"There have been so many stars in the Jordan Classic over the years," said Mayo, who has been an All-USA Today first-team selection since his sophomore season. "I am thrilled to play my final high school game at Madison Square Garden with the best players in the country."
In addition to Mayo, Rose and Gordon, the Jordan Brand All-American Team also includes Jerryd Bayless (Phoenix, AZ / Arizona), Michael Beasley (Fitchburg, MA / Kansas State), Nick Calathes (Winter Park, FL / Florida), Corey Fisher (Elizabeth, NJ / Villanova), Austin Freeman (Hyattsville, MD / Georgetown), Donte Greene (Towson, MD / Syracuse), Blake Griffin (Edmond, OK/Oklahoma), Gary Johnson (Houston, TX / Texas), Jeffrey Jordan (Wilmette, IL / Undecided), Kosta Koufos (Canton, OH / Ohio State), Jai Lucas (Houston, TX / Undecided), Chandler Parsons (Winter Park, FL / Florida), Patrick Patterson (Huntington, WV / Undecided), Kyle Singler (Medford, OR / Duke), Durrell Summers (Redford, MI / Michigan State) and Chris Wright (Washington, DC / Georgetown) and Chris Wright (Trotwood, OH / Dayton).
The 2006 Jordan Brand All-American Classic was highlighted by a co-MVP performance from two of the NCAA's top players 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, www.JordanBrandAllAmerican.com.
|Name||Pos.||Date||High School (School Location)||College
||Jerryd Bayless ||WG ||6-3, 193 ||St. Mary's High School (Phoenix, AZ) ||Arizona
||Michael Beasley ||PF ||6-8, 210 ||Notre Dame Preparatory School (Fitchburg, MA) ||Kansas State
||Nick Calathes ||WG ||6-5, 195 ||Lake Howell High School (Winter Park, FL) ||Florida
||Corey Fisher ||PG ||6-0, 175 ||St. Patrick's High School (Elizabeth, NJ) ||Villanova
||Austin Freeman ||WG ||6-4, 185 ||DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) ||Georgetown
||Donte Greene ||PF ||6-9, 217 ||Towson Catholic High School (Towson, MD) ||Syracuse
||Blake Griffin ||C ||6-9, 230 ||Oklahoma Christian School (Edmond, OK) ||Oklahoma
||Eric Gordon ||WG ||6-4, 204 ||North Central High School (Indianapolis, IN) ||Indiana
||Gary Johnson ||PF ||6-7, 220 ||Aldine High School (Houston, TX) ||Texas
||Jeffrey Jordan ||PG ||6-0, 165 ||Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) ||Undecided
||Kosta Koufos ||C ||7-0, 252 ||Glen Oak High School (Canton, OH) ||Ohio State
||Jai Lucas ||PG ||5-10, 160 ||Bellaire High School (Houston, TX) ||Undecided
||O.J. Mayo ||PG ||6-5, 215 ||Huntington High School (Huntington, WV) ||Southern Cal
||Chandler Parsons ||WF ||6-8, 190 ||Lake Howell High School (Winter Park, FL) ||Florida
||Patrick Patterson ||PF ||6-8, 228 ||Huntington High School (Huntington, WV) ||Undecided
||Derrick Rose ||PG ||6-3, 194 ||Simeon High School (Chicago, IL) ||Memphis
||Kyle Singler ||WF ||6-8, 210 ||South Medford High School (Medford, OR) ||Duke
||Durrell Summers ||WF ||6-6, 195 ||Covenant High School (Redford, MI) ||Michigan St.
||Chris Wright ||PG ||6-0, 190 ||St. John's College Prep (Washington, DC) ||Georgetown
||Chris Wright ||WF ||6-7, 202 ||Trotwood-Madison High School (Trotwood, OH) ||Dayton