Elite 24 Notebook Day 2: Thon Maker Draws Durant, Garnett Comparisons; Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana Working Hardest

NEW YORK — After missing Day 1 of the Under Armour Elite 24 practices, Thon Maker more than made up for it on Day 2.

The 7-foot 2016 big man from the Carlisle (Va.) School put on a show in the scrimmage, draining 3-pointers, handling the ball in transition and flushing one dunk after another.

In a game that also featured likely future pros Jaylen Brown, Malik Newman and Stephen Zimmerman, among others, Maker stood out in terms of his raw talent.

“He’s KD on offense and KG on defense,” ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla, who watched from courtside along with a throng of other enthralled basketball junkies, told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

Derryck Thornton Updates List of Schools, Discusses Playing with Tyus Battle

Derryck ThorntonBy JOHN PAVIA

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NEW YORK – Derryck Thornton is unable to compete in the Under Armour Elite 24 events this weekend due to injury, but he still seemed to be enjoying the entire experience in New York City.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Thornton told SNY.tv. “It’s my second time so I’m still excited to be here and just get to look around New York and hang out with some of the guys.”

Thornton, a 6-2 guard from Findlay Prep, suffered a broken wrist during USA U17 trials that has held him out of showcases like this Elite 24 event. Thornton is currently rated No. 8 in the Class of 2016 by Scout. To read more of this story, click here

After Trips to UCLA, Duke and North Carolina Brandon Ingram Planning Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas Visits

NEW YORK — After recently taking trips to UCLA, Duke and North Carolina, Brandon Ingram has several more visits in the works.

The 6-foot-8 2015 forward from Kinston (N.C.) High told SNY.tv after Thursday’s Under Armour Elite 24 practice that he plans to attend Midnight Madness at both Kansas on Oct. 10 and Kentucky Oct. 17. He also wants to hit Louisville.

“I know [in] October I’ll be at Kansas [for] ‘Late Night in the Phog,'” Ingram said. “I know I’ll get out to Kentucky. Louisville I want to get out there, too, after I cut down my list at the end of the month. While I’m in Louisville, I can go over to Kentucky.” To read more of this story, click here

Mickey Mitchell Decommits from Ohio State

By CHIP MILLER

Mickey Mitchell announced Thursday evening that he has officially decommitted from The Ohio State.

“I have officially decommitted from The Ohio State University and I would like to thank their coaching staff for recruiting me,” he Tweeted.

Mitchell’s older brother, Mike – a heralded linebacker who played as a freshman at Ohio State over the previous season – left the Ohio State football program in January, citing his father’s health as part of the reason. Mike eventually landed  at Texas Tech in Lubbock. To read more of this story, click here

Jordan Tucker Takes In Elite 24 Experience, Enjoyed Providence Visit

Photo via Yahoo! Sports

Photo via Yahoo! Sports

By JOHN PAVIA

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NEW YORK – Jordan Tucker may not be playing in the Under Armour Elite 24 game in Brooklyn on Saturday, but you’d never know it after watching him practice with the players who are slated to play in the prestigious game.

Tucker, a 6-7 wing who is rated 25th in ESPN’s Super 25 for the class of 2017, is from White Plains, New York and will be practicing with the other players not only on Thursday, but Friday as well.

“Everybody here can play,” Tucker told SNY.tv in regards to what this experience has been like for him. “Everybody’s a top player where they come from. You’ve got to come here and play hard or you won’t be able to show out.”  To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Says California and Kentucky Will Make Final List

NEW YORK — Ivan Rabb has a high and low ankle sprain and can’t play in Saturday’s Under Armour Elite 24 in Brooklyn, but he’s here supporting his teammates.

“It’s a big bummer, but at least I get to come out here and support my guys,” Rabb told SNY.tv Thursday after practice. “I have a lot of friends and people who are here.”

Rabb suffered the sprain the day before cuts for the USA U17 team, but he ended up making the team and winning a gold medal with the U17 team in Dubai. To read more of this story, click here

Malik Beasley Sets Three Officials

 

Malik Beasley, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard from Alpharetta (GA) St. Francis, has set three official visits, according to Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com.

Beasley will visit Florida State Sept. 5-7, VCU Sept. 12-14 and Wake Forest Sept 19-21. Biancardi noted that Beasley is still working visits to St. John’s and Oregon.

He recently took an unofficial to St. John’s while in New York for the Big Strick Classic and it went well.

Beasley last week cut his list to eight schools — St. John’s, UConn, UCLA, Wake Forest, Florida State, Oregon, VCU and Georgia. To read more of this story, click here

Horace Spencer Gets Rutgers Offer, Auburn Visit Next

Horace SpencerHorace Spencer, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Findlay Prep, received an offer from Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan during his unofficial visit on Tuesday.

“He did offer and he said Horace would end up playing the 4 spot if he comes there,” Horace Spencer Sr. told SNY.tv by phone. “They have a kid leaving and Horace would move right into that spot. He’s someone who can play multiple positions and guard multiple positions, so he could also play the 2 or 3 in addition to the 4. Horace would be able to fill that role very well.”

“It went real good. We both liked the campus, liked the coaches, liked everything there.” To read more of this story, click here

Nike Global Challenge Notebook: Stephen Zimmerman Steals the Show in Chicago; Brunson, Hogg Lead All-Tourney team

ZimmermanBY NICK MEDLINE

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CHICAGO— Stephen Zimmerman stole the show on Saturday at the Nike Global Challenge.

The Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman center was — almost undoubtedly — the most valuable player at the event. He averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 63 percent from the floor over four games. He also led Team USA West to an undefeated run, winning the championship against USA East.

Zimmerman also earned praise from teammate Tyler Davis, who talked about how easy it was to play alongside Zimmerman because of his solid, vocal play. Zimmerman earned the MVP honors. He showed up and competed, and for all of the criticisms he faces, no one could guard him. With five officials and six in-homes lined up, he’ll soon be ready to make a team better. To read more of this story, click here