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Yesterday, the future of basketball was on display in the city of the mecca of basketball. Brooklyn was the place to be as some of nation's top high school seniors competed against one another at the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic. The Barclays Center played host to an incredible showcase by a slept on prodigy that has been floating under the radar for so long. Many folks expected the other great talents such as Bol Bol, Tre Jones, Cam Reddish or Shareef O'Neal to walk away with the MVP. But it was the 6"6 stud name Emmitt Williams who put on a show while setting an new Jordan Brand Classic scoring record in exciting and dominating fashion.
It was a nice crowd in the building as fans were expecting Duke's Zion Williamson and his future teammate and #1 player in the country, RJ Barrett put on a scoring clinic. But unfortunately, Zion was sidelined due to an hand injury he suffered during the McDonald's All American High School Game. Meanwhile, Barrett couldn't be in attendance. But no worries, the crowd was in good hands as they was able to get a nice preview of the future of college hoops. Some of the most exciting moments that occurred during the game was when Duke bound Cam Reddish was going mano a mano with UNC bound Nassir Little. A couple of great blocks by Little turned into a nice dunk. Reddish was able to answer back with a smooth silky crossover which led to a couple of tough finishes. Little's future teammate Coby White displayed an array of quickness and explosive athleticism as the crowd was in awe by how bouncy he was.
Other talked about phenoms like Shareef O'Neal was impressive playing in the bright lights in NYC. The UCLA commit was able to show a variety of ways he can an will contribute to the Bruins ball club by displaying solid ball handling skills and a nice midrange game.Bol Bol was an dominant force in the offensive side, as he was able to grab rebound after rebound whenever he was on the floor. The national champs in Villanova are getting an sniper in Cole Swider as he was lighting it up from the field.
But the star of the game was no other than Emmitt Williams. The 6"6 LSU bound forward was putting on a scoring clinic. From making tough midrange shots to throwing down monster jams, Williams had the crowd in Brooklyn in a frenzy from beginning to end. While recent Hall Of Fame inductee Ray Allen was in attendance, Emmitt was able to scored an Jordan Brand Classic record 44 points while shooting 22-for-23 from the field as his team defeated the black squad 146-136. Monster jam after monster dunk. The previous record was 34 by the great LeBron James. Emmitt pulled out the tricks of the trade as he was able to show some finesse, pulling off vintage Dominique Wilkins-esque “off the backboard” jam that had the crowd gone in a frenzy. LSU's future seems bright once Emmitt steps foot on campus as him, Naz Reid are ready to give Coach Cal's Kentucky a run for their money next year.