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Past 5 Classic MVP Winners

Every tournament MVP so far has been a member of the championship team.
The top three NBA prospects out of this group of MVPs are Ty Lawson, James Harden, and Jrue Holiday (in no order), better NBA prospects have played at the Classic (ex. Demar Derozan, Brook Lopez) but didn’t play well enough to win a championship or garner MVP Honors.
2003 – Tywon Lawson (5’11” 185) – Bishop McNamara 
Lawson won the Classic MVP as a sophomore at Bishop McNamara, before transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his senior year when he was named an All-American. Ty Lawson is now the blazing fast point guard for the #1 team in the country, the UNC Tarheels featuring NCAA POY Tyler Hansbrough. The junior ball-handler has averaged at least 10 ppg and 5 apg, although he was bothered by a nagging ankle injury throughout last season. He is close to full-strength this season and was just named MVP of the Maui Invitational Tournament which UNC won by beating Notre Dame. 

2004 – Matt Bouldin (6’5” 214) – ThunderRidge
Matt Bouldin also won the Classic MVP as a junior, and returned with his ThunderRidge Colorado team during his senior year, but with much less success as they didn’t even reach the semifinals in a loaded 2005 field. He now plays shooting guard and small forward for a talented #10 Gonzaga team, the heavy favorite to win the West Coast Conference, and a team looking to make an major impact in the NCAA tournament. Last year he averaged 13 ppg. He starts alongside reigning WCC MVP Jeremy Pargo and skilled big men Austin Daye and Josh Heytvelt.
2005 – James Harden (6’4” 218) – Artesia
Harden won the Classic MVP as a junior member of a stacked Artesia team with Derek Glasser (ASU, then a senior) and Malik Story (Indiana, then a sophomore) that beat out rival L.A. area school Westchester for the title. Harden exploded onto the NCAA scene as a crafty shooting guard last year during his freshman season at Arizona State, with 18 ppg and 5 rpg, and was named to the 1st Team All Pac 10 squad, along with fellow Classic alumni Brook Lopez (San Joaquin Memorial, Stanford) and Ryan Anderson (Oak Ridge, Cal). This year he has been on many preseason All-American lists, and will look to lead ASU deep into the NCAA tourney.
2006 – Justin Holiday (6’6” 180) & Jrue Holiday (6’3” 200) (CO-MVPs) – Campbell Hall
Justin was a senior and his little brother Jrue was a junior when the became the first and only Co-MVPs in Classic history. They led a sound Campbell Hall team that played great defense and had solid fundamentals. Justin is now a sophomore at Washington and teammate of San Joaquin Memorial alum and Classic 2005 Dunk Champion Quincy Pondexter and Crenshaw graduate and 2006 Classic Dunk Champion Darnell Gant. So far he has seen little playing time under coach Lorenzo Romar. He racked up 13 points and 25 rebounds during his freshman season. Jrue returned with Campbell Hall for a 1 game showcase at the Classic his senior year, where they avenged their only loss from his junior season and beat St. Andrew’s Prep School. Jrue now starts as a freshman at UCLA (with top PG Darren Collison and JW North and Classic alum Malcolm Lee), and is expected to be a big contributor this year as they try to defend their Pac 10 title and return to the Final Four. He is the one of the best all-around guards in the nation, because of his stellar defense and rebounding. So far this season he has averaged nearly 10 ppg. He has also stressed the fact that he expects to return to UCLA next year, and does not plan on being a “1 and Done” prospect (unlike his L.A. area guard counterpart, Demar Derozan who many expect to leave USC after his freshman year and be a Top 5 overall NBA draft selection).

2007 – Reggie Moore (6’1” 180) – Rainier Beach
Moore led a very fast paced and high flying, but fundamentally sound Rainier Beach team to a championship in a very tough field under coach Mike Bethea. He and Aaron Dotson combined for a strong backcourt combo that no other team could match. Fast with the ball in his hands and blessed with a deep roster of talented players to distribute the ball to, Moore flourished at the point throughout the Classic. He scored 22 points and had 12 assists in Rainier Beach’s 77-67 win over Storm Warren’s (LSU) Richwood Tigers (LA) in the final game. Moore is a streaky shooter and although small he is very strong, but regardless didn’t receive enough attention as many scouts feel he deserved from major Pac 10 programs and committed to Fresno State. He was also named MVP of the season, when he led “The Beach” to a Class 3A State title and a 29-1 record. Eventually though, Moore decided to take his game to a 1 year prep school instead of Fresno State, in hopes of getting a scholarship offer from a better basketball program.
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  3. jose
    April 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    All the mvp players look alright and they are bad wen they play..

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