Under Armour Elite 24 Highlights

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This weekend 24 of the country’s finest high school basketball players took center stage underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in New York for the Under Armour Elite 24 showcase. The event included a crop of high school seniors as wells as rising juniors and even a sophomore who made his presence known. Here’s a quick recap of some of the weekend’s highlights.

The three point contest was won by Devin Booker, a 6’6” shooting guard considering Michigan State, Baylor, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Carolina and Kentucky. Booker is ranked number 16 in the ESPN 100 and has drawn comparisons to Ray Allen for his ability to come off screens and hit open shots. The young sharpshooter, originally from Michigan, now lives in Mississippi and is the son of Melvin Booker who was once the Big 8 player of the year while he was a collegiate player at Missouri.

The crowd was brought to its feet by Seventh Woods, a 15-year-old sophomore participating in the weekend’s events. The 6’1” point guard is ranked 14th in the ESPN terrific 25 and is the top player in the class of 2016. However the contest was taken home by Theo Pinson, ranked number 13 on ESPN’s top 100. This year’s dunk contest winner, who was virtually assured the win due to the fact that his competition couldn’t successfully complete a dunk, brought his mother out on the court for his final foray where he cleared her after taking off from just within the free-throw line.

Pinson was one of three North Carolina commits. He will be joined at Chapel Hill by Justin Jackson and Joel Bell who also participated in this weekends events. The North Carolina trio had a strong showing and very well may be the top recruiting class for 2014.

Big news is made on the signing front as Emmanuel Mudiay announced his decision to attend SMU next season and play under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. Mudiay is the highest ranked player to ever commit to SMU and very well may be a one and done collegiate athlete if everything goes according to his plan down in Dallas.

Mudiay was one of four Elite 24 MVPs along with Stanley Johnson, a slashing wing from Southern California’s Mater Dei high school, Justin Jackson, the aforementioned North Carolina commit along with Isaiah Whitehead who happened to steal the show. Whitehead a Brooklyn native out of the famed Lincoln High School (that also produced Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson) had previously not garnered national recognition but is sure to have increased his stock with a game-high 28 points.

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