For the nation’s top-ranked high-school players, April’s Jordan Brand Classic signals the end of their high-school careers before reporting to their respective colleges for preparations for the next season so, in fitting style, two of the best high-school players in America put on a show for the Barclays Center crowd in Brooklyn Friday night.
Alonzo Trier (Arizona) and Cheick Diallo (Undecided) finished as co-MVP’s of the game as the West topped the East, 118-116. Trier finished with 28 points, including 8-10 from the field, while Diallo capped off his impressive display of dunks and offensive moves with 26 points (12-16) and 11 rebounds.
Diallo will be highly sought after by colleges, more so considering he paired his JBC MVP with a McDonalds All-American MVP just two weeks ago. Diallo was one of only three uncommitted players in the game, and although he refused to answer any questions about his impending decision post-game, he did mention that he was touched by the support he got from the Brooklyn crowd.
“I’m just so excited. There were a lot of people who came to support me,” he said. “But, it’s an All-Star game, not a team game. Some people pass the ball to you and some of them don’t.”
Diallo is expected to be recruited heavily by Syracuse, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and New York based, St. John’s.
Trier, who helped seal the win for the West team by hitting his free-throws, said he just tried to let the game come to him.
“I didn’t try to force things,” Trier said. “I just tried to make plays. Make the pass when someone was open and shoot when I’m open and make the right plays for our team.”
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