The future of college basketball was on display Friday night at Barclays Center, as the West defeated the East 124-116 in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York.
Brian Bowen (East) and Lonnie Walker (West) finished as co-MVPs, and it wasn’t hard to see why.
Bowen—who is still not committed—filled it up with 26 points (10-of-13 shooting) as he looked poised and confident creating from a variety of spots, according to DraftExpress’ Mike Schmitz.
The Arizona Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans are the most notable squads chasing Bowen, per Scout, but the Creighton Bluejays, NC State Wolfpack and Texas Longhorns remain in the mix for his sharpshooting services.
Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi noted those programs are likely salivating based on the way Bowen performed Friday.
Sports Illustrated‘s Luke Winn, meanwhile, cited one of those schools as the most logical fit for Bowen’s tantalizing skill set.
Then there was Walker, who finished with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting, according to the Palm Beach Post‘s Matt Porter.
Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman and ESPN.com’s Jeff Borzello were among those bullish on Walker’s evening and his upside once he arrives at the University of Miami.
ESPN’s Phil Murphy later posted video of Walker receiving his new hardware from New York Knicks forward and Jordan brand ambassador Carmelo Anthony.
Then there was big man Mitchell Robinson, who made sure the buzz surrounding big men in the class of 2017 continued to build.
The Western Kentucky commit was active early and often, and he repeatedly skied above the rim for some big-time slams.
According to Wasserman, Robinson is in line for a monster freshman campaign because of a combination of factors working in his favor.
Speaking of bigs who did work down low, Mohamed Bamba built on his performance in the McDonald’s All-American Game with another standout performance that showcased his length and explosiveness.
SLAM High School Hoops on Twitter relayed video of Bamba’s biggest slam, which came at the expense of teammate Collin Sexton.
Bamba, who has yet to announce where he’ll lace up his kicks next year, is still considering Texas, Duke, Michigan and Kentucky, according to Scout.com.
With exhibition season now over, the focus will turn to the likes of Bamba and Bowen—both of whom still need to decide where they are playing in college.