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Ninth annual Elite 24 participants announced

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While the summer, from a basketball standpoint, is winding down there are still some top-level events on the calendar. One of those games it the 9th Annual Elite 24, which will be played at Pier 2 of the Brooklyn Bridge Park for the second consecutive year. Friday morning Under Armour issued a release of all 24* players selected to play in the game, which will be held on August 23.

Players were also revealed via the company’s official Twitter account, and while those names are known an announcement on which team they’ll play for will come at a later date. Below are the players and their respective hometowns, separated by high school class. 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe and 2016 guard Derryck Thornton were picked to play, but due to injuries they are unable to play in the game.

Class of 2015

G Antonio Blakeney (Sarasota, Florida)
G/F Jaylen Brown (Marietta, Georgia)
C Thomas Bryant (Rochester, New York)
G Bryant Crawford (Washington, D.C.)
F Cheick Diallo (Centereach, New York)
G Jawun Evans (Dallas, Texas)
F Brandon Ingram (Kinston, North Carolina)
F/C Chase Jeter (Las Vegas, Nevada/Duke commit)
F Derrick Jones (Radnor, Pennsylvania)
G Donovan Mitchell (Westchester, New York/Louisville commit)
G Malik Newman (Callaway, Mississippi)
C Ivan Rabb (Oakland, California)
C Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Class of 2016

G Tyus Battle (Gladstone, New Jersey)
G Terrance Ferguson (Dallas, Texas)
F Harry Giles (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
G Mustapha Heron (Waterbury, Connecticut/Pittsburgh commit)
G Josh Jackson (Detroit, Michigan)
F Thon Maker (Martinsville, Virginia)
G Malik Monk (Bentonville, Arkansas)
G Dennis Smith Jr. (Fayetteville, North Carolina)

Class of 2017

G Troy Brown Jr. (Las Vegas, Nevada)
G Jalek Felton (Mullins, South Carolina)

Big South moving 2016 conference tournament

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The Big South is moving its 2016 men’s basketball tournament out of Coastal Carolina and a new site will be figured out by November. According to a release from the conference the Big South is using a league bylaw that stipulates that members leaving with less than two years of notice are not eligible to host championships. Coastal Carolina announced this summer that it would be leaving for the Sun Belt as of July 2016, so the Big South wants to find a new location that benefits teams staying in the league.

The Big South men’s and women’s conference tournaments are now also going to be split into two unique events, with the men’s championships being held Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6. The women’s event comes the next week from March 10-13. Bids for both events will come into the league and a new location will be selected in the next few months.

It will be interesting to see if the site of the conference tournament is moved to a campus site or placed at a neutral venue. That type of thing could alter how the NCAA tournament autobid gets played out. With Coastal Carolina coming off of back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, this obviously changes their approach to the postseason now that they have to leave their city.

Virginia Tech could redshirt sophomore guard

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Virginia Tech is trying to decide what to do with injury sophomore guard Ahmed Hill, who had surgery this summer to deal with a tear in his patella tendon in his left knee.

The 6-foot-5 Hill has still not been released to work out with the team, but he is about a week to 10 days ahead of schedule in his rehab. But the injury is still nagging enough that Hill might not be healthy enough to really contritbute this season. Head coach Buzz Williams is deciding soon whether he wants to redshirt Hill or not.

Hill started a team-high 30 games for the Hokies last season, averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

“I don’t have a decision on (Hill),” Williams said to reporters on Monday. “I will make the final decision. I’ll let (him) and his mom be a part of it, but I want to make a decision using the wisdom of doing this for a long period of time. If you let a kid make the decision, they always want to play.

“Right now, I don’t feel comfortable that I would want to play him. It’s just too early to be able to have much more of an answer than that.”

It’s still a rebuilding year for Virginia Tech, but they do get Maryland transfer Seth Allen, who is a talented guard who can score. The Hokies were hoping to have Hill and Allen as complimentary perimeter scorers, but now the plans might have to be altered. Williams went on to say that he would like to make a decision on Hill’s status by Halloween.