Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Austin Rivers and Bradley Beal are the first two players who have been invited to this year’s Boost Mobile Elite 24 game Aug. 28 in Venice Beach, Calif., a source with knowledge told ZAGSBLOG.
The 6-foot-4 Rivers and Each 1 Teach 1 beat the 6-4 Beal and the St. Louis Eagles, 78-60, Tuesday night on ESPNU for the Orlando Super Showcase title in front of a crowd that included Billy Donovan of Florida, Roy Williams of North Carolina, former Duke star Grant Hill, Brad Stevens of Butler, Bruce Pearl of Tennessee, Anthony Grant of Alabama and Mike Anderson of Missouri.
Rivers and teammate Trevor Lacey combined for 46 points, with Rivers dropping a game-high 24 and Lacey scoring 22.
“They beat us at Boo Williams at our first tournament,” Lacey told ESPNU. “We kind of wanted a little payback. It was good for us to come out and win the game.”
Rivers said after the game he is considering Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Kansas and Kentucky.
Quinn Cook has been on the road seemingly all summer.
Already he has traveled to Minnesota, California, North Carolina, Texas, Germany, Las Vegas and now Arizona.
“I’m exhausted, but I got a couple games left,” Cook, the No. 5 point guard in the Class of 2011, said Tuesday from the Desert Duel in Gilbert, Az.
Cook and his DC Assault AAU program will finish up in Arizona before playing one more local event in Virginia at the end of the month.
After that he plans to head home to Prince George’s County, Maryland and cut his college list.
That list now includes Arizona, UCLA, Villanova, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, West Virginia, Rutgers, St. John’s and Georgetown. (Rutgers was left off a list published by an Arizona newspaper.)
Austin Rivers and Bradley Beal, two of the brightest stars in the Class of 2011, put their teams on their respective backs Monday and will square off Tuesday for the Super Showcase championship in Orlando, Fla.
The 6-foot-4 Rivers scored 17 of his game-high 37 points to lead Each 1 Teach 1 to a come-from-behind 76-67 victory over the Georgia Blazers in the second semifinal.
In the first one, the Florida-bound Beal dropped 36 points as the St. Louis Eagles exacted revenge on Team Takeover with an 80-76 win. Team Takeover beat E1T1 to win the Peach Jam July 15.
The title game is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPNU.