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Noel, Adams Added to 2012 Jordan Brand Classic Rosters

March 22, 2012 – Allen Moll

Earlier this month when the initial 2012 McDonalds All American Game and Jordan Brand Classic rosters were announced, there were clearly two omissions in the form of shot blocker supreme Nerlens Noel and New Zealand’s monsterous big man Steven Adams.

Noel, who has already been compared to NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell for his innate defensive abilities, recently reclassified to the 2012 Class, thus ending his high school career. Unlike most seniors, he still is undecided as to his college destination.

Adams, originally from New Zealand, is a 7 foot, multi-talented and dominating big man that will be playing for Jaime Dixon at Pitt next season. He played at Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts this past season and regularly got the best of top American big men Kaleb Tarczewski and Chris Walker at the 2011 Adidas Nations Camp. Case in point his 20 point, 24 rebound effort against Arizona commit Tarczewski.

This year’s Jordan Brand Classic will be held at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC on April 14th, 2012 and will be broadcast live on ESPN at 7 PM.

Check out the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic rosters:

East

Kyle Anderson, SF, St Anthony’s HS(Jersey City, NJ) – signed to UCLA

Kris Dunn, PG, New London(New London, CT) – signed to Providence

Jerami Grant, PF, DeMatha Catholic(Hyattsville, MD) – signed to Syracuse

Gary Harris, SF, Hamilton Southeastern(Fishers, IN) – signed to Michigan State

Brice Johnson, PF, Edisto(Cordova, SC) – signed to North Carolina

Ricardo Ledo, SF, South Kent(South Kent, CT) – signed to Providence

Nerlens Noel, C, Tilton School(Tilton, NH) – Undecided

Tony Parker, PF, Miller Grove(Lithonia, GA) – Undecided

Rodney Purvis, SG, Upper Room Christian(Raleigh, NC) – signed to NC State

Kaleb Tarczewski, C, St Mark’s(Southborough, MA) – signed to Arizona

JP Tokoto, SF, Menomonee Falls(Menomonee, WI) – signed to North Carolina

West

Steven Adams, C, Notre Dame Prep(Fitchburg, MA) – signed to Pittsburgh

Brandon Ashley, PF, Findlay Prep(Henderson, NV) – signed to Arizona

Isaiah Austin, C, Grace Prep(Arlington, TX) – signed to Baylor

Anthony Bennett, PF, Findlay Prep(Henderson, NV) – Undecided

Archie Goodwin, SG, Sylvan Hills(Little Rock, AR) – signed to Kentucky

Danuel House, SG, Hightower(Houston, TX) – signed to Houston

Grant Jerrett, PF, La Verne Lutheran(La Verne, CA) – signed to Arizona

Shabazz Muhammed, SF, Bishop Gorman(Las Vegas, NV) – Undecided

Marcus Paige, PG, Linn Mar(Marion, IA) – signed to North Carolina

Alex Polythress, SF, Northeast(Clarksville, TN) – signed to Kentucky

Rasheed Sulaimon, SG, Strake Jesuit(Houston, TX) – signed to Duke

Check out some highlights from the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic:

Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.

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