ESPN RISE Announces Boost Mobile Elite 24 Event Roster
Twenty Four of the Nation's Top Players Selected
ESPN RISE today revealed the complete roster of players selected for the 2008 Boost Mobile Elite 24 event. The 2008 event, which will be held on Friday, August 22 at New York City's Rucker Park, will feature 24 of the top high school basketball players from across the nation. Players are selected by a committee consisting of high school basketball experts from ESPN RISE Magazine, ESPN Scouts, Inc. and other leading talent evaluators. Players are selected based on their performance at AAU tournaments and national summer camps.
Fans of high school basketball will be treated to match ups between rival New Jersey-based players - St. Benedict's Tristan Thompson and St. Patrick's Dexter Strickland and teammate Michael Gilchrist; between Florida-based American Heritage's Kenny Boynton and Pine Crest's Brandon Knight; and New York-based Lincoln High School's Lance Stephenson and Rice's Durand Scott.
Thirteen players from the Class of 2009 were selected for 2008 Boost Mobile Elite 24 event. The Class of 2010 is represented by eight players and three players will represent the class of 2011; the Class of 2012 will not be represented.
Four players from the Class of 2009 have made verbal commitments to college: Erik Murphy to Florida, Jereme Richmond to Illinois, Maalik Wayns to Villanova and Dexter Strickland to North Carolina. Two from the Class of 2010 have also committed: Jared Sullinger to Ohio State University and Tristan Thompson to the University of Texas.
States represented in the 2008 Boost Mobile Elite 24 are: California - 2; Florida - 2; Georgia - 2; Illinois - 1; Massachusetts - 1; North Carolina - 4; New Jersey - 4; New York - 3; Ohio - 1; Pennsylvania - 1; Virginia - 1; Washington - 3;
The 2008 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Roster:
Name High School Position Class
Abdul Gaddy Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) PG 2009
Brandon Knight Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) PG 2010
Derrick Favors South Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.) PF 2009
Dexter Strickland St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) PG 2009
Dominic Cheek St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) SG 2009
Doron Lamb Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) PG 2010
Durand Scott Rice (New York, N.Y.) SG 2009
Erik Murphy St. Mark's (Southborough, Mass.) PF 2009
Jared Sullinger Northland (Columbus, Ohio) PF 2010
Jereme Richmond Waukegan (Waukegan, Ill.) SF 2010
Jeremy Tyler San Diego (San Diego, Calif.) PF 2010
John Wall Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.) PG 2009
Jordan Hamilton Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) SF 2009
Josh Smith Kentwood (Covingon, Wash.) C 2010
Karron Johnson Mount Zion Academy (Durham, N.C.) PF 2009
Kenny Boynton Jr. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) SG 2009
Lance Stephenson Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) SG 2009
LaQuinton Ross Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.) SG 2011
Maalik Wayns Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) PG 2009
Michael Gilchrist St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) SF 2011
Ryan Kelly Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.) PF 2009
Tony Wroten Jr. Garfield (Seattle, Wash.) SG 2011
Trae Golden McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) PG 2010
Tristan Thompson St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) SF 2010
About Boost Mobile Elite 24
Launched in 2006 by RISE Magazine, the Boost Mobile Elite 24 is the only basketball event in the country to feature the top 24 high school male basketball players regardless of class year or shoe affiliation. Played at New York's famed Rucker Park, Boost Mobile Elite 24 touts alumni that include top 2008 NBA draftees Michael Beasley, Jerryd Bayless and Kevin Love, and college bound freshmen Brandon Jennings (Arizona), Tyreke Evans (Memphis) and Jrue Holiday (UCLA). The game has featured guest coaches that include NBA stars Ben Gordon, Jason Kidd and Baron Davis; and its inaugural game was the subject of the documentary "Gunnin' for that #1 Spot", which debuted at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, and was produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and his production company Oscilloscope.
About ESPN RISE
ESPN RISE represents ESPN's commitment to providing its core fans, high school athletes, and their fans with content that celebrates high school sports in a unique way - across all of ESPN's platforms. ESPN RISE assets include RISE, GIRL, Hardwood and Gridiron magazines; Hoopgurlz.com; and Student Sports and its StudentSports.com and DyeStat.com, as well as its more than 160 grassroots high school sports events including Elite 11, Area Code Baseball and Nike Combines/Nike SPARQ Mini Camps. ESPN has a 20-year-history of covering high school sports (1980s) including boys' and girls' basketball, football and lacrosse competitions.
About Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile is a lifestyle brand and division of Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) that offers wireless phones and services with no contracts, credit checks or activation fees. Boost is among the most popular prepaid wireless brands in the U.S. and now has 4.4 million customers - the majority of which are 18 to 34 years old. Boost-branded wireless phones with its exclusive Boost® Walkie-Talkie service are available nationwide at approximately 17,500 major retail and independent wireless dealer locations; with Re-Boost® available at approximately 100,000 locations throughout the U.S. Purchase and experience Boost on the web at MySpace, Facebook and www.boostmobile.com.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand's moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a performance alternative to traditional natural fiber products. The Company's products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.underarmour.com.
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