Earlier this month the country’s top recruits in the Class of 2014 showcased their skills in Chicago for the McDonald’s All American Game. The incoming freshmen class was on the national stage once again this past Friday night at the Jordan Brand Classic inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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The East topped the West, 158-147, in a typical All-Star game shootout. Earning the MVP honors for the winning team was Duke commit Jahlil Okafor, the top recruit in the class per Rivals. The 6-foot-10 center scored 29 points off 13-for-17 from the field while grabbing nine boards. Okafor was also the MVP at the McDonald’s All American Game.
His Chicago counterpart, Cliff Alexander, the future Kansas Jayhawk, scored 23 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked five shots.
Friday night’s game was the highest-scoring contest in the history of the Jordan Brand Classic.
Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.
The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.
Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.
Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.
Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.
Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.