Max Esteban, who currently plays for Barça Lassa B, took part in the 2014 edition of the Jordan Brand Classic. | FCB ARCHIVE

The Jordan Brand Classic is coming back to the Palau Blaugrana. After hosting the 2013 and 2014 editions of the prestigious game featuring Europe’s best 40 under-16 players, the home arena of the FC Barcelona Lassa basketball team will once again be the backdrop to the Classic. This year’s 16th edition will be played on Sunday, 12 March at 9.00pm CET.

Ray Allen, who was a 10-time NBA all-star during an 18-year career in which he played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat, is the Jordan Brand Classic’s guest of honor.

Although the game will be the centerpiece, the Jordan Brand Classic is a full weekend event. It begins Friday, 10 March at the Ciutat Esportiva, and continues through Saturday and Sunday, when the players will practice at FC Barcelona’s suburban training facilities ahead of the game.

Allen will be alongside the players throughout the weekend and will take part in their practice sessions.

Among Europe’s 40 best are three players — Oier Ardanza, Erik Kall and Tom Digbeu — who currently starring in the lower categories of Barça’s basketball section. Current Barça B players Stefan Peno and Max Esteban played in past editions.

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