Under Armour’s Elite 24 basketball game, which brings together the best high school basketball players, is returning for its 10th year. The game is usually played at Harlem’s Rucker Park, but this year, the game will be played at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 on the East River on Aug. 22.
A three-day series of events leads up to Saturday’s game, which will air live on ESPNU at 7pm. There will be dunk and three-point contests on Friday, and prior to the big game on Saturday, top rising freshman will be featured in a “UA Next” game.
Under Armour and the NBA are also holding a junior clinic for local youth with the Elite 24 players on Friday. Elite 24 players hail from all over of the country, including Las Vegas, New York, Dallas, Detroit, Miami and Newark. There are also a handful of international players, including ones from the Bahamas, Toronto and Australia.
“When this game was created 10 years ago, the idea was to give high school basketball players an opportunity to experience the energy and spirit of authentic playground basketball,” said Kris Stone, Elite 24 founder and director of basketball sports marketing at Under Armour. “The people who helped bring Elite 24 to life, the players who have gone on to college and the NBA, and the fans who come out and show their passion for the game every year all share in its continued legacy and contribution to the culture of basketball.”
According to Under Armour, over the past decade, 54 players from the Elite 24 games have gone on to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, and four went on to be drafted No. 1 overall.