Top basketball players head to Venice Beach for Boost Mobile Elite 24
Some of the country's top high school basketball players will be in Venice Beach this weekend for the 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 game. The event, which took place previously at New York City's famed Rucker Park, features 24 of the top underclassmen in the nation, including Woodland Hills Taft forward DeAndre Daniels.
"Moving the Boost Mobile Elite 24 to Venice Beach is a great opportunity to broaden its exposure nationwide," said James Brown, senior vice president of ESPN RISE, the event's organizer. "We looked for a venue that kept with the premise of the game being played on an outdoor court, and there was no better venue to go to next than the Venice Beach courts."
Some of basketball's top young players have played in the Elite 24, including Jrue Holiday, DeMar DeRozan and Brandon Jennings.
A slam dunk contest will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, and the Elite 24 game will be played at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Both events take place on the Venice Beach courts located at 1800 Ocean Front Walk. The event is free to the public.
The slam dunk contest and game also will be televised live on ESPNU.
-- Austin Knoblauch