ESPN RISE Announces 2009 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Event
ESPN RISE will hold the fourth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 event, the nation's premier elite high school boys basketball event for underclassmen, Saturday, August 22 at New York City's Rucker Park, 7 p.m. E.T.
Featuring 24 of the top high school basketball players from across the nation, Boost Mobile Elite 24 players are selected by a committee of high school basketball experts: ESPN RISE Magazine, ESPN Scouts, Inc. and other leading talent evaluators. Players are selected based on their performance at AAU tournaments and national summer camps.
Leading the first 12 players selected for the Boost Mobile Elite 24 are Harrison Barnes, a class of 2010 shooting guard from Ames High School (Ames, Iowa), No. 1 in the ESPNU 100; Jared Sullinger, a class of 2010 power forward from Northland High School (Columbus, Ohio), No. 4 in the ESPNU 100; and Tristan Thompson, a class of 2010 power forward from Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), No. 2 in the ESPNU 100. Barnes will make his debut in the 2009 event, while Sullinger and Thompson will return for a consecutive appearance. Thompson's Findlay Prep played in the ESPN RISE National High School invitational in April 2009; he and his team won the tournament's championship game.
Boost Mobile Elite 24 - Roster Reveal first 12:
Austin Rivers Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.)
C.J. Leslie Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.)
Harrison Barnes Ames (Ames, Iowa)
Jared Sullinger Northland (Columbus, Ohio)
Josh Smith Kentwood (Covington, Wash.)
Kendall Marshall Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.)
Rakeem Christmas North Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Roscoe Smith Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Tobias Harris Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Tony Wroten Jr. Garfield (Seattle, Wash.)
Tristan Thompson Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
Will Barton Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)
Five of the players selected to date for the Boost Mobile Elite 24 have committed to colleges - Austin Rivers to Florida, Jared Sullinger to Ohio State, Kendall Marshall to North Carolina, Tristan Thompson to Texas, and Will Barton to Memphis.
The 2009 Boost Mobile Elite 24 event will be televised live on ESPNU, 7 p.m. E.T.
Boost Mobile has returned to the 2009 event as its title sponsor; Boost Mobile has been the title sponsor since its launch in 2006. Boost is joined by the event's official sponsors, Under Armour, the official apparel sponsor, outfitting the elite high school basketball players, Wilson, the official ball sponsor, and 2K Sports the official video game sponsor. New York City-based radio station Hot 97, an Emmis Communications property, is the event's local media partner.
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