Being named a high school All-American is quite an honor. Being named a high school All-American when you haven’t even played a game all season is even more impressive. But, that is exactly the boat that 2009 big man Daniel Orton finds himself in after he was named to the Jordan Brand All-American Team, becoming the sixth UK-bound player to play in the game (Azubuike, Alleyne, Crawford, Rondo, Patterson). Twenty players were picked to play in the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden on April 18 (ESPN2), which will be preceded by an International Game and a Regional Game and will include all of the all-star shenanigans you’d expect (dunk contest, 3-point contest, visits to BET and ESPN etc.).
Orton’s bio from the site:
“Daniel Orton is arguably the most powerful and versatile big men in the 2009 class. He is a tremendous defensive player due to his shot blocking ability and rebounding. Orton highlighted those skills last year as he averaged 10 rebounds and almost seven blocks a game as a junior. His unselfishness on the offensive side of the ball makes any point guard want to play with him. Orton can score on the low block and is great at finishing through contact. In the summer, he played along side fellow Jordan Brand All-American Xavier Henry. Next season Orton will play for Billy Gillespie at Kentucky. “
Hopefully, Michael Jordan had little to nothing to do with this because I’d hate it if the greatest player of all-time was a poor speller. Plus, let’s be honest. He doesn’t exactly have an eye for talent.