Jordan Classic Grades

<b>Michael Jordan</b> may have been wearing a suit, but he was still the main attraction at the Jordan Classic in New York on Saturday. Of course, that doesn't mean he was the only one to elicit cheers. In addition to co-MVPs <b>Andray Blatche</b> and <b>Tyler Hansbrough</b>, find out who else excelled as we conclude our coverage of the Jordan Classic by handing out grades for all 20 players.


Gray Team

Tyler Hansbrough
Poplar Bluff (Poplar Bluff, Mo.)

Game-winning shot, co-MVP. All in front of MJ, not to mention fellow Tar Heels Vince Carter and Rashad McCants. What else could this North Carolina-bound forward have asked for? Hansbrough scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting and tipped in the game-winning basket with just 9.1 seconds remaining. A dominant low-post threat, Hansbrough also grabbed nine boards and had three steals in 22 minutes.

GRADE: A


Louis Williams
South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.)

Wearing No. 23 while playing in front of the No. 23 in a building MJ remembers fondly after years of torching the Knicks, Williams made some memories of his own. Williams scored his team's first eight points en route to a 20-point performance. Although he was a disappointing 1-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc, Williams had four assists, three rebounds and three steals to help his straight-to-NBA aspirations.

GRADE: A–


C.J. Miles
Skyline (Dallas, Texas)

Although he could have been the goat if not for Hansbrough tipping in his missed free throw in the closing seconds, Miles had a productive game overall. The Texas-bound guard scored 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting, grabbed six boards, dished out two assists and had two steals. Although he proved he has the basketball IQ and ball-handling skills to run the point, Miles showed his outside shot needs work, as he missed all six of his 3-point attempts.

GRADE: B+


Shawne Williams
Laurinburg Prep (Laurinburg, N.C.)

Although he didn't start, Williams was one of the best players on the floor. He scored 15 points and grabbed six boards in just 19 minutes. He also shot 6-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-4 from the 3-point line, while recording three steals. After announcing his intentions to go pro earlier in the week, the Memphis recruit was solid if not stellar.

GRADE: B+


Levance Fields
Xaverian (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

After going scoreless and dishing out only one assist while playing 11 minutes in a forgettable first half, Fields was the driving force behind his team's comeback win. Fields scored 18 second-half points on 7-of-12 shooting as the White team squandered a 17-point second-half lead. The Pitt-bound guard displayed a solid offensive game with a serviceable jumper and great penetration skills.

GRADE: B+


Andrew Bynum
St. Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.)

In addition to dominating down low, this UConn-bound big man hit his only 3-point attempt en route to scoring 13 points, grabbing five boards and recording two steals in 15 minutes. For low-post threats like Bynum, all-star games such as the Jordan Classic aren't opportune places to strut their stuff. Still, he managed to stand out.

GRADE: B+


Magnum Rolle
Laurinburg Prep (Laurinburg, N.C.)

Rolle scored seven points and grabbed 10 boards in 22 minutes and had the most jaw-dropping play of the game when he swatted a shot from Eric Boateng into the stands. Rolle, who signed with LSU, was just 1-of-4 from the free-throw line but made up for it with three steals and two blocks.

GRADE: B+


Devan Downey
Chester (Chester, S.C.)

At 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, Downey was the smallest player on the floor. But with his speed and quickness, his size hardly mattered. The Cincinnati-bound point guard scored six points, dished out six assists, grabbed four boards and had two steals in 19 minutes. Although he's known for his shooting, he had an off night from the field, going 2-of-9 overall and 0-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.

GRADE: B–


Julian Wright
Homewood-Flossmoor (Flossmoor, Ill.)

Two weeks after shining at the McDonald's All-American Game, Wright struggled on offense Saturday. The Kansas-bound forward scored just four points on 2-of-7 shooting. With his offense stalled, Wright managed to do well in other aspects of the game. He had three boards, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot in 17 minutes.

GRADE: B–


Kevin Rogers
South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)

Rogers didn't do anything spectacular Saturday, scoring just four points, grabbing three rebounds and recording two steals. The Baylor-bound forward shot just 2-of-6 from the field as well.

GRADE: C+


White Team

Andray Blatche
South Kent Prep (South Kent, Conn.)

Even though his team lost and he gave up the offensive rebound that led to the game-winning tip-in by Tyler Hansbrough, Blatche was by far the most impressive player on the floor Saturday. Blatche, who didn't sign with a college and will enter his name in the NBA Draft, recorded game highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds to earn co-MVP honors. Often criticized for his penchant to play around the perimeter instead of in the paint, Blatche addressed those concerns by scoring the bulk of his points down low while shooting 12-of-17 from the floor. He also blocked two shots.

GRADE: A


Mike Mercer
South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.)

Often overshadowed by prep teammate Louis Williams, Mercer emerged as his own man Saturday, scoring 19 points, handing out a game-record nine assists and recording three steals. Mercer, who signed with Georgia, was 8-of-10 shooting and at times appeared to be the best player on the floor. Although Williams will most likely go pro, Mercer proved Saturday that Bulldog fans still have a reason to be optimistic.

GRADE: A


Martell Webster
Seattle Prep (Seattle, Wash.)

Webster wasn't at his absolute best Saturday but did nothing to damage his potential NBA Draft stock. Especially when you consider he was an absolute stud at Friday's scrimmage. In Saturday's game, Webster scored 22 points while shooting 7-of-13. He was also 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Webster had three steals but also had five turnovers.

GRADE: A–


Emanuel Mayben
Troy (Troy, N.Y.)

A last-minute addition to the White team's roster after Lanier (Jackson, Miss.) guard Monta Ellis bailed with a knee injury, Mayben took full advantage of his opportunity in the spotlight. The Syracuse-bound point guard scored 13 points, had seven assists and grabbed five boards before missing two key free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win for the Gray team. Mayben also had a game-high seven turnovers.

GRADE: B+


Richard Hendrix
Athens (Athens, Ala.)

Hendrix lived up to his billing as a tough inside presence with great basketball IQ. The Alabama recruit, who puts the power into power forward, finished with nine points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

GRADE: B+


Lewis Clinch
Crisp County (Cordele, Ga.)

A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Clinch scored 13 points and handed out two assists in 16 minutes. The Georgia Tech-bound guard shot 4-of-7 from the field, 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.

GRADE: B+


Micah Downs
Juanita (Kirkland, Wash.)

Downs was solid but not spectacular Saturday, finishing with 11 points, four assists, four rebounds and a blocked shot. The Kansas recruit showed his tremendous athleticism but did nothing to stand out. Then again, he did nothing to criticize either.

GRADE: B


Keith Brumbaugh
DeLand (DeLand, Fla.)

In addition to sporting the best haircut at the game, Brumbaugh had a solid night on the floor. Brumbaugh, a left-handed small forward who's still undecided on college, scored six points and grabbed two boards in 13 minutes.

GRADE: B–


Jon Brockman
Snohomish (Snohomish, Wash.)

The protective facemask he wore obviously interfered with Brockman's game. The Washington-bound forward recorded four points, three rebounds and a steal in 13 minutes. Known for his hustle, Brockman wasn't on the floor long enough to show his true self.

GRADE: C+


Eric Boateng
St. Andrew's (Middletown, Del.)

Boateng had hundreds of his classmates in the stands decked out in "I Love Boa" T-shirts. So he had that going for himself, which was nice. Other than that, the night was forgettable for this Duke-bound center. Boateng scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 14 minutes. He did, however, shine on defense, blocking three shots and recording two steals.

GRADE: C+


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