CHARLOTTE, N.C. — University of Kentucky signees Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, to help lead their West team to a 99-95 victory over future Cat Nerlens Noel's East squad in the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday night.
The 6-foot-10 Noel, fresh off committing to play at Kentucky earlier in the week in Charlotte, was supposed to be a headliner in the high school all-star basketball game, but he committed three fouls in the first half that greatly limited his play. He finished with four points, five rebounds and five fouls in 21 minutes, and missed a wide-open dunk.
Poythress was an efficient 7-for-8 shooting from the field and had four rebounds. Goodwin added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
UCLA recruit Shabazz Muhammad led the West with 20 points. But he missed the front end of a one-and-one that gave the East a chance to tie it. The East missed three shots before the West grabbed a rebound. Muhammad then redeemed himself, making two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to clinch the game.
North Carolina State recruit Rodney Purvis scored 22 points to lead the East.
Tony Parker made a put-back basket for the East with 22 seconds left to trim the deficit to two.
The East led throughout the first half, by as much as 14 points. But the West came back dramatically in the first nine minutes of the second half, with Muhammad making consecutive transition tomahawk dunks for an 83-65 lead.
The East recovered with a 12-0 run capped by Kris Dunn's three-point play, as he muscled up a layup and added a free throw.
The need to show off definitely hurt the quality of play. The West's Danual House grabbed a steal, drove to the rim alone, and tried to dunk so spectacularly the ball bounced off the rim and into the stands.
Perhaps the most productive player in the first half was Duke recruit Rasheed Sulaimon, who had seven points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes.
A number of former Jordan Classic players showed up as spectators, including Kentucky's Anthony Davis, the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft if he turns pro and possibly a future Charlotte Bobcat. Others included North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and James McAdoo.