Jordan Brand Classic boys’ basketball game moving from Charlotte to Brooklyn, N.Y.

jjones@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 3, 2013 

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Anthony Bennett, left, tries to steal the ball from Rodney Purvis, right, during last year's Jordan Brand Classic at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 14, 2012.

MELISSA MELVIN-RODRIGUEZ — MELISSA MELVIN-RODRIGUEZ - mrodriguez@charlotteobserver.com

After a two-year stay in Charlotte, the Jordan Brand Classic is on the move.

Michael Jordan’s annual April showcase of top high school basketball talent will be played at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, according to an announcement on the game’s official website.

The 12th annual event sponsored by Nike’s Jordan Brand is slated for April 13. The game has been played at Time Warner Cable Arena since 2011, just a year after Jordan took over as majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

“After spending two great years at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena, we decided to bring the Jordan Brand Classic to Brooklyn at Barclays Center,” Larry Miller, president of Jordan Brand, said in a release. “We are extremely excited to host this incredible talent in a borough famous for high school basketball.”

The event took place at Washington D.C.’s MCI Center, now Verizon Center, in 2002 and 2003. The University of Maryland hosted the event in 2004 before it moved to New York’s Madison Square Garden from 2005-10.

Before the Jordan Brand Classic, the McDonald’s All-American Game was the premier end-of-year showcase for decades. But the event has grown in recent years to rival the long-standing McDonald’s game, and the two games often have many of the same players.

“Brooklyn has been the home of many of the greatest-ever high school basketball players in the country, so it’s only fitting for Barclays Center to host the nation’s best high school all-star game,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said in a release. “We are proud to welcome the Jordan Brand Classic to Brooklyn and look forward to watching the future stars of the sport.”

Barclays Center, which opened in September, is the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and can seat 17,732 for basketball games.

The Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game will also be played at Barclays Center. The regional game had matched the best talent in the Carolinas and Virginia, but this year’s event will pit top players in the New York area in a “City vs. Suburbs” game.

Jordan was born in Brooklyn and lived there for less than two years before his family moved to Wilmington, where he lived until going to UNC Chapel Hill in 1981.

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