—Under Armour Slam Dunk Contest Live August 27
—Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game Live August 28
ESPNU HD will televise the 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 event live from Venice Beach, Calif., over two days this weekend. The event, launched in 2006 at New York’s Rucker Park, will feature 24 of the nation’s top high school basketball players in the Under Armour Slam Dunk Contest, Friday, August 27, 8 p.m. EDT, and the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game on Saturday, August 28, 7:30 p.m. EDT. Host Eamon McAnaney will be joined by ESPN Analyst Jay Williams, and Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love, who will call the game.
Friday night’s Under Armour Slam Dunk contest will be judged by Boost Mobile Elite 24 alums John Wall, Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans, and Los Angeles Clipper Baron Davis. In addition to event participants, the contest will feature local contestants Norman Powell, Lincoln High School (San Diego, Calif.) and Gabe York, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.).
Saturday’s game will feature local high school basketball coaches Reggie Morris, Jr. of St. Bernard (Playa Del Rey, Calif.) and Derrick Taylor of Taft High School (Woodland Hills, Calif.), and SportsCenter’s Stan Verrett and Neil Everett with the Wizards’ John Wall and the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings.
2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Teams:
Raymond Lewis Squad
Head Coach: Reggie Morris, Jr.
Assistant Coaches: John Wall & Stan Verrett
|Bradley Beal||Chaminade College Prep School (St. Louis, Mo.)||SG|
|DeAndre Daniels||Taft High School (Woodland Hills, Calif.)||SF|
|Jahii Carson||Mesa High School (Phoenix, Az.)||PG|
|Johnny O’Bryant||East Side High School (Cleveland, Miss.)||C|
|Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||Greenville High School (Greenville, Ga.)||SG|
|Kyle Wiltjer||Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)||PF|
|Michael Gbinije||Benedictine (Richmond, Va.)||SF|
|Myck Kabongo||Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, N.V.)||PG|
|Quddus Bello||Westchester Country Day School (Winston-Salem, N.C.)||SG|
|Quincy Miller||Westchester Country Day School (Winston-Salem, N.C.)||PF|
|Rakeem Christmas||Academy of the New Church (Brynn Athyn, Pa.)||PF|
|Shabazz Muhammad||Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)||SG|
Marques Johnson Squad
Head Coach: Derrick Taylor
Assistant Coaches: Brandon Jennings & Neil Everett
|Adonis Thomas||Melrose High School (Memphis, Tenn.)||SF|
|Alex Murphy||St. Mark’s School (Southborough, Mass.)||SF|
|Amir Garrett||Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, N.V.)||SF|
|Austin Rivers||Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.)||PG|
|DaJuan Coleman||Jamesville-DeWitt High School (DeWitt, N.Y.)||C|
|Jabari Brown||Oakland High School (Oakland, Calif.)||SG|
|James McAdoo||Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.)||PF|
|LaQuinton Ross||Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.)||SF|
|LeBryan Nash||Lincoln High School (Dallas, Texas)||SF|
|Nick Johnson||Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, N.V.)||SG|
Boost Mobile Elite 24 participants are selected by high school basketball experts from ESPN RISE, ESPN College Basketball Recruiting and other leading talent evaluators. Players were selected based on their performances at AAU tournaments and national summer camps. Boost Mobile Elite 24 player participation is strictly determined by parental/legal guardian permission, and high school and state association guidelines.
Event sponsors include: Boost Mobile, title sponsor; Under Armour, apparel and slam dunk content; Wilson, basketballs and Gatorade, hydration.
Media interested in media credentials should contact: [email protected].
About Boost Mobile Elite 24
Launched in 2006 by RISE Magazine, the Boost Mobile Elite 24 is the only basketball event in the country to feature the top 24 high school male basketball players regardless of class year or shoe affiliation. Launched and played in New York’s famed Rucker Park its first four years and moved to Los Angles’ Venice Beach in its fifth year, Boost Mobile Elite 24 touts alumni that include NBA rookies John Wall, Lance Stephenson and Derrick Favors, NBA players Tyreke Evans, Jerryd Bayless, Kevin Love and Brandon Jennings, and college-bound Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving and Jarred Sullinger. The game has featured guest coaches that include current and former NBA stars Chauncey Billups, Kenny Anderson, Ben Gordon, Jason Kidd and Baron Davis; and its inaugural game was the subject of the documentary “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot”, which debuted at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, and was produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and his production company Oscilloscope.
About ESPN RISE
ESPN RISE represents ESPN’s commitment to engage and elevate high school athletes by providing them with recognition, resources, information and inspiration that can motivate them to improve their skills and achieve their goals to be the best athletes they can. ESPN RISE assets include ESPN RISE, GIRL, Hardwood and Gridiron magazines; ESPNRISE.com, and more than 160 high school events including Elite 11, Elite 24, ESPN RISE Games, ESPN RISE National High School Invitational, Faster to First, Area Code Baseball and Nike Combines/Nike SPARQ Mini Camps. ESPN RISE is uniquely positioned to provide high school athletes and the company’s core fans with compelling high school sports content across all ESPN platforms.
ESPNU launched March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network televises more than 650 live events annually. Action includes a variety of top football and men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as Olympic sports from 26 Division I conferences. ESPNU is the destination for premier high school programming, including elite football and basketball events. The network also has a wide-ranging agreement with the NCAA for extensive coverage of 22 NCAA Championships.
ESPNU offers over 400 original studio shows, including SportsCenterU, ESPNU Recruiting Insider, The Experts, The Bracket, BCS Countdown and is the television home of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 17 million homes. In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection is a multiplatform, student-generated content initiative to enhance the network’s link to college campuses nationwide.
ESPNU has seen a dramatic increase since its inception and is now in approximately 73 million households. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers – Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.
About Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile, one of Sprint’s prepaid brands, offers wireless phones and services with no long-term contracts. Boost Mobile redefines value for wireless consumers with its ‘Monthly Unlimited’ service, offering unlimited nationwide talk, text, Web, e-mail, IM and 411 for $50 per month, and with its ‘BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited’ service, offering unlimited nationwide talk, text, Web, e-mail, IM and 411 for $60 per month. Boost Mobile offers nationwide service on the Nationwide Sprint Network, reaching more than 276 million people, and on the Nextel National Network, reaching more than 277 million people, with no activation or long distance fees. Boost Mobile offers a selection of quality handsets from Motorola, Sanyo, Research In Motion (RIM) and Samsung, ranging from entry-level to high-end devices. Boost Mobile phones are available nationwide at nearly 20,000 major retail stores, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Wal-mart, Sprint retail stores, independent wireless dealer locations, and on HSN, a leading TV home shopping network; and Re-Boost® is available at approximately 100,000 locations throughout the United States. Experience Boost Mobile on the Web at MySpace, Facebook and Twitter; and purchase products at www.boostmobile.com.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand’s moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.underarmour.com.
For more information, please contact:
Crystal Howard, ESPN: (212) 515-1109/(917) 805-7448 / [email protected]
Danielle Alvarez Babbington, Boost Mobile: (949) 748-3418 / [email protected]
Danielle Cavalli, Under Armour, Inc.: (410) 246-5768 / [email protected]