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Monday / January 30.
  • Elite 24 Teams Named (UPDATED)

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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 Joel Berry 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-Stuy

    Name 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 Island

    Name 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 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.