West Coasters Invade Capitol Classic

Some west coast players fared well at last week's Jordan Brand Capitol Classic All-Star event, including Brandon Bowman, Evan Burns, Chris Rodgers and most recent Arizona commit, Andre Iguodala...

The 29th Annual Jordan Brand Capitol Classic was held last Thursday at the MCI Center in Washington D.C.

This Nike-sponsored event consisted of a double-header, featuring Washington D.C.-area all-stars versus a select, regional all-star team from around the United States in the first game. The second contest matched elite-level national all-stars on both squads.

Brandon Bowman, 6-7 SR SF, Los Angeles Westchester, was the one west coast representative in the preliminary game. Bowman was interestingly a member of the regional all-star team, ostensibly due to his signing with Georgetown. He turned in a fine performance with 17 points (7 of 10 shooting, including 3 of 3 from 3-point) and 6 rebounds. His Regional All-stars defeated the Capitol All-Stars, 119-97.

Co-MVPs in the first game were 6-2 Robert Hite of Winton Woods High in Cincinnati, Ohio and 6-7 Nick George of Montrose Christian High in Rockville, Md. Hite, who has committed to Miami, had 15 points and five boards while George, who is undecided, put up18 points and 6 rebounds.

The main event included a who's-who list of prominent national all-stars, including Shavlik Randolph (Duke) and Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse or NBA).

West coast participants in the featured contest were Hassan Adams, 6-3 SG, Los Angeles Westchester, who is bound for Arizona; Chris Rodgers, 6-2 PG, Portland Wilson, and Evan Burns, 6-7 SF, Los Angeles Fairfax.

Burns turned in a solid performance with 18 points, 7 rebounds. Adams had 9 points and 3 boards, while Rodgers had 8 points and 2 assists.

Arizona was also represented by another of its recruits in 6-6 Andre Iguodala of Lanphier High School in Springfield, Ill.

Other national standouts were 6-8 Sean May (North Carolina) and 6-10 Amare Stoudamire (Memphis but will likely be NBA lottery pick), who were co-MVPs. May contributed 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists while Stoudamire scored 23, pulled down 17 rebounds and had 6 assists. Both players clearly stood out.

Rashad McCants (North Carolina) had 23 points while Carmelo Anthony chipped in 27 points.

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