By ADAM ZAGORIA
More than 75 NBA personnel from all 30 NBA teams are expected on Tuesday for the Champions Classic in Chicago, a source close to the event told ZAGSBLOG.
No. 2 Duke faces No. 4 Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by No. 1 Kansas against No. 16 Kentucky at 9:30 (ESPN).
According to the latest ESPN.com NBA mock draft, Kentucky freshmen Justin Edwards and DJ Wagner are the No. 5 and 10 picks in next year’s draft, respectively. Kentucky sophomore big man Ugonna Onyenso is also projected at No. 30.
For Duke, sophomore forward Kyle Filipowski is at No. 9, sophomore guard Tyrese Proctor 14, freshman guard Jared McCain 16 and sophomore forward Mark Mitchell is 31.
Michigan State’s Xavier Booker is at No. 36.
Kansas freshman Elmarko Jackson — one of several high-profile freshmen nationally from New Jersey — is at No. 17.
Last year’s games featured several lottery picks in No. 10 Cason Wallace of Kentucky, No. 12 Derrick Lively II of Duke and No. 13 Gradey Dick of Kansas.
This is just the third time in the history of the Champions Classic that both teams in one game — Michigan State and Duke — will be entering with losses.
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