The last premier high school All-Star event of the summer is being held this weekend, as two dozen of the country’s top players gather in New York for the Under Armour Elite 24.
The Elite 24 differs from other summer events in that it promotes a pickup, playground style, so there’s not a lot of structure to the game. There will be no defense played, and the offense will be ragged, so coaches generally won’t be able to do much evaluating based on E24. But the players love it, and there are several UNLV targets taking part in the festivities.
Class of 2014 prospects Rashad Vaughn, Goodluck Okonoboh and Kelly Oubre will be competing, as will Class of 2015 star Stephen Zimmerman. UNLV is pursuing all four. Vaughn and Oubre have both transferred to Findlay Prep for their senior seasons, while Zimmerman is already in town at Bishop Gorman.
Vaughn is a highly coveted scoring guard (No. 7 in 2014), and the Rebels have been hot on his trail for the past two months.
Oubre is a skilled perimeter player who has UNLV in his final eight.
And Zimmerman, a 7-foot center, is probably the Rebels’ No. 1 recruiting target at the moment.
So while it won’t be an X’s and O’s clinic, the Elite 24 (Saturday, 4 p.m., ESPNU) should be of great interest to Rebels fans.
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