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DUMBO Hosts Elite 24 Bball Game on Custom Built Court in Tobacco Warehouse

By Janet Upadhye | August 22, 2013 12:26pm
 Situ Studios designed a basketball court for the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO.
Tobacco Warehouse Custom-made Court
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DUMBO — The nation’s premier high school basketball event is headed to Brooklyn.

The Elite 24 game gives the nation's best young basketball players the chance to compete on one court. Though originally played in Harlem's Rucker Park, the game has been played in Venice Beach in Los Angeles since 2010.

But this year it's back in New York and will take pace on a custom-made court in DUMBO's Tobacco Warehouse.

“If you love the game of the basketball, this is the game you want to play in," said former Elite 24 player, Brandon Jennings in a statement. "You will compete against the best of the best in the mecca of basketball, New York City, in a high-energy environment that is unlike any other in the world."

The first annual game was played in 2006 and several of today’s best NBA and college players have participated in past Elite 24s including Jared Sullinger of the Boston Celtics, the Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes and Anthony Bennett of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sponsor Under Armour recently announced this year's roster, naming two New Yorkers — Isaiah Whitehead from Brooklyn and Chris McCullough from the Bronx — to play in the game.

“The Elite 24 is a platform created to celebrate the heart and soul of basketball," said Kris Stone, Elite 24 Founder. "It's a showcase of the game's rising talent, and we play outside to enhance that gritty, freelancing style that players and fans both love to be part of."

"Team Coney Island" will face off against "Team Bed-Stuy" beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. There will also be a slam dunk contest and skills competition on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.