HARBOR CITY, Calif. -- Greater D.C. hoop stars Justin Anderson and Nate Britt showed why they are among the nation’s elite during the Boost Mobile Elite 24 midnight run last night. The duo was among the contingent of high school players that matched up against NBA stars Kemba Walker, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Williams, Brandon Jennings, Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton. While the NBA stars dominated most of the contests, Britt and Anderson each had their moments in the spotlight.
Britt was locked up one-on-one with Jennings on several occasions, but did not relent in defending the Milwaukee point guard closely. Britt, a junior at Gonzaga and the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in D.C., helped force a turnover on a Jennings’ drive down the stretch then converted a game-winning pull-up jumper moments later. The victory was disputed by the NBA team, which argued the contest had ended earlier after an and-one, but many of the observers agreed the prep team took the W.
Earlier in the day, Anderson proclaimed to be one of the nation’s premier dunkers. He validated that statement with his own impromptu dunk show in his last game of the day. The bouncy Montrose Christian senior threw down several flushes, including a vicious one-handed slam that earned praise from the NBA players. Anderson was also a bulldog on defense, frustrating Jennings at times and effectively playing the passing lanes.
“Defense is what I do,” says Anderson, who was champing at the bit for an invitation for Friday’s dunk contest. “It doesn’t matter who you are, I’m going to pull my handcuffs out and lock you up. That’s the most important thing in the game. If you can defend you can go pretty far.”