The Under Armour Elite 24 took place last Saturday on Pier 2 in Brooklyn. The high-scoring game had no shortage of highlights, but what the ESPNU audience didn’t see were the pregame warmups, where the layup lines became an encore to Friday’s dunk contest.
HoopsMixtape complied some of the best dunks and dunk attempts before the game began. Derrick Jones, who won the Elite 24 dunk contest, Donovan Mitchell, who had the play of the night, and Terrance Ferguson, one of the top high-flyers in the junior class, were all featured in the video.
The video also includes the misses, such as Kwe Parker missing a cradle 360 dunk at the 0:20 second mark. The only thing is the 6-foot-2 guard has thrown that down twice this summer (here and here).
The green team, Team Liberty defeated Team Freedom, 127-116, in the ninth annual Elite 24.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”
The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.
Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”
Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.
The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.