Elite 24

Andrew Wiggins, Harrison twins highlight 1st 12 players on Under Armour Elite 24 roster

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The Under Armour Elite 24 game, the seventh annual gathering of some of the top talent in the country for an event in Los Angeles, Calif., now has half of its roster set, announced Tuesday.

The first 12 players are headlined by Andrew Wiggins, the Canadian star from the Class of 2014 who dominated the summer circuit this year, along with Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the most coveted recruiting package deal in the country.

Among the others on the roster are Jermaine Lawrence, who broke out during the spring on the AAU circuit, as well as Julius Randle, who played in the 2011 game and is coming off a memorable battle with Wiggins at Nike Peach Jam.

The festivities in Venice Beach will take place August 24-25, with the Elite 24 game on August 25, preceded on the 24th by the dunk contest.

Check out the initial half of the roster below, with team names, dunk contest participants, and the rest of the Elite 24 participants to be announced in early August.

2012 Elite 24 Roster, Part I

Nate Britt     | Committed to UNC

Aquille Carr | Committed to Seton Hall

Isaac Hamilton  | Undecided

Aaron Harrison | Undecided

Andrew Harrison | Undecided

Kuran Iverson   | Undecided

Rondae Jefferson  | Undecided

Jermaine Lawrence | Undecided

Marcus Lee    | Undecided

Julius Randle | Undecided

Wayne Selden | Undecided

Andrew Wiggins | Undecided

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.