Top 50 point guard Isaiah Washington produced 20 points and 15 assists on the Jordan Brand court. Top 200 guard Jamir Harris knocked down four three-pointers and scored 20 points as well. Both did it with national media looking on approvingly.
Jamir made seven of his first eleven attempts (8 of 17 for the game) in 19 minutes of play prompting one local analyst to restate what we've heard so much in the past twelve months, that Jamir Harris is one of the best shooters in the country. Jamir is also fresh off of winning a state title in New Jersey where he scored 23 points in the title game for the The Patrick School.
Jamir also had the game winning score when they won the Tournament of Champions at the end of March facing the top schools in the nation. It was a memorable winter for the future Gopher guard who continues to get better and better.
Speaking of performer, Isaiah Washington put on a bit of a show as he always does. His signature separation into the beautiful finger roll was on display throughout the Jordan Brand Classic. When fans saw Isaiah with the ball in a one on one scenario they all stood and caught a glimpse of what the showman was about to do next.
What he did was create 15 scores for others and made nine of sixteen shots himself. The final total? Isaiah had a hand in 54 of his team's points and that doesn't include shots he created for others than became a free throw attempt. Isaiah was so exciting that young fans started cheering "Jelly" to see what the explosive first step guard would do next.
Isaiah scored his 20 points (with 15 assists) on 16 shot attempts in 23 minutes of play.
Now that the all star games are done, Washington and Harris have two months of life to live on the East Coast in the NY/NJ area before moving to Minneapolis for summer school. Both are heavy needs for Minnesota.
Isaiah will give the Gophers a much needed true point guard to not only add depth but to often be a primary ball handler. Harris brings needed shooting and leadership that this program needs with Akeem Springs departing with graduating (not that Harris can replace Akeem entirely, but he can help).
Both are now part of a Minnesota Gopher program that is being picked in the top 10-15 for next season based on the returning players and results from the 2016-17 season. Expectations are high and these two guards will add depth to a strong rotation.