Shabazz MuhammadAfter making a highly-anticipated pledge to UCLA on Wednesday,
scored 20 points Saturday to lead the West past the East 99-95 at the annual Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte, N.C.
After two months months of postseason play and several weeks of all-star events and showcases, the Jordan Brand Classic effectively marks the end of the 2011-12 high school basketball season.
Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard and MaxPreps first team All-American, helped the West erase a double-digit first half deficit under the watchful eye of the game's namesake, Michael Jordan. The Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
star connected on 8 of 14 field goal attempts and was named MVP for the West, an honor he also received at the McDonald's All-American Game.
The West also received double-digit scoring efforts from future Kentucky Wildcats Alex Poythress
(16 points) and Archie Goodwin
(14 points), along with Duke signee Rasheed Sulaimon
(13) and Baylor-bound 7-footer Isaiah Austin
, a 6-3 point guard headed to North Carolina State, notched a team-high 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting and earned MVP for the East.Kyle Anderson
, MaxPreps.com's National Player of the Year, added 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists for the East. Seven-footer Kaleb Tarczewski
, an Arizona signee, claimed the game's only double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.