Tonight was an important night for the future of Kentucky athletics. The football program made its first step towards a rebirth on the gridiron, and the Big Blue Nation finally got its chance to make a visual display of the support surrounding the new-look program.
On the hardwood, the 12th annual Jordan Brand Classic tipped off Saturday night in the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. It seems fitting that six future Cats play there before next season when Kentucky travels north to play Providence in early December, 2013.
As you might expect, the six Kentucky signees stole the limelight. Andrew and Aaron Harrison, and Julius Randle suited up for the East, while James Young, Dakari Johnson, and Marcus Lee were playing for the West.
Andrew Wiggins was playing for the East as well, and it looked like he was having a good time playing alongside the future Kentucky guards.
But the players on the court were not the only “Kentucky” in the building. Dozens of media members in attendance commented on the vocal Big Blue contingent in the Barclays Center. Well played, guys.
In the end, it was an all-star game where defense is optional, so somebody had to lose. It was the West that pulled away once it was all said and done, beating the East 102-98.
It seemed every time you turned around a Kentucky player had its hand in a play, whether it was the Harrison’s throwing lobs or Randle muscling to the rim, Kentucky was plastered all over this game.
Randle was named Co-Player of the Game and finished with a game-high 19 points and 6 rebounds. All things considered, he looked like the most impressive and polished player on the court. He played with a confidence and swagger that will fit perfectly next season in Lexington.
Andrew Harrison posted 6 points, and Aaron Harrison finished with 6 points and 8 assists for the East.
On the other side, James Young scored 10 and collected 3 steals, Dakari Johnson poured in 8 points and hauled in 4 rebounds, and Marcus Lee dropped 6 points for the West.