendary moments in the history of basketball and we are proud to use it as a platform to introduce the next stars of the game.”

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Other players on the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic Team include Will Barton (Wolfeboro, NH/Memphis), Reggie Bullock (Kinston, NC/North Carolina), Tobias Harris (Dix Hills, NY/Tennessee), Perry Jones (Duncanville, TX/Baylor), Terrence Jones (Portland, OR/Undecided), Jelan Kendrick (Marietta, GA/Memphis), Brandon Knight (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Kentucky), C.J. Leslie (Raleigh, NC/Undecided), Kendall Marshall (Arlington, VA/North Carolina), Joshua Smith (Covington, WA/UCLA), Roscoe Smith (Mouth of Wilson, VA/Connecticut), DeShaun Thomas (Fort Wayne, IN/Ohio State) and Dion Waiters (Philadelphia, PA/Syracuse).

Previous Jordan Brand Classic MVPs have included Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech) and Renardo Sidney (Mississippi State) in 2009, Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) and Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings) in 2008, Donte Greene (Sacramento Kings) and Corey Fisher (Villanova) in 2007, Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers) in 2006, Tyler Hansbrough (Indiana Pacers) and Andray Blatche (Washington Wizards) in 2005, Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) in 2004, LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Shannon Brown (Los Angeles Lakers) in 2003, and Amar’e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) and Sean May (Sacramento Kings) in 2002.

The Jordan Brand Classic is an annual showcase of the top high school basketball players in the country, throughout the New York City region and internationally. The evening began with the Regional Game, as the Suburban All-Stars defeated the City All-Stars 137-133, led by co-Most Valuable Player Derrick Williams (St. Anthony High School/Jersey City, NJ/Richmond) with 19 points. He was joined by co-MVP Ryan Rhoomes (Cardozo High School/Bayside, NY/Undecided) who had 26 points and 10 rebounds. The third annual International game was highlighted by Malik Muller (Germany) with 21 points and five rebounds and Duane Notice (Canada) with 23 points and eight rebounds.

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15-Year Old Canadian Laeticia Amihere Throws Down Hard One-hander

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Laeticia Amihere One Hand Dunk

The game is changing across Canada…

In a basketball first, 15-year old Laeticia Amihere became the first Canadian high school basketball to dunk in a basketball game.
In over 15 years of covering Canadian basketball I can’t recall a Canadian female attempt a dunk, rather completing one with oomph in game. The dunk has the Internets buzzing with Amihere’s name already being tossed around as potential No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA.

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Canada’s Finest: Lindell Wigginton

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Canada’s Finest: Lindell Wigginton

2017 Canadian Guard Lindell Wiggington from Nova Scotia is Canada’s next rising star.

Balling out of the famous Oak Hill Academy academy program that is synonymous with NBA development, Wigginton has been on tear solidify his name and game.

Wiggington a 6’1, 180lbs point guard has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones commit and is the first Canadian Basketball player to attend Oakhill academy.

 

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Cliche put to rest – Canada’s Orangeville Prep develop two lottery NBA players

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Basketball… So many thoughts come to one’s mind after hearing that noun. The game has made us judge, argue, hate and even fight. Yet we still love this game and wouldn’t change it for the world. Yes there are cons, but the pros outweighs the cons by far. The game of basketball has turned nightmares to fairytales for many! It has helped people put racial tension aside, it’s brought life and hope to millions of families and overall it has impacted the world in a fascinating fashion. Since its existence in 1891 it seems as though the game has never seized to keep growing. From a sport that was just known in North America for most of the 20th century, Basketball is now ranked as the third most popular sport in the world trailing only cricket and soccer.

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1992 USA Gold Medal Olympic Team – The “Dream Team”

The number of youth playing basketball worldwide has seen some record breaking numbers the past few decades; it’s fair to say that most of these kids have one common dream – to play in the most popular basketball league in the world the ‘National Basketball Association’. Many may ask when did making it to the NBA become such a world-wide dream? It happened in the summer of 1992, the first year that the Olympic committee allowed active NBA players to part-take in the America basketball team.

This team would go on to be known as the ‘Dream Team’ and to many sports writers the greatest team in all of sports. The Dream Team featured NBA legends such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and many other NBA greats. They won by an average of 44 points. But their greatest accomplishment was not destroying teams and winning the gold. It was showcasing the essence of pure basketball talent and the NBA. Making it the first time for practically all international countries to see what the NBA was and is all about. Many great international players such as Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and many others credit the Dream Team for allowing the NBA to become more international.

Today the NBA has over 80 international players from over 40 countries. This has made in sort for more and more high schools and prep schools around the world to construct great basketball programs for their schools. Leaving plenty high schoolers with the dream of making it to make the NBA. Despite high school student’s 0.3% chances of fulfilling their childhood basketball dreams High schools and prep schools have still done a phenomenal job in building amazing basketball programs world-wide. When people think of great high school and prep school basketball programs there are few teams that come to mind right away. Such as Oak Hill Academy who’s produced 27 NBA players, DeWitt Clinton who produced 19 NBA players, Dematha Catholic who’s produced 14, Laurinburg Institute 12. The list goes on but these four notable high schools and prep schools have developed the most NBA players. That is not to say that there aren’t many other great basketball programs. However, there has been a cliché amongst the youth that only schools in America can develop NBA players.

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That cliché was recently put to rest after two players who came out of Canada’s Orangeville Prep got selected in the 2016 NBA Draft! Kitchener, Ontario’s own Jamal Murray who was picked at #7 by the Denver Nuggets and Sudanese/Australian and adopted Canadian Thon Makur who was picked at #10 by the Milwaukee Bucks. Orangeville District Secondary School’s mission is “to provide exceptional educational opportunities as well as state of the art basketball facility and development for high school student athletes looking to make their passion for basketball a reality at the next level.” They’ve done a tremendous job of that and should be proud.

BasketballBuzz took the time to interview both Murray and Makur head coach at Orangeville Prep Larry Blunt who recently coached the Oshawa Power in the NBL Canada and who coached at the NCAA level for eight years.

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Orangeville Prep Head Coach Larry Blunt

BB: Coach can you tell us your thoughts on seeing two of your old boys Murray & Makur get drafted to the NBA?

LB: I think it’s exciting when you get an opportunity to see things work out for the boys. This gives us the opportunity to hopefully replicate it

BB : You seen the two come in as boys and transformed into men, how has that process been like?

LB: That process has been great. I think we can see it especially with Thon in the way he transformed his body. And with both of them you can see great transition they made emotionally and every other part of their game.

BB: How have you managed to keep your team so relevant with all the powerhouse teams you guys play in the states?

LB: Our guys play with a chip on their shoulders. Knowing that they need to go get the respect from their peers. We’ve been getting great feedbacks especially the last two years with Makur & Murray success. We touched success at not only the NBA but also the division 1 level which has been great.

BB : What has been the toughest challenge for your boys?

LB: Everything has been tough. Nothing is given here, I think the getting to practice at 3 or 4 then having to go to class has prepared them well. No favour is giving, kids have to fight, they do not have it easy and had to work for everything they had.

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Thon Maker & Jamal Murray – Orangeville Prep

BB: What can we expect from Murray and Makur in the NBA?

LB: I think both of their game will translate well into the NBA. Especially with the new NBA, Thon can take advantage of the space with his shots. Especially with the new rule to get your hands off guys. Jamal Murray is a traditional point guard. I don’t think the world seen Jamal Murray in the global games and Nike tournaments where he ran a team. I think that is a skill set that the world will see. They also both possess a great work ethic.

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