Thursday, August 23, 2012
Elite 24: Teams, coaches announced
By Ronnie Flores
Under Armour Elite 24 alumni Brandon Jennings and Kemba Walker will lead the coaching staffs of the two teams at this year’s event held at Venice Beach, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25.
EVERYTHING ELITE 24
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.
Jennings, a point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks who began his prep career at nearby Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) before going to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, dished out an event record 23 assists in the 2007 game. He will team with Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick of the 2011 NBA Draft and an alum from La Mirada (Calif.), to lead the “Raymond Lewis” squad. Walker, who made 7-of-8 field goals en route to 16 points in that same 2007 game, will team with DeAndre Jordan, who participated in the inaugural event at Harlem’s famed Rucker Park in 2006, to lead the “Marques Johnson” squad.
Teams, in the tradition of the event, are named after Los Angeles playground legends.
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.
California's has five participants in the game split between both squads. Isaac Hamilton from St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Marcus Lee from Deer Valley of Antioch and Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year Aaron Gordon from Archbishop Mitty of San Jose will play on the Raymond Lewis squad. Jabari Bird from Salesian of Richmond and Stanley Johnson of Mater Dei of Santa Ana are on the Marques Johnson roster.
The 2012 Under Armour Elite 24 will be held at the Venice Beach outdoor courts in Los Angeles Aug. 24-25. The game airs live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug. 25, while the Under Armour Slam Dunk Contest will air Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
Here are the breakdowns of the Raymond Lewis and Marques Johnson all-star teams:
RAYMOND LEWIS SQUAD Head Coach: Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks)
Assistant Coach: Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves)