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Kentucky Basketball: How To Watch The Jordan Brand Classic Tonight From A Wildcats Perspective

The Jordan Brand Classic is tonight. Here's what you need to know.

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Tonight, the Jordan Brand Classic game will take place, and some of the best players in the country will take the floor, including Kentucky’s entire recruiting class. This is the only event this year where Kentucky will have every one of their future players at the game.


Date: April 17th, 2015
Time 8:00 PM Eastern
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Streaming: Watch ESPN


East Team

Name Position Height / Weight High School / College Hometown
Isaiah Briscoe G 6-3 / 200 Roselle Catholic / Kentucky Union, NJ
Jaylen Brown F 6-6 / 200 Wheeler Alpharetta, GA
Jalen Brunson G 6-1 / 180 Adlai E. Stevenson / Villanova Lincolnshire, IL
Jalen Coleman-Lands G 6-3 / 160 La Lumiere / Illinois Indianapolis, IN
Eric Davis F 6-3 / 170 Arthur Hill / Texas Saginaw, MI
Cheick Diallo F 6-9 / 220 Our Savior New American Centereach, NY
Henry Ellenson F 6-10 / 230 Rice Lake H.S. / Marquette Rice Lake, WI
Luke Kennard F 6-5 / 180 Franklin H.S. / Duke Franklin, OH
Skal Labissiere F/C 6-10 / 200 RYD Prep, TN / Kentucky Olive Branch, MS
Charles Matthews G 6-6 / 170 St. Rita / Kentucky Chicago, IL
Malachi Richardson G 6-5 / 190 Trenton Catholic / Syracuse Trenton, NJ
Caleb Swanigan C 6-9 / 270 Homestead H.S. / Michigan St. Fort Wayne, IN

West Team

Dwayne Bacon G 6-6 / 190 Oak Hill Academy / Florida St. Mouth of Wilson, VA
Malik Beasley G 6-4 / 185 St. Francis / Florida St. Alpharetta, GA
Antonio Blakeney G 6-4 / 170 Oak Ridge / LSU Sarasota, FL
Deyonta Davis F 6-8 / 205 Muskegon / Michigan St. Muskegon, MI
Tyler Davis C 6-9 / 270 Plano West / Texas A&M Plano, TX
Tyler Dorsey PG 6-4 / 180 Maranatha / Oregon Los Angeles, CA
Austin Grandstaff SG 6-4 / 180 Rockwall / Ohio St. Rockwall, TX
Dedric Lawson PF 6-8 / 195 Hamilton / Memphis Memphis, TN
Malik Newman G 6-3 / 175 Callaway Jackson, MS
Ivan Rabb F 6-10 / 210 Bishop O'Dowd / California Oakland, CA
Ben Simmons F 6-9 / 190 Montverde Academy / LSU Melbourne, AUS
Allonzo Trier G 6-2 / 175 Findlay Prep / Arizona Tulsa, OK
Stephen Zimmerman C 7-0 / 230 Bishop Gorman H.S. / UNLV Las Vegas, NV

Kentucky’s signees — Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere, and Charles Matthews will all play for the East. Unsigned recruits that have Kentucky on their list are:

  • Jaylen Brown
  • Cheik Diallo
  • Malik Newman

You can find all their bios here at the Jordan Brand Classic website.

How to watch

This is an all-star game, so don’t expect anything as competitive as the Nike Hoop summit. These guys have just been together since Thursday, so don’t expect a lot of teamwork.

What I like to look for in games like this is:

Shooting form

Points come and go, but proper shooting form is the key to being a quick success when moving from high school to pro. Great form isn’t always necessary, but the better a player’s form, the more consistent they are likely to be. Look for things like hitches, funny spins on the ball, low (flat) shots, and players who don’t jump straight up and down


How well does the player handle the ball in traffic? Does he use both hands interchangeably, or is he right or left-hand dominant?


Is he a willing passer? Does he go for "home run" passes a lot, or just look to get the ball to players in places where they can score? Does the player outlet the ball well, or does he tend to dribble it up himself.


Cheik Diallo will be your model for effort. If you see anyone approaching his level of motor, you know you want that guy. Defense falls into this category as well, since defense is really not expected in games like this. Does the player put forth a lot of effort on defense? If so, that’s a guy you want.

Finishing ability

Can the player finish at the rim when challenged? Is he able to be creative around the rim and get the ball into the basket under duress? Does the player finish at the rim with both hands on open layups?  On challenged shots?


Can the player finish through contact? Does he get stripped a lot in the post? Can he overpower players his size?

Court vision

Does the player keep his eyes up the court, or does he watch the ball when he dribbles? Does he find open guys in the middle of the defense in transition?


Is the player able to run faster, jump higher, or blow past his peers? Is he one of the more athletic players, or less?

That’s what I have. Enjoy the game.