Padgett To Miss Sat. Jordan Brand Classic

James Padgett, from Lincoln H.S. in Brooklyn, N.Y., who was recently named to the All-Brooklyn first team, can't play in Saturday's Regional Game at the Jordan Brand Classic. The Classic triple header kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

James Padgett, who is headed to Maryland starting this summer, already met the maximum (2) post-season all-star games preps can play and keep their freshman Division I eligibilty.

Padgett played in two feature games in the Baltimore-Washington area over a five-day span the beginning of this month. Tonight the City team will play with nine.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder's first chance came at the 2009 Charm City Challenge in the Baltimore suburbs. Padgett scored 22 points on 11-13 shooting with three rebounds and one block to earn MVP honors at the ninth annual Challenge. He and his national teammates grabbed a 112-86 victory over the Baltimore All-Stars on Sunday, April 5th.

Padgett was then invited to join the national team in the 36th Annual Capital Classic, four days later on Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Bender Arena on American U's campus in Washington, D.C. This time the local guys provided the showcase, in a sense avenging that 38-point loss last year to the U.S. All-Stars and Sunday's national group's 28-point win against their Baltimore friends.

The Capital All-Stars pretty much controlled the game and led from start to finish defeating the U.S. All-Stars, 129-98. Padgett, who had gone back to New York after Sunday's game and returned to the B-W area later in the week, but then most players don't have two superlative games in a row. In D.C., the ball wasn't dropping for him but he stayed active in the paint and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.

The MVP was from the Capital All-Stars, Montrose Christian's 6-foot-10 big forward Mouphtaou Yarou (Villanova). Yarou, who will play in the Jordan Classic's feature game tonight with his prep coach, Stu Vetter, at the helm, led the winners with 20 points and a game-high eight rebounds in 16 minutes of action. He was a perfect 9-for-9 on the floor and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.

Tonight's Jordan Brand Classic schedule is an international game at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Regional Game at 5:30 p.m. and the All-American Game at 8:00 p.m.

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