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Saturday / February 23.
  • Cheek, Wall Share Co-MVPs in Boost Mobile; Lance Drops 29, Strickland Wins Dunk Contest

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    It was big night for the locals in the 3rd Annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 event at Harlem’s Rucker Park.

    Dominic Cheek of St. Anthony in Jersey City poured in 23 points and John Wall of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God added 10, including a dunk that made SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays, to lead the Blue/Skip to My Lou team to a 135-121 victory over the White/The Goat squad  before a packed house that included Beastie Boy Adam Rauch and Knicks guard Nate Robinson.

    Cheek and Wall were named Co-MVPs for the winners, while New York’s Doron Lamb added 25 points for Skip to My Lou. Lamb has transferred to Oak Hill Academy from Bishop Loughlin. Derrick Favors of South Atlanta High, the No. 1 player in the new rankings, tallied 16 points and seven rebounds in a winning effort.

    Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson rebounded from a groin injury to score a game-high 29 points for the losers; he also threw a nifty behind the back pass for an assist that made SportsCenter. He was named Co-MVP for his team along with Villanova-bound PG Maalik Wayns, who scored 10, and continued to try to recruit his good friend Cheek to Villanova.

    North Carolina commit Dexter Strickland of St. Patrick scored 17 points for The Goat, and also won the inaugural Slam Dunk contest with a one-handed slam (sometimes he seems like he’s flying out there), beating out Cheek, Jeremy Tyler and Jordan Hamilton.

    Rice senior guard Durand Scott added 15 points for the losers.


    Name High School Position Class Points
    Abdul Gaddy Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) PG 2009 0
    Brandon Knight Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) PG 2010 12
    Derrick Favors South Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.) PF 2009 16
    Dexter Strickland St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) PG 2009 17
    Dion Waiters Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.) SG 2010 8
    Dominic Cheek St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) SG 2009 23
    Doron Lamb Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) PG 2010 25
    Durand Scott Rice (New York, N.Y.) SG 2009 15
    Erik Murphy St. Mark’s (Southborough, Mass.) PF 2009 9
    Jared Sullinger Northland (Columbus, Ohio) PF 2010 6
    Jeremy Tyler San Diego (San Diego, Calif.) PF 2010 8
    John Wall Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.) PG 2009 10
    Jordan Hamilton Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) SF 2009 13
    Josh Smith Kentwood (Covingon, Wash.) C 2010 11
    Karron Johnson Mount Zion Academy (Durham, N.C.) PF 2009 4
    Kenny Boynton Jr. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) SG 2009 16
    Lance Stephenson Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) SG 2009 29
    LaQuinton Ross Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.) SG 2011 9
    Maalik Wayns Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) PG 2009 10
    Nolan Dennis Richland (Richland, Texas) SG 2009 4
    Ryan Kelly Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.) PF 2009 2
    Tony Wroten Jr. Garfield (Seattle, Wash.) SG 2011 4
    Trae Golden McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) PG 2010 5
    Tristan Thompson St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) SF 2010 4

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.