Basketball fans are accustomed to watching their favorite teams play in enormous indoor stadiums that feature pyrotechnics, giant screens and all the overpriced snacks they can handle. However, anyone who’s played the game can probably remember a time they bounced the ball on the blacktop of the street for hours.
The nation’s top high school prospects will get the opportunity to do just that at the Under Armour Elite 24 in Brooklyn. Here is a look at some details for the event and broadcast information, courtesy of Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv and zagsblog.com.
|Saturday, August 23||Pier 2 of the Brooklyn Bridge Park||7 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Isaiah Briscoe (injured)||2015|
|Derryck Thornton (injured)||2015|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||2016|
|Troy Brown Jr.||2017|
It is an absolute honor to be selected to play at the Elite 24. Since it began, 40 players who have participated were eventually taken in the first round of the NBA draft and three were taken No. 1 overall.
Elite 24’s founder, Kris Stone, discussed the event, via Zagoria:
For the past nine years the Elite 24 has been a platform created to celebrate the heart and soul of the game. Being played outdoors keeps the game authentic to anyone who wants to get better. This game brings together the world’s best high school basketball players, regardless of grade, battling it out for bragging rights.
Zagoria provided more details for this year’s version:
The Elite 24 has been played on outdoor courts beginning with the inaugural game in 2006 at Rucker Park in Harlem. The outdoor court embodies a unique and exciting dynamic between the players and fans, creating an electric, once-in-a-lifetime basketball experience. The event also features a Dunk contest, Skills contest and Three-Point contest that will take place on Friday, August 22. Friday night action will be carried live on ESPN3 and will re-air on ESPNU on Saturday, August 23 at noon ET.
Every player participating will likely shine one day at the collegiate or professional level but here is a look at two in particular to keep an eye on.
Players to Watch
Ivan Rabb is a 5-star prospect and the No. 4 overall player in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He checks in at 6’10” tall and 210 pounds and has drawn interest from Arizona, North Carolina and Kansas, among others.
Rabb will flash his quickness and impressive footwork on the block at the Elite 24, which help him consistently score from the low block. However, Rabb is more than just an offensive force.
He controls the glass and swats shots with an athleticism and leaping ability that allow him to cover the entire lane. There are plenty of college teams that covet inside production like that, and it will be on full display in Brooklyn.
Stephen Zimmerman is a 5-star prospect who is seen as the No. 3 center and No. 11 overall player by 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is slightly bigger than Rabb at 6’11” and 214 pounds and will have the chance to prove himself against the nation’s best.
The first thing that jumps out about Zimmerman’s game is his versatility. Despite his size, he can hit from behind the three-point line, thread the needle with passes when he is doubled and drop a soft hook shot when he needs to score. Look for all of that in Brooklyn.
He is also an impressive rebounder, which is to be expected for someone that tall.
Many of the best college programs in the country have recruited the youngster, including Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Arizona and Indiana. However, don’t overlook UNLV when it comes to the Las Vegas native.
Zimmerman would be a program-altering commit for the Mountain West school.
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