DURHAM, N.C. - Duke signee Kyrie Irving was named Co-Most Valuable Player at the Jordan Brand Classic All-Star game Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Irving and his team the Black Jerseys were on the losing end of a 129-125 game. The West Orange, N.J. native shared the MVP honors with Harrison Barnes of the white Jerseys. Irving helped his team rally from a 19-point deficit as they trailed 75-56 at halftime.
Coming off the bench, Irving scored a team-high 22 points on 6-of-10 from the field, 2-of-4 from the three-point line and 8-of-12 from the free throw line. He also tallied a team-high seven assists, three rebounds and one steal.
Previous Jordan Brand Classic MVPs have included Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech) and Renardo Sidney (Mississippi State) in 2009, Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) and Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings) in 2008, Donte Greene (Sacramento Kings) and Corey Fisher (Villanova) in 2007, Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers) in 2006, Tyler Hansbrough(Indiana Pacers) and Andray Blatche (Washington Wizards) in 2005, Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) in 2004, LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Shannon Brown (Los Angeles Lakers) in 2003, and Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) and Sean May
(Sacramento Kings) in 2002.