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Andrew Harrison & other HS players say they would beat a prime Michael Jordan one-on-one at Jordan Brand Classic

Published on April 11th, 2013 by Astramskas, David | 11,940 views

Many of the top high school ballers will be showing off their talents this Saturday at the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclay’s center.  Some of them will also probably be in the NBA in the near future including Travis’ point guard Andrew Harrison (1/2 of the dynamic Harrison Twins heading to Kentucky).  Harrison and 7 other ballers in the JBC were asked by USA Today how they think they would do playing one-on-one with a prime MJ.

Half of the answers started off like Nigel Williams Gross “Are you serious? Maaaaan, It’s MJ.  I’m not gonna disrespect him and say I’d get a bucket.”  

The other half including Andrew Harrison had quite the opposite of an answer with them beating the GOAT.   Harrison predicted the score to be 11-7 and gave this explanation.

“I think he’d get a couple buckets here and there, but then I’d start to lock him down and give him buckets. Yeah, I think I’d get him.”

The other players that said they would come out victorious were Matt Jones going to Duke, Dakari Johnson going to Kentucky and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson heading to Arizona.   I’m not doubting the talent of any of these players that we have been following for the past few years but considering Michael Kidd-Gilchrist couldn’t beat a 50 year old MJ I would bet my last dollar on a prime Jordan of the past beating anybody wearing a Jordan Brand Classic Jersey in the future.

You can read all of their responses below and before you blast these kids keep in mind I’m sure most of them weren’t serious. We don’t have video/audio so we are responding to flat print communication.  With that said, I’m going to have to quote Nigel and say “Are you serious? Maaaaaaaan It’s MJ.”

Nigel Williams-Goss, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), PG
Signed to: 
Washington
The Score: 11-0
The Victor: Jordan
The Why: “Are you serious? Maaaaaan, it’s M.J. I’m not gonna disrespect him and say I’d get a bucket. I think if I had ball first I’d try and get him off balance and take a quick jumper and hope it went in. You’ve gotta remember, Jordan was the Defensive Player of the Year. He doesn’t have to let me score, and I don’t think he would because he was so competitive.”

Kennedy Meeks, West Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.), C

Signed to: North Carolina
The Score: 11-6
The Victor: Jordan
The Why: “Well, I’m gonna just keep it real, he’s gonna win. I’d get ball first and he’d sleep on my jumper because I’m a big guy. So I’d go on a quick 3-0 run off top. The other points would come from me backing him down. But then he’d get the ball and it’d be a wrap. I mean not 11 straight, but he’d win after that. I gotta keep it real!”

Matt Jones, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas), SG
Signed to:
 Duke
The Score: 11-5
The Victor: Jones
The Why: “Well, I’m feeling a little generous today, so I think he’d get his five points. This is how it would go: I’d get ball first, then I’d score the first few baskets because he’d definitely be sleeping on me. Then I’d go to my old-man game and take it to the hole every time. No matter how small the foul was I’d call ball every time until I made it. So it’s gonna be a long grind-it-out win. But I’d win.”

Dakari Johnson, Montverde (Montverde, Fla.), C
Signed to: 
Kentucky
The Score: 11-10
The Victor: Johnson
The Why: “I’m taking him to the post every time. He’d stop me a couple of times, but I’d just keep going back down there. I’d just contest his jump shots and pray that he’d miss. I think in the end, I’d get him though. I’m too big down there.”

Wayne Selden, Tilton (Tilton, N.H.), SG
Signed to: 
Kansas
The Score: 11-2
The Victor: Jordan
The Why: “In his prime? Man, I’d get one point going to the rack, then he’d stopped that the next time so I’d have to go to a quick pull-up jumper and hope that it goes in. So yeah that’s two points. That’s it. I mean, that’s Jordan in his prime. I’m not doing more than that. Nah!”

Andrew Harrison, Travis (Richmond, Texas), PG
Signed to: 
Kentucky
The Score: 11-7
The Victor: Harrison
The Why: “I think he’d get a couple buckets here and there, but then I’d start to lock him down and give him buckets. Yeah, I think I’d get him.”

Chris Walker, Holmes County (Bonifay, Fla.), PF
Signed to: Florida
The Score: 11-7
The Victor: Jordan
The Why: “I think I’d hit a couple jumpers because he’d think because I’m 6-foot-10 I can’t shoot. I’d be like ‘Aight, Jordan sleep on me then, I’m just gonna hit these shots in your face.’ So when I start making them he’d cut that out and go ahead and win. It’s M.J.”

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chester (Chester, Pa.), SF
Signed to: 
Arizona
The Score: 11-10
The Victor: Hollis-Jefferson
The Why: “Well, it will come down to the last possession. He’ll take the ball and get me with the move, then I’ll recover and block it off the glass. He thinks it’s a foul, but it’s really not. So we shoot for it to settle the bad call he made and I’d make the do-or-die shot. I get the ball back and I give him a bucket with heavy defensive pressure. Ball game.”

Source: http://www.usatodayhss.com/news/article/players-predict-one-on-one-game-with-michael-jordan




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