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February 2, 2012Kentucky basketball signees Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin are among 20 high school players selected for the Jordan Brand Classic game in April - generally considered one of the nation's two most prestigious high school all-star games.
The game will be played April 14 (7 p.m., ESPN) at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
Las Vegas wing player Shabazz Muhammad, the nation's No. 1 senior prospect; Las Vegas power forward Anthony Bennett, ranked No. 7; and Georgia center Tony Parker, ranked No. 33; are uncommitted UK targets also selected for the game.
Goodwin, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Arkansas, is ranked as the nation's No. 12 senior. Poythress, a 6-8 forward from Tennessee is No. 19 in the nation.
Goodwin, Poythress, Muhammad and Bennett will be part of the 10-player West team.
Parker is part of the East team.
Having multiple UK recruits in the Jordan game has become an annual tradition for the Wildcats under third-year coach John Calipari.
All four of UK's 2011 signees - Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer - played in it last year. Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb participated in 2010, and John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton were Jordan All-Americans in 2009.
Another 2010 UK signee, Enes Kanter of Turkey, participated in the 2009 Jordan Brand International game. Rosters for this year's International game haven't been announced.
Goodwin, Poythress and UK signee Willie Cauley of Kansas have also been nominated for selection to the McDonald's All-American Game, the nation's other top high school all-star game. At least Goodwin and Poythress would figure to be likely inclusions for that game, which will be played in Chicago in March.