7 Things the Jordan Brand Classic Tells You About the Future of Basketball

STACK was on the scene for this year's Jordan Brand Classic showcasing some of basketball's best high school players. Here's what we saw.

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Celebrities Apparently Love High School Basketball

Drake performs at the Jordan Brand Classic (Photo via Jordan Brand)

The volume of star power gathered at the Barclays Center to watch a group of 18-year-olds ball bordered on ridiculous. Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudamire and J.R. Smith from the New York Knicks all showed up, but none of them seemed to acknowledge one another, which does not bode well for the upcoming playoffs.

Spike Lee was in attendance, hopped up on caffeine as usual. C.C. Sabathia was in dad mode (he brought his son). A who's who of hip-hop artists stood out, including Busta Rhymes, an emotionless Fabolous (seriously, he didn't change his expression all night) and Stalley. But it was Toronto native Drake, who performed after the game, who got the biggest response when he walked into the arena. The crowd stopped watching basketball entirely and went into full-on freak-out mode. Even some of the players on the court allowed their gaze to wander courtside to see what all the fuss was about. Still waiting on Drake's arrival at the STACK offices to watch us write an article.

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Drake performs at the Jordan Brand Classic (Photo via Jordan Brand)

The volume of star power gathered at the Barclays Center to watch a group of 18-year-olds ball bordered on ridiculous. Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudamire and J.R. Smith from the New York Knicks all showed up, but none of them seemed to acknowledge one another, which does not bode well for the upcoming playoffs.

Spike Lee was in attendance, hopped up on caffeine as usual. C.C. Sabathia was in dad mode (he brought his son). A who's who of hip-hop artists stood out, including Busta Rhymes, an emotionless Fabolous (seriously, he didn't change his expression all night) and Stalley. But it was Toronto native Drake, who performed after the game, who got the biggest response when he walked into the arena. The crowd stopped watching basketball entirely and went into full-on freak-out mode. Even some of the players on the court allowed their gaze to wander courtside to see what all the fuss was about. Still waiting on Drake's arrival at the STACK offices to watch us write an article.


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