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ESPN RISE held the fourth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 game tonight at the Gaucho’s Gym, Bronx, N.Y., after a two-hour rain delay forced the game to its alternate site from the planned Rucker Park location (where the game was played its first three years). The game featured 24 of the nation’s top prep players, regardless of grade or shoe affiliation, from across the country; Boost Mobile Elite 24 players are selected by a committee of high school basketball experts: ESPN RISE Magazine, ESPN Scouts, Inc. and other leading talent evaluators.
Before a standing-room-only crowd of approximately 1,800, that included Celtics Coach Doc Rivers and New York Knicks’ Wilson Chandler, the Skip to My Lou/White Team, coached by Celtics’ Rajon Rondo and Kings’ Tyreke Evans, defeated The Goat/Orange Team coached by Timberwolves’ Kevin Love and Buck’s Brandon Jennings 133 to 120. Doron Lamb and Tobias Harris stood out on the winning team garnering co-MVP titles; Josh Selby and C.J. Leslie were co-MVPs for The Goat/Orange Team. Skip to My Lou’s Doron Lamb was the game’s high scorer with 23 points; he also had six total rebounds and five assists. The Goat’s C.J. Leslie had a double/double with 15 points and 11 total rebounds; he had two assists.
|Austin Rivers||Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.)||PG||2011||No. 2, ESPNU Super 60||9|
|CJ Leslie||Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.)||PF||2010||No. 9, ESPNU 100||15|
|Cory Joseph||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||PG||2010||No. 30, ESPNU 100||2|
|DaJuan Coleman||Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)||PF||2012||No. 1, ESPNU Terrific 25||0|
|Dion Waiters||Life Center (Burlington, N.J.)||SG||2010||No. 14, ESPNU 100||15|
|Doron Lamb||Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||SG||2010||No. 33, ESPNU 100||23|
|Harrison Barnes||Ames (Ames, Iowa)||SG||2010||No. 1, ESPNU 100||18|
|Jared Sullinger||Northland (Columbus, Ohio)||PF||2010||No. 2, ESPNU 100||8|
|Joe Jackson||White Station (Memphis, Tenn.)||PG||2010||No. 21, ESPNU 100||10|
|Josh Selby||Lake Clifton (Baltimore, Md.)||PG||2010||No. 8, ESPNU 100||18|
|Josh Smith||Kentwood (Covington, Wash.)||C||2010||No. 10, ESPNU 100||4|
|Kendall Marshall||Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.)||PG||2010||No. 19, ESPNU 100||2|
|Kyrie Irving||St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)||PG||2010||No. 6, ESPNU 100||16|
|Myck Kabongo||St. Benedict’s (Newark, N.J.)||PG||2011||No. 14, ESPNU Super 60||16|
|Perry Ellis||Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.)||PF||2012||No. 2, ESPNU Terrific 25||2|
|Phil Pressey||Episcopal School (Dallas, Texas)||PG||2010||No. 31, ESPNU 100||4|
|Rakeem Christmas||Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.)||PF||2011||No. 13, ESPNU Super 60||6|
|Roscoe Smith||Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)||SF||2010||No. 16, in ESPNU 100||22|
|Terrence Jones||Jefferson (Portland, Ore.)||SF||2010||No. 15, ESPNU 100||8|
|Terrence Ross||Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)||SF||2010||No. 39, ESPNU 100||2|
|Tobias Harris||Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.)||PF||2010||No. 7, ESPNU 100||20|
|Tony Wroten Jr.||Garfield (Seattle, Wash.)||PG||2011||No. 5, ESPNU Super 60||9|
|Tristan Thompson||Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)||PF||2010||No. 11, ESPNU 100||6|
|Will Barton||Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)||SG||2010||No. 5, ESPNU 100||18|
**A complete Box Score is attached.
Due to the rain delay and change of venue, the tape delayed telecast of the game, scheduled to air on ESPNU today, Saturday, August, 22 was canceled. The ESPN RISE All-American Slam Dunk Contest was also canceled due to the weather.
Former Rucker player/coach and New York Post NBA columnist Peter Vecsey was a co-coach for The Goat and Brooklyn’s Lincoln High School coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton co-coach for winning team Skip to My Lou.
The Boost Mobile Elite 24 game was the culmination of a three-day event which featured a late-night run at Madison Square Garden, a community service project at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club (Bronx N.Y.), media day: panel discussion, practice session and scrimmage, and game.
Eight of the players have committed to colleges: Dion Waiters to Syracuse, Terrence Ross to Maryland, Myck Kabongo to Texas, Austin Rivers to Florida, Jared Sullinger to Ohio State, Kendall Marshall to North Carolina, Tristan Thompson to Texas, and Will Barton to Memphis.
Five of the players in the 2009 game also played in the 2008 game: Dion Waiters, Doron Lamb, Josh Smith, Jared Sullinger and Tristan Thompson.
The 2009 Boost Mobile Elite 24 consists of players that represent 16 states: Florida – 1; Iowa – 1; Kansas – 1; Maryland – 2; Nevada – 2; New Hampshire – 1; New Jersey – 3; New York – 2; North Carolina – 1; Ohio – 1; Oregon – 1; Pennsylvania – 1; Tennessee – 1; Texas – 1; Virginia – 3; and Washington – 2.
About Boost Mobile Elite 24
Launched in 2006 by RISE Magazine, the Boost Mobile Elite 24 is the only basketball event in the country to feature the top 24 high school male basketball players regardless of class year or shoe affiliation. Played at New York’s famed Rucker Park, Boost Mobile Elite 24 touts alumni that include NBA players Michael Beasley, Jerryd Bayless and Kevin Love, Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday and college bound Lance Stephenson, Derrick Favors and John Wall. The game has featured guest coaches that include current and former NBA stars Chauncey Billups, Kenny Anderson, Ben Gordon, Jason Kidd and Baron Davis; and its inaugural game was the subject of the documentary “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot”, which debuted at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, and was produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and his production company Oscilloscope.
About ESPN RISE
ESPN RISE represents ESPN’s commitment to engage and elevate high school athletes by providing them with recognition, resources, information and inspiration that can motivate them to improve their skills and achieve their goals to be the best athletes they can. ESPN RISE assets include ESPN RISE, GIRL, Hardwood and Gridiron magazines; ESPNRISE.com, Hoopgurlz.com and DyeStat.com; and more than 160 high school events including Elite 11, Elite 24, ESPN RISE Games, ESPN RISE National High School Invitational, Faster to First, Area Code Baseball and Nike Combines/Nike SPARQ Mini Camps. ESPN RISE is uniquely positioned to provide high school athletes and the company’s core fans with compelling high school sports content across all ESPN platforms.
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