Commentary

Grades are in for Elite 24

Updated: August 24, 2009, 5:28 PM ET
By Ryan Canner-O'Mealy and Jon Mahoney | ESPN RISE Magazine

BRONX, N.Y. -- After getting rained out at Rucker Park on Friday, the Boost Mobile Elite 24 switched venues at the last minute. Nearly three hours after the scheduled tip-off time, the fourth annual game finally got underway at Gauchos Gym in the Bronx.

[+] EnlargeDoron Lamb
Ned Dishman New York native Doron Lamb felt right at home at Gauchos Gym, scoring a game-high 23 points.

Normally we're tough graders, but with everything the ballers had to deal with, we decided to take it easy on them.

Here's a breakdown of everybody who played in Skip To My Lou's 133-120 win over The Goat squad.

Skip to My Lou

Doron Lamb -- A
The hometown boy made good, leading all scorers with 23 points and adding six boards and five assists. Lamb, an NYC native who's a senior at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), earned co-MVP honors.

Roscoe Smith -- A
The Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) senior put the ball up a lot (19 shots) but made his fair share of them, finishing with 22 points and seven rebounds.

Tobias Harris -- A
Harris, a native New Yorker who's a senior at Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.), flashed his all-around game, finishing with 20 points and five rebounds to earn co-MVP honors.

Will Barton -- A
Perhaps the game's toughest player, Barton took a nasty spill in the first half and rebounded to finish with 18 points. He'll be a senior at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) this year.

Kendall Marshall -- A-
The Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.) senior got everyone involved, finishing with a game-high eight dimes. Marshall, who added three steals, doesn't get an A because he was on the receiving end of a nasty Josh Selby dunk.

Harrison Barnes -- B+
The Ames (Iowa) senior is the nation's No. 1 player in the ESPNU 100, but his fundamentally sound game isn't conducive to the streetball setting. Still, he managed to finish with 18 points and six boards despite six turnovers.

Joe Jackson -- B+
At only 5-foot-10 (at best), Jackson had the crowd on his side. The feisty playmaker finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four dimes.

Josh Smith -- B
Games like this aren't ideal for big men, and Smith didn't get too many touches down low. But the Kentwood (Covington, Wash.) senior did his thing, grabbing seven boards and blocking a couple of shots.

Rakeem Christmas -- B
Another big man with unreal potential, Christmas blocked a team-high three shots while adding six points and four rebounds. He's a junior at Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.).

Terrence Jones -- B
When Jones shot it, he didn't miss. The Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) senior made all four of his attempts but didn't do much else, finishing with three rebounds and zero assists.

Cory Joseph -- B-
The Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) playmaker struggled to get in a rhythm all night, finishing with two points, two rebounds, an assist and three turnovers.

DaJuan Coleman -- B-
Coleman's stat line wasn't pretty (0 points, 2 rebounds), but don't be too hard on the kid. Big men usually struggle at these type of events. Plus he's only entering his sophomore year at Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.). Coleman has star written all over him.

The Goat Squad

Josh Selby: A
With a team-high 18 points -- not to mention a gang of nasty dunks -- the Lake Clifton (Baltimore, Md.) senior guard was hands-down the most exciting player in the game. Hey, when one of your flushes causes some of the crowd to spill onto the court, you know you're doing something right.

Kyrie Irving: A
The St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) senior guard was his normally consistent self in tallying 16 points and tossing two sweet alley-oop lobs to Josh Selby.

C.J. Leslie: A
Nicknamed "Talk of the Town," the Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.) senior forward grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 15 points and two blocks.

Myck Kabongo: A-
Though he's only going into his junior year at St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.), Kabongo showed no fear. He displayed his long-range shooting by knocking down four trifectas en route to 16 points.

Dion Waiters: A-
"Can't Wait" was tough to stop downtown and at the hoop. Playing in his second Boost Mobile Elite 24, the Syracuse-bound guard from Life Center (Burlington, N.J.) scored 15 points.

Jared Sullinger: B+
Big men don't often get to show off in the Boost Mobile Elite 24. So when they get the ball, they better make the most of it. A senior forward at Northland (Columbus, Ohio), Sullinger made 4-of-6 shots for eight points in only 16 minutes.

Tony Wroten Jr.: B+
With a mixture of skill and confidence, the Garfield (Seattle) junior guard proved he was one of the Boost Mobile Elite 24's best players for the second straight year. He finished with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Austin Rivers: B+
Rivers was calm, cool and collected while playing in his first Boost Mobile Elite 24 with his dad, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, watching from the sidelines. Austin, a Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.) junior guard, scored nine points, played tough D and gave outstanding effort on both ends of the floor.

Perry Ellis: B
Ellis was one of only two sophomores in the game. But the Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) forward didn't seem fazed by the atmosphere and was second on his team with seven boards.

Phil Pressey: B
Even in a streetball setting, the Episcopal (Dallas) senior point guard didn't force anything while running the show. He ended up with four points, three assists and zero turnovers.

Terrence Ross: B-
To be fair, Ross only played 12 minutes and did show a lot of hustle. But the Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) senior failed to assert himself on the offensive end.

Tristan Thompson: B-
When you're rated No. 11 in the ESPNU 100 like the Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) big man, we expect a little more than zero rebounds in 14 minutes. That said, the Texas-bound Thompson did flash tremendous athleticism for a 6-foot-9 forward.

Ryan Canner-O'Mealy and Jon Mahoney cover high school sports for ESPN RISE Magazine.

Jon Mahoney is a football and baseball editor for ESPNHS. Email him at jon.mahoney@espn.com.

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