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High School, Playground / Aug 18, 2009 / 12:25 pm

Elite 24 Kicks Off Best Basketball Weekend Of The Summer

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Trust me. We understand your frustration with the lack of hoop being played since NBA Summer League ended, but this weekend in NYC features two of the best events of the year: Boost Mobile Elite 24 and Nike Tournament of Champions. And it all starts this Friday up at Rucker Park.

In just four years, Elite 24 has become one of the best games of the year featuring some of the top talent out there at the high school level. Of the 24 players participating, eight of them have already committed to schools – Austin Rivers to Florida, Dion Waiters to Syracuse, Jared Sullinger to Ohio State, Kendall Marshall to North Carolina, Myck Kabongo to Texas, Terrence Ross to Maryland, Tristan Thompson to Texas and Will Barton to Memphis – and the rest of the guys will have all the scouts that make the trip the legendary Rucker Park trying get an inside edge.

The guys I’m most excited to see are Iowa’s Harrison Barnes (arguably the best player in the nation – click this link for the video evidence), Tennessee’s Joe Jackson (who has been murdering on the summer circuit), Washington’s Tony Wroten Jr. (the second-coming of Dwyane Wade) and Kansas’ Perry Ellis (who I wrote about in Dime #49).

Nowhere else do you get to see this much talent on the playground, and the game this year will be coached by two-time Elite 24 MVP Brandon Jennings, along with Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love and Tyreke Evans.

If you want to catch a glimpse this Friday, August 21, I’d say pack a lunch and arrive early as the park will be packed. The Slam Dunk Contest will begin at 5:30 PM, with the game schedule for 7:00 PM. If you can’t make it, the game will be televised on Saturday, August 22 at 7:00 PM on ESPNU.

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  • doc

    If I gotta eat lunch there for a 5:30 start I guess I’ll be ESPNUing it.

  • BiG ShoT BoB

    What no John Wall?

  • http://astrokidz.blogspot.com T.J.

    This will be a good game to catch. A Whole-lotta talent on the court.

  • hansosword

    no john wall????

  • don cannon

    he already graduated…its for high school players

  • Yoooo

    Wall played last year, get off his shmeat… Kyrie Irving is gonna be doggin’ niggas though. Jersey whatup?

  • Balla

    This must be the 1st year that Canada is represented in this game with 3 Toronto boys.

    Tristan Thompson, myck Kabongo and Cory Joseph.
    Joseph has been killin this summer.

  • david laneaux

    i think yall need to startin getting this player from mississippi name stanley magee he a true baller that dont get credit