Under Armour Elite 24 Recap

NEW YORK CITY - It was a tremendous setting for basketball on Pier 2 under the Brooklyn Bridge, and the game didn't disappoint. Frank Jackson and Trevon Duval were two of the major standouts from the Under Armour Elite 24.

Jackson has impressive showing

As usual the Elite 24 Game was up and down without a ton of defense, but one player in particular who really stood out was Frank Jackson. The five-star point guard showed off his impressive athleticism and dynamic first step getting basically anywhere he wanted on the court.

For the game Jackson finished with 20 points on 8-15 shooting, and scored in about every way imaginable. Especially in the first half Jackson was extremely impressive and proved to be the most efficient scoring guard on the floor.

Jackson has the near elite athleticism, tight handle, strength, and size to be a big time player in college and even project into the NBA. He proved that he also is capable of making good decisions by not committing a turnover and having three assists.

In an atmosphere that can lead to sloppy play, Jackson didn’t get roped in and played his game and was extremely impressive.

Duke and Stanford are considered the two teams with the best shot at Jackson on the recruiting trail.

Duval states his case

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the very impressive point guards in the class of 2016, and with good reason. A handful of them look like they are destined to be big time players for a long time, but Trevon Duval might be as good as any of them.

The 2017 prospect was absolutely phenomenal all week long, and during the game he did nothing to take away from his shine. Though he only scored eight points, Duval was extremely impressive at getting into the lane and making plays as evident by his nine assists and only two turnovers.

Duval has the size and speed that every school loves in a point guard, and on top of that he is competitive and knows how to play. As Duval continues to get more comfortable as an alpha dog the sky is the limit for him.

Syracuse, Villanova, Oregon, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, and Maryland are just some of the schools making a strong run at Duval who is clearly making himself the top guard in the 2017 class.

Jackson and Alkins go one-on-one

Usually games in this setting feature a ton of one-on-one action, but this game didn’t with the exception of Rawle Alkins and Josh Jackson. The two five-star prospects went right at each other on numerous occasions.

Alkins especially seemed to want to go at the top ranked 2016 prospect in the game in front of his home crowd, but Jackson proved to be more than up for the challenge. On numerous occasions the supremely athletic and tough Jackson thwarted drives by Alkins and that would result in either a blocked shot or a bad shot.

Now Alkins did get Jackson once with a very nice crossover, and showed the competitiveness going right at the best perimeter defender in the country time and time again.

Also for his part Alkins did a pretty decent job on Jackson on the defensive end when Jackson was going at him. Jackson did get the best of the action, but Alkins had a few nice moments as well.

News and Notes

Edrice Adebayo was very efficient all game long and showed off his tremendous athleticism and power. A dunking machine, Adebayo converted around the rim and showed off a nice ability to run the floor. It was a typical highlight filled performance from Adebayo.

One of the big guys who doesn’t get a ton of attention, but probably should is Dewan Huell. Long, athletic, and possessing a solid touch, Huell finished with 18 points and seven rebounds on 9-11 shooting from the floor.

Another frontcourt player who turned in a strong performance was T.J. Leaf. Leaf went 7-9 from the floor and finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. The showing from Leaf was good, as he didn’t dominate during the practices, but with the bright lights on he came up big and showed off his size, skill, and athleticism.

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