Some of the best high school talent in the world was on display in Saturday night's Jordan Brand Classic, and as one would expect, it was manifested in alley-oops and crossovers.
Perhaps the greatest testament to the level of talent, though, was the Blue team's ability to dig out of a 21-point hole before many even noticed that they were getting blown out.
Led by flamboyant Arizona-bound guard Brandon Jennings, the Blue team came back from being down 44-24 to score a 124-114 victory in the seventh annual Classic.
Tyreke Evans, a new Memphis commit and the most outstanding player on the White team, scored almost at will early on, and his fast break lay-up gave White an 18-9 lead with 15:41 to go in the first. Wake Forest-bound forward Al-Farouq Aminu hit a three shortly thereafter to push the White's lead to double digits at 25-14.
Louisville-bound big man Samardo Samuels eventually gave White a 45-24 advantage with a pair of free throws at the 7:38 mark. From then on, however, Jennings and the rest of the Blue team -- who had routed the White team in the previous day's scrimmage – started to shine.
Blue took just 5:37 to go on a breathtaking 25-7 run, led by nine points from Tennessee-bound wing Scotty Hopson.
North Carolina signee Ed Davis scored five points in the final two minutes of the half to help White go into the break up 60-53, but Blue had ripped all momentum from the home team.
UCLA-bound point guard Malcolm Lee scored on a fast break for Blue to open the second, then JaMychal Green, headed to Alabama, converted a three-point play to cut the White lead to two.
Evans and Devin Ebanks scored seven points to push the White lead back to seven at 69-62. Blue, however, then tore off on a 26-6 run to grab a lead that it would never relinquish.
A three-pointer by local product Kemba Walker trimmed the Blue lead to six at 98-92, but Blue answered with an 18-8 spurt to shut the door on any White comeback hopes.
Jennings, who sported a flat top haircut that leaned to the right, regularly dazzled the crowd with his phenomenal ball handling and passing skills. His performance – 10 points, 14 assists – earned him MVP honors for the Blue team.
Hopson finished with 21 for Blue, and Demar DeRozan – committed to USC – scored 17 for the visitors.
Evans, who scored 23 points, took home the MVP for White, and Devin Ebanks – previous Indiana commit who now stands uncommitted following the school's firing of coach Kelvin Sampson – added 20. Samuels chipped in 16 as well for White.