ESPN RISE Announces Stan Verrett, Neil Everett, John Wall & Brandon Jennings to Coach Boost Mobile Elite 24 Teams

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ESPN RISE Announces Stan Verrett, Neil Everett, John Wall & Brandon Jennings to Coach Boost Mobile Elite 24 Teams

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—Local Coaches Announced – Reggie Morris, Jr. & Derrick Taylor
—Teams Announced – “Raymond Lewis” & “Marques Johnson”
—Media Credentials Available

ESPN RISE announced today that SportsCenter’s Stan Verrett and Neil Everett with Wizards’ John Wall and the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings will coach the nation’s elite high school basketball players during the 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24.  Wall and Jennings are alumni of the game. The 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 will be hosted at Los Angeles’ Venice Beach Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28.

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.) will lead the coaching staffs of the two teams with Verrett, Everett, Wall and Jennings as their assistants. Morris, with Wall and Verrett will lead the “Raymond Lewis” squad, while Taylor, with Jennings and Everett will lead the “Marques Johnson” squad. Teams, in the tradition of the event, are named after local playground legends.

2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Teams:

Raymond Lewis Squad
Head Coach: Reggie Morris, Jr.
Assistant Coaches: John Wall & Stan Verrett

Name High School Pos.
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

Name High School Pos.
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
Quinn Cook Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) PG
Shannon Scott Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.) PG


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.

The 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 event will consist of a dunk competition titled the Under Armour Slam Dunk Contest, on Friday, August 27, 8 p.m. EDT and the game on Saturday, August 28, 7:30 p.m. EDT; the two will be televised live on ESPNU.

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.


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;, 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.

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

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


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]


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