Saturday, August 11, 2012
Elite 24: Gordon, Bird selected
By Ronnie Flores
The final 12 players selected to participate in the seventh annual Under Armour Elite 24 event at Venice Beach were announced last 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 two week ago.
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The Under Armour Elite 24 is a celebration of streetball's past, present and future. The 2012 game will be televised live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET Aug. 25, with the dunk contest on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET Aug. 24.
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, last season's Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball state player of the year and the No. 6 ranked prospect 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. Gordon and Bird led their respective high school teams to state championships last season and the duo led the 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.
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.