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Players to watch in Jordan Brand Classic

4/13/2012

The Jordan Brand Classic, which is going to be airing live Saturday on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, will be filled with some of the nation's best talent and future stars of college basketball. Here are a few players to keep a close eye on:

East Team

Kyle Anderson

(Fairview, N.J./St. Anthony)

SF, 6-foot7, 210 pounds

College: UCLA

Versatility is his calling card. He is a creative passer who knows how to change directions and speeds with the basketball. Anderson instinctively finds open teammates at the right time and delivers the ball in the right spot. He is blessed with great size and a true facilitator who plays the game one possession ahead of the rest. Over the last two seasons, he has lead St. Anthony to a 65-0 record.

Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./New London)

PG, 6-3, 180 pounds

College: Providence

He possesses the blow-by speed and quickness with the basketball that's necessary to score at the highest level. Dunn is a high-level athlete who can change directions on a dime in the open floor, break the ankles of a defender with a crossover, get into the lane at will and finish drives at the rim. Once he adds a jump shot, he will be special.

Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton School)

C, 6-10, 215 pounds

College: Kentucky

He has established himself as the best shot-blocker in high school and emerged as the top player in the nation without ever worrying about his numbers on the offensive end. The future Wildcats player can score the ball inside by using a jump hook or driving from the foul line, but his real value comes from protecting the rim.

Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)

C, 7-0, 240 pounds

College: Arizona

It's rare to find a big man like Tarczewski who is willing to run the floor and has good hands. He works hard to gain deep, low-post position whenever possible, understands the value of screening to free up his teammates and goes after missed shots on both ends. Tarczewski continues to work hard on improving his game, and it shows.

Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room Christian Academy)

SG, 6-4, 190 pounds

College: NC State

His speed, power and athleticism make him almost impossible to stay in front of and keep him out of the lane. At times, he is unstoppable in the open court as he thrives in the transition game and can turn any play into a highlight.

West Team