The 14th annual Jordan Brand Classic game was played Friday night, and Florida State recruits put on a show. The main event was preceded by the regional game, which features New York players versus all stars from around the northeast. Incoming 4* Terance Mann played for the away team, which won 125-112. Mann scored 20 points on 10-14 shooting (he didn't attempt a three), and more impressively grabbed a game high 13 rebounds. The only other player to grab double digit boards was 6-8 Derrick Jones (10) who is UNLV bound.
In the main game, 5* Dwayne Bacon and 4* Malik Beasley played together on the west team. After playing nearly 50 high school games in addition to numerous showcases, Bacon seemed content to keep the ball moving. He had a relatively quiet eight points on 4-6 shooting, and added five rebounds.
Malik Beasley, meanwhile, made a splash. He drilled a three at the first half buzzer for his 9th point, and then scored seven more in the 2nd half. He finished with 16 points and three assists.
Most notable though, was his defense. The first half was played with great energy and effort, but the 2nd half turned into an all star game. But with the game close and the time winding down, the teams turned the energy back up again.
With about 8 minutes left in a tight game, the other team’s best player (Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky) went off. Every possession was basically him doing his thing and the other 4 guys standing around. Since he is a local kid, the crowd loved it. That's when Malik Beasley went to his coach in the middle of Briscoe going nuts and said to put him in the game and he’d guard him.
On the first possession, Beasley picked his pocket and drew a foul as Briscoe tried to get the ball back. For the rest of the game, Beasley – in an All Star game where people don’t really play defense – got into a stance and tried to shut that kid down. I think Briscoe shot 1-5 down the stretch, with Beasley and Bacon's team taking a two-point victory. It was pretty awesome.