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Elite 24: Second dozen players revealed

August, 9, 2012
The final 12 players selected to participate in the seventh annual Under Armour Elite 24 event at California's Venice Beach were announced on Thursday.

Featuring 24 of the nation's top high school basketball players, Under Armour Elite 24 participants are selected based on their performance during AAU tournaments and national summer camps by ESPN high school basketball experts. The first 12 players were announced last week.

The 2012 Under Armour Elite 24 will be held at the Venice Beach Courts in Los Angeles Aug. 24-25. The game airs live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET Aug. 25, while the Under Armour Slam Dunk Contest will air Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Aaron Gordon, ranked No. 6 in the ESPN 100, leads the class of 2013 contingent. Also included is Jabari Bird, ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100 and Gordon's teammate on the Oakland Soldiers AAU club. The duo led the Oakland Soldiers to the Nike Peach Jam title last month. The Elite 24 roster includes five of the top 10 players in the ESPN 100.

Tyus Jones, the No. 2-ranked player in the ESPN 60, leads the class of 2014 contingent. Three of the top six players in the ESPN 60 are on the Elite 24 roster.

Five Under Armour Elite 24 players have committed to colleges: Nate Britt II to North Carolina, Aquille Carr to Seton Hall, Nigel Williams-Goss to Washington, and both Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene to Kansas.

Below is the full list of the second 12 players selected to the game. The specific team rosters and dunk contest participants will be announced prior to the event. To view the first dozen players, CLICK HERE.

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Ballers dish on goals for AAU

April, 26, 2012
This time last year Rodney Purvis, a senior shooting guard at Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), was intent on using the AAU season to improve his all-around game.

“I wanted to get better in every aspect of my game,” said Purvis, an N.C. State signee. “That was what I was focused on.”

A year later, Purvis has won a state title, was named North Carolina’s Mr. Basketball, made the McDonald’s All-American Game and won MVP of the Jordan Brand All-American Game.

He even won the ESPNHS Fans’ Choice Player of the Year award.

“Hard work pays off,” Purvis said. “Younger guys have to go into AAU with goals. That’s the key.”

We caught up with a handful of underclassmen and had them dish on their goals for the AAU season.

Julius Randle
High School: Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), 2013, PF
AAU Team: Team Texas Titans
My goal for the AAU season is to …
“Gain a better understanding of the game and to learn to read defenses better. Right now I’m still learning when and how to attack the defense. They end up loading up on me. So I want to increase my basketball IQ.”

Tyus Jones
High School: Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.), 2014, PG
AAU Team: Howard Pulley Panthers
My goal for the AAU season is to …
“Become a more vocal leader and a better rebounder and a better defender.”

Isaiah Lewis
High School: Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), 2013, SG
AAU Team: NY Metro Hawks
My goal for the AAU season is to …
“Be a top 50 player. I’ve been improving my game since my freshman year and I’m gonna show everyone this summer.”

Jahlil Okafor
High School: Whitney Young (Chicago), 2014, C
AAU Team: Mac Irvin Fire
My goal for the AAU season is to …
“Be a better defender. I want to be able to be able to defend out of my area and become more of a shot blocker. I have most of the offense down, but I’m really concentrating on my defense to be more of a threat.”

Wayne Selden
High School: Tilton (N.H.), 2014, SG
My goal for the AAU season is to …
“Improve my overall game and polish all of my skills. Coming off of an injury that had me out for almost three months I feel like I have a lot to gain this AAU season. I want to take my offensive and defensive game to another level.”

Brannen Greene
High School: Mary Persons (Monroe, Ga.), 2013, SG
AAU Team: Florida Rams
Committed to: Kansas
My goal for the AAU season is to …
“Gain more exposure and play against the best competition. I want to become the best player that I can be. I already know where I’m going to school so I’m just working hard to get better and play in the Elite 24, McDonald’s and Jordan Brand.”

Austin Nichols
High School: Briarcrest (Eads, Tenn.), 2013, PF
AAU Team: M33M
My goal for the AAU season is to …
“Have fun knowing that this is my last year. I also want to play to the best of my ability.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN