Just like the annual McDonald’s All American and Jordan Brand Classic Games, it’s an honor for some of the nation’s elite high school recruits to to be selected to participate in the Under Armour Elite 24 Game.
It’s held every Summer and is the only HS All Star Game to feature the nation’s best recruits regardless of class as well as taking the contest outdoors, playing at famous venues in years past like the famed Rucker Park in Harlem, New York, Venice Beach, California, and most recently beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.
The 10th Anniversary contest was held this weekend once again in Brooklyn as Team Doo Bee Doo took on Team EZ Pass, in honor of past star performers in the event Brandon Jennings and Kemba Walker.
While defense is always suspect in any All Star Games, fans in attendance and watching on ESPN were treated to some spectacular performances by 5 star players like Josh Jackson, Bam Adebayo, Rawle Alkins, and Frank Jackson as Team Doo Bee Doo overcame a 17 point deficit at halftime for an exciting 111-110 victory over Team EZ Pass.
There were officially 4 MVP winners for the game, Josh and Frank Jackson for EZ Pass and Bam Adebayo and Alkins for Doo Be Doo, but it was clearly Adebayo who was the game’s standout player, scoring 21 points on 10-12 shooting, mostly on dunks, one which was so ferocious it nearly brought down the entire rim and backboard in Shaquille O’Neal style….
On Friday night, two of the most highly sought after seniors took center stage as recent University of Alabama commit Terrance “2K” Ferguson won the 3 Point Contest, blowing away a field that also included 7 footer Thon Maker and Markelle Fultz, who declared to the University of Washington following the event.
As for the main event, the nation’s #3 recruit Josh Jackson, who famously just scored a record 50 points at the Big Strick Classic, beat out Baylor signee Mark Vital to take home the 2015 Elite 24 Dunk Contest crown.
Vital literally flew over 3 other players for an impressive jam that scored him a perfect 50 by celebrity judges like NBA players Emmanuel Mudiay, Brandon Jennings, and Jerian Grant, but in the end it was Jackson that won for an incredible off the backboard, between the legs jam, while leaping over another center that won the event…………..
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.