Boost Mobile Elite 24 All American Game featured super-talented prospects from the 2010 to 2012 classes. CJ Leslie, Josh Selby and Doron Lamb all showed out. Rain moved the event from Rucker Park into the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx.
Play of the game: Josh Selby’s fake behind the back pass to a one handed slam over UNC Commit Kendall Marshall. Marshall tried his best to get out of the poster but his remnants were still in the picture. See it here from HoopMixtape.
Selby has been on a tear all summer and concluded it befittingly with another solid all around performance on 18 points.
Most Athletic/ Upside: CJ Leslie, a 6’8 2010 PF of Raleigh, NC Word of God, is one of the few players in the class you want to meet at the rim. Anything around the basket where the offensive player cannot get his shot above the square is as good as erased. Leslie has tremendous timing and does an excellent job of getting second, third and fourth tries around the offensive basket due to his quick jumping abilities. Leslie ran the floor like an animal and showed surprisingly good ball handling skills.
Best Defender: The game was full of fouls but the guy who got down in a stance and beat his defender to spots was Austin Rivers. With his father, and legendary NBA coach Doc Rivers, on hand, Austin constantly dug deep into a defensive stance and beat his man to spots on the floor. Rivers is the total package as. On the offensive end, his three ball was flowing as the rivers of the Jordan and his handle allowed him to get anywhere on the court and make plays for himself and others.
Highest Skill Level: 6’2 Kyrie Irving. Irving just came off an impressive performance in Orlando where he took his high school team and beat two of the most dominating AAU programs over the last couple years; All-Ohio Red and Team Final in back to back games. Kyrie’s ability to score from anywhere on the floor along with his excellent handle creates a deadly combination for opponents and a mismatch problem every time out.
Big Boys on Deck: Josh Smith, Jared Sullinger and 2012’s Dujaun Coleman all possess big frames, soft hands and a solid touch in the paint. Don’t think they saw the ball entered to the block, but they all impacted the game in one manner or the other. The trio will have fine college careers. Sullinger is more explosive than people give him credit for and he runs the floor well to a guy his size and build. Smith rebounded well and showed a soft touch around the basket. Dujaun Coleman, Chris Colemans’ son, was pretty quiet. Earlier this summer when I saw him in West Virginia mid july, he was terrific and will have many more years to improve.
Most Diplomatic in Approach: Tobias Harris. Harris got it done in this game game and was constantly in attack mode. Coming off a buzz-creating summer, Tobias showed no signs of letting up. At 6’8 and with a solid build, his handle allowed him to get to the basket from the perimeter. Tobias can also knock down the three. Multi-faceted, Harris does an excellent job of running the floor, filling the proper lane and finishing in traffic.
True Lead Guard: As he has shown all summer, UNC Commit Kendall Marshall has proven over and over again, if you associate him with high level players, he will get the job done. Marshall has two speeds, slow and slower and uses them both effectively. All jokes aside, Marshall’s quickness and speed is improving and when you add in his ball skills, he is able to get by defenders and make things happen for teammates on a regular basis. Having the honor to play in a camp-type setting with Marshall is truly a blessing.
Will Barton, a 6’6 2010 SG Memphis commit, was terrific with his length and ball skills. He constantly broke down his defender with his herky-jerky moves. He finished with 18.
Maryland Commit Terrance Ross had a nice finish on the break in traffic but was relatively quiet in the game. Ross impressed in warm-ups with his high-flying acrobatics.
Harrison Barnes didn’t get his motor going until what seemed like the second half. He knocked down a three and scored on several dunk attempts. Barnes does an excellent job getting to the rim while drawing contact and he is a good defender. He guarded CJ Leslie although Leslie was a little too athletic for him at times. Barnes finished with 18.