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The 12th Annual Jordan Brand Classic will take place this Friday, April 13 in Brooklyn at the Barclay’s Center on ESPN 2 at 8:00PM EST.

The game, which has steadily built a brand of its own, trailing only behind the McDonald’s All-American Game as the premiere high school All-Star game in the country, has a alumni trail just as talented.

Here’s a rundown of some of the top names since the games inception in 2002:

Year Player High School College choice
2002 Amar’e Stoudemire Cypress Creek HS (FL) None
2003 LeBron   James St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (OH) None
2004 Dwight   Howard Southwest Atlanta Christian   Academy (GA) None
2005 Tyler   Hansbrough Poplar Bluff HS (MO) North Carolina
2006 Kevin   Durant Montrose Christian School (MD) Texas
2008 Brandon   Jennings Oak Hill Academy (VA) None
2008 Tyreke   Evans American Christian Academy (PA) Memphis
2009 Derrick   Favors South Atlanta HS (GA) Georgia Tech
2010 Harrison   Barnes Ames HS (IA) North Carolina
2010 Kyrie   Irving St. Patrick HS (NJ) Duke
2011 Anthony Davis Perspectives Charter (IL) Kentucky
2012 Shabazz   Muhammad Bishop Gorman Las Vegas|(NV) UCLA

Here’s the current East roster per JordanBrandClassic.com, which features 3 Kentucky signees including both Harrison Twins and Julius Randle, along with current target Andrew Wiggins:

Tyler Ennis

6-2 • 180 • Guard • St. Benedict’s Prep • Newark, NJ   • Hometown: Brampton, Ont., CAN • College: Syracuse

Ennis, the Ontario native, has helped lead St. Benedict’s to be one of the top teams in the country.  The reigning New Jersey Gatorade Player of The Year knows how to control his team and the flow of a game.  Ennis is the next in a long line of talented guards from Canada. He is a member of Canada’s U-19 Men’s National Team and is headed to Syracuse University in the fall.
Aaron   Harrison

6-5 • 205 • Guard • Travis H.S. • Ft. Bend, TX   • Hometown: Richmond, TX • College: Kentucky

Harrison is considered one of top shooting guard prospects in the 2013 class. Aaron and twin brother Andrew guided Travis H.S. to 2011-12 Texas 5A State Championship game. He was named to the Preseason ALL-USA Team and in January was selected to the 2013 USA Junior National Select Team competing in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit.  Harrison leads a highly anticipated group that will be suiting up for Kentucky next season.
Andrew Harrison

6-5 • 210 • Guard • Travis H.S. • Ft. Bend, TX Hometown: Richmond, TX • College: Kentucky

Arguably one of the top point guards in this year’s class, Harrison has tremendous size and strength and uses it to his advantage when on the floor. Harrison rebounds well and can guard all three perimeter positions without a problem. He was named to the Preseason All-USA Team. His twin brother, Aaron, will join him in the backcourt when the two play for the University of Kentucky next season.
Kuran Iverson

6-8 • 200 • Forward • Fishburne Military School • Waynesboro, VA   • Hometown: Windsor, CT • College: Memphis

Iverson is an incredibly gifted athlete that has the ability to play four positions on the floor. He can score inside or out, off the dribble or on the catch. Iverson has great agility and is a constant matchup problem for opponents. His potential is unlimited and he will take his talents to the University of Memphis next season.
Rondae Jefferson

6-7 • 215 • Forward • Chester H.S. • Chester, PA   • Hometown: Chester, PA • College: Arizona

The Chester, PA product led Chester H.S. to state championships his sophomore and junior years and is the reigning Delaware County Player of the Year.  Jefferson was a member of USA Basketball’s U-17 squad that competed in the World Championships in Lithuania last summer. He is a versatile and physical player that will be one to watch next season at Arizona.
Kennedy Meeks

6-9 • 275 • Center • West Charlotte H.S. • Charlotte, NC   • Hometown: Charlotte, NC • College: North Carolina

Meeks is one of the top big men in the class of 2013. He possesses a very soft touch and passing ability often not seen in a player his size. Meeks has participated in the LeBron James Skills Academy and played for Team United in the Nike EYBL. Meeks is very coachable which is good news for Roy Williams and the University of North Carolina.
Bobby Portis

6-9 • 225 • Forward • Hall H.S. • Little Rock, AR   • Hometown: Little Rock, AR • College: Arkansas

The future Arkansas Razorback is already a familiar name across the state of Arkansas having guided Hall High School to three straight state championships heading into his senior year. Portis has been selected to play for USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. He is a threat both inside and out and has the ability to be a great rebounder as well.
Julius Randle

6-9 • 225 • Forward • Prestonwood Christian Academy • Dallas, TX   • Hometown: Dallas, TX • College: Kentucky

One of the top rated power forwards in the class of 2013, Randle will play for the USA Junior National Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. He also previously represented USAB at the 2012 FIBA Americas U-18 Championships this past summer where he won gold after averaging 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  Randle is an amazing combination of athleticism and size that often allows him to dominate a game. He is undecided on his college decision.
Wayne Selden

6-5 • 220 • Guard • The Tilton School • Tilton, NH   • Hometown: Boston, MA • College: Kansas

Selden has been referred to as a “power” wing due to his physique and relentlessness when he attacks the basket. Hailing from the same school that produced 2012 Jordan Brand Classic alum Nerlens Noel, Selden also played for the storied BABC in the Nike EYBL. Seldon is great in transition and a naturally good passer. He will be playing for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks next year.
Chris Walker

6-10 • 195 • Center • Holmes County H.S. • Bonifay, FL   • Hometown: Bonifay, FL • College: Florida

Walker is an athletic big man that has been referred to as a highlight waiting to happen.  He participated in the Amar’e Stoudemire and LeBron James Skill’s Academies this past summer, while also playing with future University of Florida teammate Kasey Hill on the same summer team. Walker is a solid defender and shot blocker both on and off the ball. Offensively he can score with his back to the basket or on the face up.
Andrew Wiggins

6-7 • 205 • Wing • Huntington Prep • Huntington, WV   • Hometown: Thornhill, Ont., CAN • College: Undecided

Wiggins, a native of Canada, reclassified to the class of 2013 back in the fall and immediately jumped to the top of the rankings in the class. Wiggins has an immeasurable skill set and athleticism. He can play three positions on the floor and physically is ready for the next level. Wiggins has led Huntington Prep and the Nike EYBL’s CIA Bounce to being two of the most elite programs in the country.  He is undecided on his college decision.

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