NEW YORK, NY (April 21, 2007) – Corey Fisher (Elizabeth, NJ/Villanova) tallied 10 assists to set a new record for the Jordan Brand All-American Classic, presented by Foot Locker and Boost Mobile, as he led his Yellow Jerseys to the 127-119 victory at Madison Square Garden. Donte Greene (Towson, MD/Syracuse), who also won the dunk contest earlier in the week, led the Royal Jerseys with 20 points to share the MVP award with Fisher. This year's event was the first high school all-star game to be televised in High Definition, with a live national broadcast on ESPN2. The Jordan Brand All-American Classic also included a regional game, showcasing the top prep players from the New York City metropolitan area in a City vs. Suburbs showdown. Michael Glover (Seton Hall) and Nathaniel Lester (Hofstra) were named co-MVPs of the Regional Game as the City team prevailed. For the third straight year, a portion of the proceeds benefited the New York City-based charity, The Children's Aid Society.
The Jordan Brand All-American Team also includes Jerryd Bayless (Phoenix, AZ/Arizona), Nick Calathes (Winter Park, FL/Florida), Austin Freeman (Hyattsville, MD/Georgetown), Eric Gordon (Indianapolis, IN/North Central), Blake Griffin (Edmond, OK/Oklahoma), Gary Johnson (Houston, TX/Texas), Jeffrey Jordan (Wilmette, IL/Undecided), Kosta Koufos (Canton, OH/Ohio State), Jai Lucas (Houston, TX/Undecided), Kalin Lucas (Orchard Lake, MI/Michigan State), Chandler Parsons (Winter Park, FL/Florida), Patrick Patterson (Huntington, WV/Undecided), Jeff Robinson (Elizabeth, NJ/Memphis), Derrick Rose (Chicago, IL/Memphis), Kyle Singler (Medford, OR/Duke), Durrell Summers (Redford, MI/Michigan State), Chris Wright (Washington, DC/Georgetown) and Chris Wright (Trotwood, OH/Dayton).
The 2006 Jordan Brand All-American Classic was highlighted by a co-MVP performance from two of the NCAA’s top players this year, Kevin Durant from the University of Texas and Thaddeus Young from Georgia Tech. Young posted 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead his team to a 108-95 victory. Durant finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
“These Jordan Brand All-Americans continue to represent the future of basketball,” said Larry Miller, President of Jordan Brand. “The game featured the best players in the country at the World’s Most Famous Arena and benefited a great cause in the Children’s Aid Society.”
Sponsored by Jordan Brand, the event is also annually attended by some of sport and entertainment’s biggest stars, who have included Michael Jordan, Spike Lee, LL Cool J, Warren Sapp, Terrell Owens, Floyd Mayweather, Kanye West, Ahmad Rashad, Al Harrington and Vince Carter. Atlanta-based rap sensation, T.I., performed at the 2006 All-American game.
Recent Jordan Brand All-Americans have included NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul as well as current NCAA standouts Durant, Young, Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), Brandan Wright (North Carolina), Corey Brewer (Florida), D.J. White (Indiana) and Spencer Hawes (Washington).
In addition to the game, the Jordan Brand All-Americans have a number of special events around New York City. This year’s players held an autograph session at a local Foot Locker with artists Jim Jones and Trey Songz, appeared on BET's 106 & Park, participated in the Boost Mobile Jordan Brand Celebrity Showcase slam dunk, three-point and celebrity game, visited historic Rucker Park, toured ESPN studios in Bristol, CT and attended an intimate awards dinner where they received their All-American rings from filmmaker Spike Lee and NBA star Chris Paul.
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