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CHARLOTTE,NC (news release) -- Following in the shoes of Jordan Brand Classic alumni Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin, the next generation of basketball’s brightest stars will take the floor in the 11th annual Jordan Brand Classic at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Saturday, April 14th. The Jordan Brand Classic will be nationally televised live on ESPN.

Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., announced the rosters today, which features the top seven members of ESPNUs 100 players – No.1 Nerlens Noel (Tilton, NH/Undecided), No. 2 Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, NV/Undecided), No. 3 Isaiah Austin (Arlington, TX/Baylor), No. 4 Kyle Anderson (Jersey City, NJ/UCLA), No. 5 Kaleb Tarczewski (Southborough, MA/Arizona), No. 6 Steven Adams (New Zealand/Pittsburgh) and No. 7 Anthony Bennett (Henderson, NV/Undecided).

The Jordan Brand Classic event will also include a Regional Game, showcasing the top prep players from the state of North Carolina in an East vs. West showdown and the fifth annual International Game featuring 16 of the top 17-and-under players from around the world. Two of the top five picks in last year’s NBA Draft included International game alums Enes Kanter (Turkey) and Jonas Valančiūnas (Lithuania).

The tripleheader will begin with the International Game at 2:30 PM followed by the Regional Game at 4:30 PM, and the All-American Game at 7:00 PM. The International and regional rosters will be announced at a later date.

“For over 10 years, the Jordan Brand Classic has featured some of the game’s greatest players and intense action,” said Keith Houlemard, President of Jordan Brand. “We are thrilled once again to host these incredible players at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena and in front of millions of people tuning in on ESPN.”

Additional selectees for this year’s event include Brandon Ashley (Henderson, NV/Arizona), Kris Dunn (New London, CT/Providence), Archie Goodwin (Little Rock, AR/Kentucky), Jerami Grant (Hyattsville, MD/Syracuse), Gary Harris (Fishers, IN/Michigan State), Danuel House (Houston, TX/Houston), Grant Jerrett (La Verne, CA/Arizona), Brice Johnson (Cordova, SC/North Carolina), Ricardo Ledo (South Kent, CT/Providence), Marcus Paige (Marion, IA/North Carolina), Tony Parker (Lithonia, GA/Undecided), Alex Poythress (Clarksville, TN/Kentucky), Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, NC/N.C. State), Rasheed Sulaimon (Houston, TX/Duke) and J.P. Tokoto (Milwaukee, WI/North Carolina).

Tickets for the Jordan Brand Classic are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the Time Warner Cable box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit the official web site, www.JordanBrandClassic.com or follow the JBC on Twitter @JordanClassic.
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2012 Jordan Brand All-American Team
Alphabetical Roster

East Team (Home)

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Kyle Anderson PF 6-8 210 St. Anthony H.S. (Jersey City, NJ) UCLA
Kris Dunn PG 6-3 180 New London H.S. (New London, CT) Providence
Jerami Grant WF 6-7 200 DeMatha Catholic H.S. (Hyattsville, MD) Syracuse
Gary Harris WG 6-4 195 Hamilton Southeastern H.S. (Fishers, IN) Michigan State
Brice Johnson PF 6-9 210 Edisto H.S. (Cordova, SC) North Carolina
Ricardo Ledo WG 6-6 180 South Kent School (South Kent, CT) Providence
Nerlens Noel C 6-10 215 Tilton School (Tilton, NH) Undecided
Tony Parker C 6-9 270 Miller Grove H.S. (Lithonia, GA) Undecided
Rodney Purvis PG 6-4 190 Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC) N.C. State
Kaleb Tarczewski C 7-0 240 St. Mark’s School (Southborough, MA) Arizona
J.P. Tokoto WF 6-6 195 Menomonee Falls H.S. (Milwaukee, WI) North Carolina

Coach: Joe Arbitello (Christ the King High School/Middle Village, NY)
Asst. Coach: Sharman White (Miller Grove High School/Lithonia, GA)
Asst. Coach: Paul Edwards (Southwind High School/Memphis, TN)

West Team (Away)

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Steven Adams C 6-11 235 Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA/New Zealand) Pittsburgh
Brandon Ashley PF 6-8 215 Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) Arizona
Isaiah Austin C 7-0 210 Grace Prep (Arlington, TX) Baylor
Anthony Bennett PF 6-8 230 Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) Undecided
Archie Goodwin WG 6-5 181 Sylvan Hills H.S. (Little Rock, AR) Kentucky
Danuel House WF 6-6 185 Hightower H.S. (Houston, TX) Houston
Grant Jerrett WF 6-10 220 La Verne Lutheran H.S. (La Verne, CA) Arizona
Shabazz Muhammad WF 6-6 215 Bishop Gorman H.S. (Las Vegas, NV) Undecided
Marcus Paige PG 6-1 160 Linn-Mar H.S. (Marion, IA) North Carolina
Alex Poythress WF 6-7 215 Northeast H.S. (Clarksville, TN) Kentucky
Rasheed Sulaimon WG 6-3 175 Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston, TX) Duke

Coach: Gary McKnight (Mater Dei High School/Santa Ana, CA)
Asst. Coach: Wayne Jones (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, TX)
Asst. Coach: Grant Rice (Bishop Gorman High School/Las Vegas, NV)

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CHARLOTTE, NC (February 23, 2012) – Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., announced today the rosters for the Jordan Brand Classic’s Regional Game. The Regional Game will feature the top prep players from the state of North Carolina. The Jordan Brand Classic will take place at Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday, April 14th.

Once again the Regional Game will consist of a highly talented roster as many of the players will head to top college programs across the country this fall to play basketball – including regional schools NC State, Charlotte, Wake Forest, UNC Asheville, and Clemson.

