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Under Armour today announced the teams for Saturday night’s Elite 24 game at the Tobacco Warehouse under the Brooklyn Bridge.
The game airs live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, while the Slam Dunk Contest and Skills Competition will air Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
“It’s a great group of high school players and future college stars, and with hard work and development, a number of them will make the NBA,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv.
Cheick Diallo, a high-flying 2015 6-foot-10 forward from Our Savior New American, replaces Kentucky commit Karl Towns Jr. on Team Bed Stuy. Towns Jr. is training with the Dominican National Team.
That team will also feature Syracuse-bound forward Chris McCullough as well as Minnesota star Rashad Vaughn, who is both being targeted by Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, among others. Minnesota forward Reid Travis is out with an injury.
Devin Booker, Stanley Johnson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kelly Oubre and Stephen Zimmerman are also on Team Bed Stuy, as are North Carolina commits JoelBerry and Theo Pinson.
Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead is now on team Coney Island, appropriate since he lives there.
Team Coney Island also features Myles Turner, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, Malik Newman, Ohio State pledge D’Angelo Russell and Carolina commit Justin Jackson.
“Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Justin Jackson, Myles Turner, D’Angelo Russell and Chris McCullough are at the top of most scouts’ lists going into this season,” the NBA scout said.
Team Bed-StuyName Hometown ESPN Rank College
Joel Berry Apopka, FL 14 North Carolina
Devin Booker Ocean Springs, MS 16 Undecided
Cheick Diallo** Centereach, NY 10 (2015) Undecided
Harry Giles* Winstom-Salem, NC 1 (2016) Undecided
Stanley Johnson Fullerton, CA 12 Undecided
Chris McCullough Bronx, NY 7 Syracuse
Emmanuel Mudiay Dallas, TX 5 Undecided
Kelly Oubre Richmond, TX 20 Undecided
Theo Pinson Greensboro, NC 13 North Carolina
Reid Travis* Minneapolis, MN 40 Undecided
Romelo Trimble Upper Marlboro, MD 45 Maryland
Rashad Vaughn Golden Valley, MN 11 Undecided
Stephen Zimmerman Las Vegas, NV 7 (2015) Undecided
**Replaced Karl Towns, Jr.
Team Coney IslandName Hometown ESPN Rank College Commitment
Chris Chiozza Bartlett, TN 39 Florida
Justin Jackson Tomball, TX 8 North Carolina
Tyus Jones Apple Valley, MN 3 Undecided
Thon Maker Martinsville, VA 2 (2016) Undecided
Malik Newman Ridgeland, MS 2 (2015) Undecided
Goodluck Okonoboh Woburn, MA 19 Undecided
Ivan Rabb Oakland, CA 1 (2015) Undecided
D’Angelo Russell Lousiville, KY 23 Ohio State
Myles Turner Bedford, TX 10 Undecided
Isaiah Whitehead Brooklyn, NY 35 Undecided
Justice Winslow Houston, TX 15 Undecided
Dion Wiley Oxon Hill, MD 26 Maryland
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.