On Wednesday, the Jordan Brand Classic game’s organizers are going to announce that ESPN’s No. 1 player Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton School) and No. 6 Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep) will be added to the roster.
Their additions give the Jordan Brand Classic nine of the top-10 prospects in the ESPNU 100, the most of any postseason all-star game this year.
The Jordan Brand flexed its muscle as it amped up its roster. It also took its time to make the announcement and it had a reason. Until recently, Noel’s academic standing at the Tilton School was in question. Once he switched from the Class of 2013 to the 2012 class, there were hurdles to jump over. Remember, he had to take unofficial visits to Kentucky and Syracuse because he was yet to be named a senior. Recently, he visited Georgetown officially, signaling his official movement into the senior class.
Adams, a native of New Zealand, played his first game in mid-January in the United States. He’s the guy we’re most eager to put under the microscope. In January, he played against Noel and it prompted the No. 1 senior to tell us that Adams was the best big man he’s played against.
Now, if we could make one request: match Adams and Noel up against each other in this game. That’d be perfect. Since Noel wasn’t named to the McDonald’s All-American Game because he joined the senior class late and Adams wasn’t eligible either, the Jordan Brand game -- with its deep array of talent -- is the one place where we could possibly see a live Adams vs. Noel matchup.