The East Team will include Kadeem Allen (New Hanover/Wilmington, NC/Undecided), Jerome Hairston (Christ School/ Roanoke, VA /Towson), Montrezl Harrell (Hargrave Military Academy/ Tarboro, NC /Virginia Tech), Terry Henderson (Neuse Christian academy/Raleigh, NC/West Virginia), Sam Hughes (Greenfield School/ Battleboro, NC/UNC Asheville), Denzel Ingram (Chapel Hill/Chapel Hill, NC/Undecided), Madison Jones (Ravenscroft/Raleigh, NC/Undecided),Codi Miller-McIntyre (Hargrave Military Academy/ Charlotte, NC/Wake Forest), Aaron Rountree (Greenfield School/Wilson, NC/Wake Forest), Aaron Scales (American Basketball Institute/ Kernersville, NC/Undecided). The East Team will be coached by Scott McInness (Millbrook/Raleigh, NC) and Kirk Angel (New Hanover/Wilmington, NC).

The West Team will feature Brandon Bolden (Quality Education Academy/ Sumter, SC/Georgetown), Montay Brandon (Wesleyan Academy/ Greensboro, NC/Florida State), Mike Brown (West Charlotte/Charlotte, NC/Western Carolina), Rashun Davis (Davidson Day/ Charlotte, NC/Radford), C.J. Ford (Westover/Fayetteville, NC/Murray State), Dajuan Graf (Berry Academy/Charlotte, NC/Florida Gulf Coast), Jarvis Haywood (Harding University/Charlotte, NC/Jacksonville), Peter Jurkin (United Faith Christian Academy/Charlotte, NC/Indiana), Shawn Lester (Mooresville/Mooresville, NC/Charlotte), Josh Smith (Olympic/Charlotte, NC/Clemson). The West Team will be coached by Freddy Johnson (Greensboro Day/Greensboro, NC) who recently set the all-time North Carolina record for wins with 822 victories during his 35 seasons at Greensboro Day. He will be assisted by Baronton Terry (West Charlotte/Charlotte, NC).

The All-American Game of the Jordan Brand Classic will include many of the top-ranked ESPNU 100 prospects including Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, NV/Undecided), Isaiah Austin (Arlington, TX/Baylor), Kyle Anderson (Fairview, NJ/UCLA) and Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, NH/Arizona).

Continuing to prove to be a the stage of NEXT vs. NEXT, the Jordan Brand Classic alumni roster boasts some of basketball’s most recognizable names, including Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose.

This year’s tripleheader will begin with the International Game at 2:30 p.m. followed by the North Carolina Regional Game at 4:30 p.m., and the All-American Game at 7:00 p.m. The All-American rosters can be found on www.JordanBrandClassic.com.

Tickets for the Jordan Brand Classic are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the Time Warner Cable box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, please visit the official web site, www.JordanBrandClassic.com or follow the JBC on Twitter @JordanClassic and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/Jordanbrandclassic.

About Jordan Brand
Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., is a premium brand of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the dynamic legacy, vision and direct involvement of Michael Jordan. The brand made its debut in 1997 and has grown into a complete collection of sport performance and lifestyle product. The Jordan Brand remains active in the community through its new corporate responsibility program WINGS for the Future, focusing on three unique community programs emphasizing Education, Sport and Creativity. For more information on Jordan Brand, visit www.Jumpman23.com.

2012 Jordan Brand Regional Game
Alphabetical Roster
East Team (Home)

# Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
5 Kadeem Allen SG 6-3 170 New Hanover H.S. (Wilmington, NC) Undecided
1 Jerome Hairston PG 6-2 175 Christ School (Arden, NC) Towson
24 Montrezl Harrell PF 6-7 215 Hargrave Academy (Chatham, VA) Virginia Tech
25 Terry Henderson SG 6-4 175 Neuse Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC) West Virginia
31 Sam Hughes SG 6-5 205 Greenfield School (Wilson, NC) UNC-Asheville
11 Denzel Ingram PG 5-10 160 Chapel Hill H.S. (Chapel Hill, NC) Undecided
12 Madison Jones PG 6-1 165 Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, NC) Undecided
10 Codi Miller-Mclntyre PG 6-2 170 Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA) Wake Forest
33 Aaron Rountree SF 6-8 190 Greenfield School (Wilson, NC) Wake Forest
42 Aaron Scales C 6-9 260 American Basketball Inst. (Charlotte, NC) Undecided

Coach: Scott Mclnnes (Millbrook H.S.)
Coach: Kirk Angel (New Hanover H.S.)

West Team (Away)

# Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
32 Brandon Bolden PF 6-8 185 Q.E. Academy (Winston-Salem, NC) Georgetown
5 Montay Brandon SG 6-5 190 Wesleyan Academy (High Point, NC) Florida State
6 Mike Brown SG 6-3 170 West Charlotte H.S. (Charlotte, NC) Western Carolina
10 Rashun Davis PG 6-1 160 Davidson Day School (Davidson, NC) Radford
23 CJ Ford PG 6-1 180 Westover H.S. (Fayetteville, NC) Murray State
11 Dajuan Graf PG 6-2 170 Berry Academy (Charlotte, NC) Florida G.C.
4 Jarvis Haywood SG 6-4 175 Harding H.S. (Charlotte, NC) Jacksonville
42 Peter Jurkin C 7-0 220 United Faith Christian (Charlotte, NC) Indiana
3 Shawn Lester SF 6-3 175 Mooresville H.S. (Mooresville, NC) UNC-Charlotte
33 Josh Smith C 6-7 240 Olympic H.S. (Charlotte, NC) Clemson

Coach: Freddy Johnson (Greensboro Day)
Coach: Baronton Terry (West Charlotte H.S.)

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