Flower Mound (Texas) forward Lauren Cox had just been born when Michael Jordan dropped Bryon Russell and drained a jump shot to capture his sixth NBA title back in 1998. She never saw Jordan glide from the free-throw line or drain clutch buzzer beaters time and time again.
Still, if you ask Cox who the greatest player is to ever lace ’em up, she won’t hesitate to give you a familiar answer.
“Michael Jordan’s the greatest,” said Cox, the No. 1 overall player in the ESPN 100 and a Baylor signee. “I didn’t get the chance to watch him play growing up, but I heard all about him and, yeah, I agree.”
Now she’ll get a chance to play in front of him.
Cox was one of 24 players representing 13 states selected for the Jordan Brand Classic, which tips April 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
WNBA star Maya Moore, the first female athlete signed by the Jordan Brand, has become an ambassador for the girls event and will spend time with the players during the week. She attended the inaugural JBC girls’ game last year and said she expects another great showing from this year’s crop.
“The energy and excitement from the female athletes was really neat to see,” Moore said of last year’s game. “I expect more of the same energy and excitement. Hopefully, I’ll continue to be able to talk to the girls about soaking in the experience, getting to do things in the community with some of the legends of the Brand and then seeing a lot of those players go on to success in college next year.”
Cox said she definitely plans to “soak it all in” during her first trip to New York City.
“I know it’s gonna be a lot of fun just being there,” Cox said. “I’ll be hanging out with a bunch of great players and playing in front of fans that are really passionate. There are so many great players that are associated with this game. This is a game I really wanted to be a part of so I’m very excited.”
Scroll the photo gallery to see who was selected and the team rosters: