August 12, 2008

Boost Mobile Elite 24 Adds Slam Dunk Contest

It was announced today that basketball stars Chauncey Billups and Kenny Anderson will coach the nation's elite high school basketball players during the Boost Mobile Elite 24.

Billups will coach the Blue Team/Skip To My Lou with Lincoln High School coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton, and Anderson will coach the White Team/The GOAT with Benjamin Cardozo High School coach Ron Naclerio.

The Boost Mobile Elite 24 game will air live on ESPNU at 8 p.m. EDT, Friday August 22 from Rucker Park (rain site to be announced) and will re-air on ESPN2 late night Monday, August 25 at midnight EDT. ESPNU's Dwayne Ballen (play-by-play) and Paul Biancardi (analyst) will call the game, joined by MSG Networks' Summerball anchor Bobbito Garcia, who has called the Boost Mobile Elite 24 since its premiere game in 2006.

For the first time, the Boost Mobile Elite 24 will host a Slam Dunk Contest - the ESPN RISE All-American Slam Dunk Contest - August 22 at 6:30 p.m. - prior to the main event's 8:00 p.m. tip-off. The contest will feature the four best dunkers selected from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 roster who will compete against dunkers from the Entertainer's Basketball Classic (EBC). The contest will have two rounds with two dunks per round, scoring is non-cumulative and only the top four players will advance to the final round; the player with the high score in the final round will win the contest.

Boost Mobile Elite 24 players will be selected on Thursday, August 21 during a qualifier judged by their peers. Billups, Anderson and Boost Mobile Elite 24 alum and Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Kevin Love will judge the contest.

About Boost Mobile Elite 24
Launched in 2006 by RISE Magazine, the Boost Mobile Elite 24 is the only basketball event in the country to feature the top 24 high school male basketball players regardless of class year or shoe affiliation. Played at New York's famed Rucker Park, Boost Mobile Elite 24 touts alumni that include top 2008 NBA draftees Michael Beasley, Jerryd Bayless and Kevin Love, and college bound freshmen Brandon Jennings (Pallacanestro Virtus Roma), Tyreke Evans (Memphis) and Jrue Holiday (UCLA).

The game has featured guest coaches that include NBA stars Ben Gordon, Jason Kidd and Baron Davis; and its inaugural game was the subject of the documentary "Gunnin' for that #1 Spot", which debuted at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, and was produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and his production company Oscilloscope. The Boost Mobile Elite 24 event is sponsored by Boost Mobile, Under Armour, Spalding and New York City-based radio station Hot 97 FM. Complete details on the Boost Mobile Elite 24 even can be found at risemag.com/elite24.

NYCHoops.net, as always, will provide full coverage, both in your face and behind the scenes.

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