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February 2, 2007NEW YORK, NY -- Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, Inc., recently announced today Eric Gordon (North Central, Indianapolis, IN/Indiana) headlines 20 of the nation's top high school senior basketball players at the 2007 Jordan Brand All-American Classic, presented by Foot Locker and Boost Mobile, at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 21st. This year's event will be televised nationally live on ESPN2.
The Jordan Brand All-American Classic will also continue to include a regional game, showcasing the top prep players from the New York City metropolitan area in a City vs. Suburbs showdown. A portion of the proceeds will once again benefit the New York City-based charity, The Children's Aid Society.
On ESPN2 on Thursday night, Gordon scored 43 points as his regionally ranked North Central team routed FAB 50 No. 24 Loyola (Wilmette, IL), 88-47. Another Jordan Brand All-American, Jeffrey Jordan, played for Loyola Academy. Jordan, of course, is the son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, who was in attendance at the nationally televised game.
Loyola Academy's 41-point loss was its first after 20 consecutive wins to open the season. The visitors from Illinois were no match for North Central as Gordon has been on a tear as of late. Gordon scored 28 points on 11 of 16 shooting in the first half and outscored the enite Loyola Academy team as North Central (10-3) led, 50-27. In total, he made 17 of 25 shots in effortless fashion and just last week Gordon tied his career-high with a 50-point performance.
In addition to Gordon, the Jordan Brand All-American Team also includes Jerryd Bayless (St. Mary's Phoenix, AZ/Arizona), Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep, Fitchburg, MA/Kansas State), Nick Calathes (Lake Howell, Winter Park, FL/Florida), Corey Fisher (St. Patrick, Elizabeth, NJ/Villanova), Austin Freeman (DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, MD/Georgetown), Donte Greene (Towson Catholic ,Towson, MD/Syracuse), Blake Griffin (Edmond, OK/Oklahoma), Gary Johnson (Aldine, Houston, TX/Texas), Jordan (Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL/Undecided), Kosta Koufos (Glen Oaks, Canton, OH/Ohio State), Jai Lucas (Bellaire, Houston, TX/Undecided), Chandler Parsons (Lake Howell, Winter Park, FL/Florida), Patrick Patterson (Huntington, WV/Undecided), Kyle Singler (Medford, OR/Duke), Durrell Summers (Covenant, Redford, MI/Michigan State) and Chris Wright (St. Johns College, Washington, DC/Georgetown) and Chris Wright (Trotwood-Madison, Trotwood, OH/Dayton).
The 2006 Jordan Brand All-American Classic was highlighted by a co-MVP performance from two of the NCAA's top freshman 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 will again feature the best players in the country at the World's Most Famous Arena and benefit 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. Last year's players held an autograph session at a local Foot Locker with artists Fat Joe and Trey Songz, participated in a basketball clinic at the Children's Aid Society's Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem for over 100 New York City kids, visited Ground Zero, toured BET's studios and attended an intimate awards dinner with Michael Jordan where they received their All-American rings.
This year's event doubleheader will begin with the Regional Game at 6:30 p.m., followed by the All-American Game at 9:00 p.m. The regional rosters will be announced in early March.
Tickets are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the Madison Square Garden box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 212-307-7171. For more information, please visit the official web site, JordanAllAmericanClassic.com.