The 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 basketball gala tipped off on Friday in Venice Beach (CA) with a skills competition and dunk contest that featured a number of top prospects from across the country. Here’s a rundown of few things we picked up on the trail yesterday…
2011 G Duece Bello of Westchester Country Day Academy (NC) took home the slam dunk title on Friday. Heavily favored prior to the event, Bello used his summer and high school teammate 2011 F Quincy Miller as a prop and leaped over him as he sat in a chair to throw home a thunderous dunk.
2011 SG Brad Beal of Chaminade (MO) captured the skills title on Friday. The championship featured a matchup between 2011 PG Quinn Cook of Oak Hill Academy (WV). The skills consisted of weaving through cones for three quarters of the court, a chest pass through a hoop cross court, a three point shot, and then a full length of the court layup. Cook posted a solid effort in the finals but missed his first three point attempt and those precious seconds proved to be too much for the silky smooth Beal who took home the title.
The Elite 24 game will tip off later today adjacent to the Pacific Ocean in Venice Beach (CA) and it will be nationally televised by ESPN.
RECRUITING NEWS & NOTES
Bello indicated that he has not narrowed a list down at all and he’s in the process right now of setting up his schedule for fall visits. He also mentioned that he will be taking a visit to Louisville next weekend. Bello played with the D-One Sports program during the grassroots travel season.
Caught up with Quinn Cook on Friday and he confirmed that his list sits at seven right now with Duke, Arizona, UCLA, St. Johns, Rutgers, Georgetown, and North Carolina still in the mix. Cook played with the D.C. Assault program during the grassroots travel season.
2012 F Alex Murphy of St. Marks (MA) has seen his stock soar as well after a strong spring and summer with the New England Playaz grassroots travel program. Murphy claims offers from a number of schools including, but not limited to, the likes of Duke, Florida, Arizona, Kansas, Texas, Villanova, Boston College, Butler, etc. He also indicated that North Carolina is showing heavy interest right now.
2012 G Gabe York of Orange Lutheran (CA) took part in the dunk contest on Friday. The explosive off guard indicated that he’s collected offers from Arizona, USC, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, California, Marquette, Colorado, and Utah. He played with the Compton Magic program during the grassroots travel season.
2011 F DeAndre Daniels of Taft H.S. (CA) confirmed that he did, in fact, heavily consider committing and signing as a 2010 prospects earlier this month but after considering it he and his family changed their mind and decided to stay as a 2011 talent. He indicated that he will attend IMG Academy (FL) this fall. Daniels played with the Belmont Shores program during the grassroots travel season.
2011 G Austin Rivers of Winter Park H.S. (FL) continues to be one of the most coveted talents in the country. Rivers indicated that he’s narrowed things down to Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and Florida right now. The talented combo guard confirmed that he has scheduled official visits to Duke the weekend of October 1-3, 2010 and North Carolina the weekend of October 15-17, 2010.