The 11th annual Jordan Brand Classic took place last week, culminating in the West's 99-95 victory over the East. Here's a photographic account of the event, starting with top recruit Shabazz Muhammad receiving the red carpet treatment upon his arrival to Charlotte.
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Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Rasheed Sulaimon
The next crop of recruits headed to Tobacco Road, Brice Johnson (left), Marcus Paige (middle) and Rasheed Sulaimon stand by a picture of their soon-to-be coaches. Johnson and Paige will suit up for UNC, while Sulaimon will play under Coach K at Duke.
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Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett
A trio of Arizona recruits were flying high during the National Signing Day festivities. Brandon Ashley (left), Kaleb Tarczewski (middle) and Grant Jerrett headline one of the nation's most promising classes.
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He's Westwood bound: Muhammad committed to UCLA over Kentucky and Duke on national television on Wednesday night.
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Heralded center Nerlens Noel followed suit, choosing between Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse...
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...He went with the defending champs. "I'll be taking my talents to play at the University of..." he said, before turning around to reveal a 'UK' logo shaved into the back of his hair.
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Noel hoists a Kentucky jersey to commemorate his decision, much to the delight of Wildcat fans everywhere.
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Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-8 point guard out of Jersey City, N.J., participates in practice leading up to the game. Like Muhammad, he's also committed to UCLA.
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Baylor-bound center Isaiah Austin fires a jump shot during practice.
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Muhammad rises for a dunk during a workout session. The Las Vegas product also won the slam dunk contest at the McDonald's All-American Game.
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Tony Parker and Nerlens Noel
Undeclared center Tony Parker (left) chats with recent Kentucky commit Nerlens Noel. Parker is expected to announce on Friday and is considering Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Georgia and Ohio State.
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Austin rises for a dunk during Saturday's game. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
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Ricardo Ledo elevates for a bucket, good enough for two of his seven points in the game. A 6-foot-5 shooting guard, he'll head to Providence next year, where he'll join...
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...6-foot-3 blue-chip point guard Kris Dunn. He finished with eight points, four rebounds and five steals.
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Findlay Prep (Nev.) standout Anthony Bennett soars over Nerlens Noel. The highest-ranked uncommitted prospect, Bennett is weighing offers to Kentucky, Florida, Oregon, UNLV and Washington.
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Duke-bound Sulaimon went 4-of-8 en route to 13 points. He also went 3-of-6 from three-point range.
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The 7-foot, 220-pound Arizona signee capitalizes on an East fast break. Tarczewski notched a double-double, amassing 14 points and 10 rebounds.
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A versatile, combo forward headed to Houston, Danuel House was efficient on Saturday. He totaled seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.
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Power forward Jerami Grant skies for a slam. The Syracuse-bound big man netted 10 points for the East.
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East shooting guard Rodney Purvis converts a reverse layup...
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...and then adds to his scoring total with a convincing dunk. The N.C. State signee collected 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting.
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An Arizona signee, Ashley soared over three East defenders as part of the West's victory.
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Muhammad doing what he does best: dunking. He tallied 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting in the win.
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Tokoto sizes up his defender before driving to the basket. The UNC-bound forward finished with eight points in the contest.
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One of three Kentucky commits in action on Saturday, shooting guard Archie Goodwin flies past Ricardo Ledo. Goodwin filled up the stat sheet to the tune of 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
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A Pitt-committed center out of Wellington, New Zealand, Steven Adams prepares to throw down a dunk in traffic. The 6-foot-10 standout also corralled nine rebounds for the East.
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Rodney Purvis and Shabazz Muhammad
Purvis and Muhammad earned co-MVP honors after the 99-95 outcome. Previous Jordan Brand Classic MVPs include Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
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