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.
The ninth annual Elite 24 took place on Saturday night at Pier 2 in Brooklyn. With the New York City skyline in the background, it provided one of the best venues for outdoor basketball. As for the game, there was no shortage of dunks. Team Liberty led by Jaylen Brown and Duke commit Chase Jeter, went on to defeat Team Freedom, 127-116.
The weekend included plenty of highlights from Derrick Jones’ performance in the Dunk Contest on Friday night all the way to Donovan Mitchell ridiculous one-handed dunk on Saturday.
While Mitchell’s alley-oop was the highlight of the night, arguably the most exciting portion of the game was the back-and-forth, one-on-one battle between Malik Newman and Antonio Blakeney, two five-star 2015 guards.
Jeter and Brown were named co-MVPs for the winning team. Josh Jackson and Harry Giles were co-MVPs for Team Freedom.
Saturday night’s Under Armour Elite 24 may have been short on lockdown defenders (to be fair, what all-star game isn’t?) but it wasn’t short on highlights, with Jaylen Brown and Duke commit Chase Jeter leading Team Liberty to a 127-116 win over Team Freedom. Ballislife East put together a video of the top ten plays in the game, which includes individual showdowns between Brown and 2016 guard Josh Jackson, and 2015 guards Antonio Blakeney and Malik Newman.
And the top play, completed by Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell, is a sight to behold.
Video credit: Ballislife East
The tenth annual Under Armour Elite 24 was played Saturday night at Pier 2 in Brooklyn, and the game did not disappoint from an entertainment standpoint. Team Liberty, led by 2015 stars Jaylen Brown and Chase Jeter, erased a nine-point halftime deficit to win by the final score of 127-116. Brown scored 23 points and Jeter, who has verbally committed to attend Duke, added 17 to go along with an event-record 15 rebounds. For their efforts Brown and Jeter were named co-MVP’s of the game.
Also on the winning team was 2015 shooting guard Antonio Blakeney, who scored 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field. Team Liberty finished the game with four double-digit scorers, as 2016 forward Jayson Tatum finished with 14 points.
Despite coming out on the short end on the scoreboard Team Freedom was far more balanced offensively, as seven players managed to score at least ten points. 2016 guard Josh Jackson led the way with 18 points, 2015 guard Malik Newman 17 and 2016 forward Harry Giles added 16 to go along with 11 rebounds. Jackson and Giles were selected MVP’s for Team Freedom.
Team Liberty outscored Team Freedom 67-47 in the second half, and the game was dominated by slashers with there being few consistent perimeter shooters on the court. Team Liberty made just three of its 20 attempts from beyond the arc (0-for-12 in the first half), with Team Freedom shooting 8-for-26 on the night.
The tenth annual Under Armour Elite 24 will be played Saturday night in Brooklyn, and while that game is certain to provide highlights the same can be said of the practice session the two teams participated in earlier this week. Ballislife put together a video of the top ten plays from that practice, with elite prospects such as Chase Jeter, Thon Maker and Dennis Smith Jr. making appearances.
In regards to Maker’s spot on the countdown, Cardozo High School head coach Ron Naclerio was an unfortunate victim of one of the 7-footer’s follow dunks. Good to see Naclerio have a little fun with the situation. And the top play was another piece of evidence of Kwe Parker’s elite leaping ability.
Video credit: Ballislife