Derrick Favors Leads Black Jerseys to Victory and Earns Co-Most Valuable Player Honors in 2009 Jordan Brand Classic
NEW YORK, NY (April 18, 2009) – Georgia Tech-bound Derrick Favors (South Atlanta High School/Atlanta, GA) earned co-Most Valuable Player honors tonight on basketball’s biggest stage, Madison Square Garden, as he finished with 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Black Jerseys to the 110-103 victory over the White Jerseys at the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic, presented by Foot Locker. Favors was joined by co-MVP Renardo Sidney (Fairfax High School/Los Angeles, CA/Southern California) who had 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
Sponsored by Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., the event was once again attended by some of sport and entertainment’s biggest stars including Michael Jordan, Spike Lee, Kevin Durant, CC Sabathia, Fat Joe, Funkmaster Flex, Estelle, Kevin Liles, Allan Houston, Melanie Fiona, Irv Gotti and DJ Augustin. SRC Universal Motown artist Akon headlined the musical performance.
Other statistical standouts included Wally Judge (Arlington Country Day/Jacksonville, FL/Kansas State) with 18 points, John Wall (Word of God/Raleigh, NC/Undecided) with six assists, Daniel Orton (Bishop McGuinness High School/Oklahoma City, OK/Kentucky) with nine rebounds and John Henson (Sickles High School/Tampa, FL/North Carolina) with four blocks.
“This was another exciting year for the Jordan Brand Classic,” said Keith Houlemard, President of Jordan Brand. “Once again the world’s most famous arena showcased the best basketball talent from around the world, featured an incredible performance from Akon and entertained a star-studded crowd.”
Other players on the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic Team include Kenny Boynton (Plantation, FL/Florida), Avery Bradley (Henderson, NV/Texas), Dominic Cheek (Jersey City, NJ/Villanova), DeMarcus Cousins (Mobile, AL/Kentucky), Abdul Gaddy (Tacoma, WA/Washington), Keith Gallon (Mouth of Wilson, VA/Oklahoma), Jordan Hamilton (Compton, CA/Texas), Xavier Henry (Oklahoma City, OK/Undecided), Ryan Kelly (Raleigh, NC/Duke), Lamont Jones (Mouth of Wilson, VA/Virginia Tech), Marcus Jordan (Chicago, IL/Central Florida), Tommy Mason-Griffin (Houston, TX/Oklahoma), Alex Oriakhi (Tilton, NH/UConn), Mason Plumlee (Arden, NC/Duke), Durand Scott (New York, NY/Miami-FL), Royce White (Minnetonka, MN/Minnesota), Jamil Wilson (Racine, WI/Oregon) and Mouphtauo Yarou (Rockville, MD/Villanova).
Recent Jordan Brand Classic MVPs have included Brandon Jennings (Italy) and Tyreke Evans (Memphis) 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 (North Carolina) 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 (Charlotte Bobcats) 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 second annual International game, led by Luka Rupnik (Slovenia) with 27 points and seven rebounds. In the Regional Game, the City All-Stars defeated the Suburban All-Stars 129-120, led by co-Most Valuable Player Russell Smith (Archbishop Molloy High School/Briarwood, NY/Undecided) with 27 points. Smith was joined by co-MVP Brandon Triche (Jamesville-DeWitt High School/DeWitt, NY/Syracuse) who had 33 points and four rebounds.
A portion of the proceeds from tonight’s event benefited New York-based charity, Children’s Aid Society.
Live webcasts of the Regional and International games, produced by the High School Basketball Network, are also available at www.JordanBrandClassic.TV.