Tag - elite 24

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Thru The Lens: (INTERVIEW) The City Of Dreams – Chris McCullough
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Elite 24 All-Star Game – Day 03
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Elite 24 Skills Challenge – Day 02
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New York’s legendary Dyckman league hosts playoffs
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Elite 24 Practice – Day 01
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Nike Extravaganza brings out top High School talent
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Under Armour brings “Elite 24” Back to New York

Thru The Lens: (INTERVIEW) The City Of Dreams – Chris McCullough

NNBA Rookie Chris McCullough had an unfortunate turn of events when he tore his ACL during his freshmen year at Syracuse. Being a top ranked player in high school, he continued to enter his name in the 2015 NBA Draft and was drafted in the 1st round to the Brooklyn Nets. The Bronx native is the first player from New York to join the Brooklyn Nets. Follow his journey as he shows an exclusive look at his workouts at the Nets practice facility, along with a trip up north to Washington Heights to watch the infamous Dyckman league!

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Elite 24 All-Star Game – Day 03

TToday marks the 10 year anniversary of the Elite 24 games. The first game took place at Rucker Park in New York as a grass roots program sponsored by Boost Mobile. Over the years it picked up sponsorship by Under Armour and made its way to Venice Beach, CA. In 2013 the games moved to the Brooklyn Bridge Park. This years all star game was a good one and almost went into overtime! At halftime the people who created and built the Elite 24 from the ground up were honored with awards. Brandon Jennings was also included, as he won MVP the first year of the Elite 24, and was also the first basketball player signed to Under Armour. Some of the guests in the crowd included Elite 24 alumni Will Barton (Nuggets), Brandon Jennings (Pistons), Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets) and Chris McCullough (Nets). The MVP’s wereJoshua Jackson (2016), Billy Preston (2017), Bam Adebayo (2016),  and Frank Jackson (2016). Check out the photo gallery below!

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Elite 24 Skills Challenge – Day 02

PPier 2 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park was the amazing location for this year’s Elite 24 games. Friday night hosted the 3 point and dunk contests. It was really exciting to watch – the dunk contest was especially electrifying! If you missed the action, be sure to watch the video recaps over at BallIsLife.com

The 3-point winner was Terrance Ferguson (Who is also a beast at dunking), while the Dunk Contest winner was #1 player in the class of 2016, Josh Jackson. Check out the photos below!

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New York’s legendary Dyckman league hosts playoffs

BBeing apart of the LA Basketball scene for years has opened up the doors to amazing opportunities and experiences. Everything from the Drew League, Real Run, JBL, Ball Up and the list goes on. One thing I haven’t been able to experience while being in New York was their local basketball scene. New York is known as the Mecca of basketball and has some iconic courts around the city. Everything from Dyckman to Rucker to Pro City, you can catch some great games with some amazing talent. I was in town filming the newest member of the Brooklyn Nets, Chris McCullough, for Thru The Lens. After talking with him more about Pro-Am basketball, he suggested I come check out the Dyckman league with him. After I finished working some of the Elite 24 events, I hopped on a train and headed north to the legendary Dyckaman court. I had a great time and everyone showed me so much love. I also ran into a former Long Beach State player that I had shot years ago *Small world*. Stars like French Montana and Juelz Santana were coaching their teams in the league as well! I had a great time and will definitely be back for more!

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Elite 24 Practice – Day 01

IIt’s that time of year again – The Elite 24! Every year it has grown bigger and bigger, this also being the 10 year anniversary! Day 01 started off with a practice at a local gym in New York. The talent this year is amazing, it was a lot of fun seeing the rising stars come out and show off their moves. Elite 24 alumni and recently drafted lottery pick, Emmanuel Mudiay, was also in attendance. Emmanuel recently signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour as well. Be sure to stay tuned for all this action this weekend!

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Nike Extravaganza brings out top High School talent

This years Nike Extravaganza was hosted at Mater Dei in Orange County. The tournament brought out the top high school talent around the country, including local talent such as Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei), Jordan McLaughlin (Etiwanda), Daniel Hamilton (Bosco), Tyler Dorsey (Bosco) and the number 1 ranked player in the country, Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young).

I attended the second day of the 2 day tournament to watch Etiwanda vs St John Bosco.USC commit Jordan McLaughlin was one of the most exciting players to watch the entire tournament.

Jordan had 30 of his 32 points after halftime. He also scored a shot with less than 6 seconds left to take the team into Overtime, in which Etiwanda won. Make sure to check out the episode of Thru The Lens that I filmed for Jordan McLaughlin.

The last game of the night was Whitney Young (Chicago, IL) vs Mater Dei. Seeing two of the top players in the country battle it out was highly anticipated. Mater Dei took control of that game and won. It was a fun tournament and I got to see a lot of basketball talent and some cool shoes!

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Under Armour brings “Elite 24” Back to New York

One of the biggest High School basketball events in the country is the Elite 24 hosted by Under Armour. For the past few years, they have taken this tournament to Venice Beach, California. It originated in New York and this was the first year they brought it back. They had a beautiful court built right below the Brooklyn Bridge. The 4-day event was an amazing experience and I am very thankful to have been apart of this wonderful brand. Check out the pictures from each day

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