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Breakdowns of the key prospect competing at Under Armour Elite 24 showcase. The 2013 Under Armour Elite 24 will be held at the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday and Saturday. The game airs live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, while the Slam Dunk Contest and Skills Competition will air Friday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley
6-foot-2, 180 pounds
Jones is a true point guard that pushes the pace, runs his team and makes great decisions off the ball screen in addition to being an excellent finisher for his size. He has an an all-business approach and is a winner.
NBA Comparisons: Tony Parker/Ray McCallum/John Stockton
Mudiay is a scoring point guard with great size and athletic ability that plays in full-attack mode and can also facilitate. He can take over the game offensively at times and is great at making plays at end-of-clock situations.
NBA Comparison: Tyreke Evans
Bronx, N.Y./Brewster Academy
McCullough is a extra-long athletic forward that excels on the break and finishes above the rim on all clear paths. He rebounds and blocks shots to go along with being a capable multiple-position lockdown defender as well with great upside.
NBA Comparison: Taj Gibson
Tomball, Texas/Homeschool Christian Youth Association
College: North Carolina
Jackson is a long and lean wing with a great feel for the game and a sweet shooting stroke and floater that is money from deep in the lane and along the baseline. Capable of scoring big numbers with a scoring package that extends to the arc.
NBA Comparisons: Jeremy Lamb/Tayshaun Prince/Reggie Miller
Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity
Turner is a post that is long with a great motor. He has an advanced face-up game with range to the arc. He can also put it on the floor and pass with accuracy in addition to being an elite shot blocker with off-the-charts upside.
NBA Comparisons: Anthony Davis/LaMarcus Aldridge/ Tim Duncan/Theo Ratliff
Golden Valley, Minn./Findlay Prep
Vaughn is an attacking wing that excels on the break and can make scoring plays off the bounce in a variety of ways He is a tough matchup at the shooting guard position because he has range out to the arc and is relentless at attempting to make high-level scoring plays.
NBA Comparisons: Jamal Crawford/Jerry Stackhouse
Fullerton, Calif./Mater Dei
Johnson is a tough physical wing that has improved his already productive game. He is a powerful driver off the dribble, finishes through contact with ease and has made his jumper beyond the arc a more consistent weapon. He attacks the rim with an attitude and is a good perimeter rebounder to boot.
NBA Comparisons: Dion Waiters/Thaddeus Young
Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian
College: North Carolina
Pinson is a very athletic wing that plays above the rim on the break, makes plays off the dribble, passes well and is an improved shooter. He rebounds well and is a capable multiple-position defender with a great motor and terrific upside.
NBA Comparisons: Jason Richardson/Kawhi Leonard
Apopka, Fla./Lake Highland Prep
College: North Carolina
Berry is a strong and physical point guard that runs his team, makes plays on the break and knocks down the mid-range jumper when he is not deep in the lane causing trouble for the opposing defense. He sets the defensive tone with his relentless ball pressure and never at an disadvantage strengthwise at the point on the high school level.
NBA Comparison: Will Bynum
Winslow is an elite-level glue guy that does whatever is needed to help his team be successful. He is strong, physical, athletic and competes at a high level. He attacks the rim and finishes through contact off the bounce as well. He is a tough matchup, especially in the post, for opposing perimeter defenders and defends with a bad attitude.
NBA Comparison: Tony Allen/Andre Iguodala
Ocean Springs, Miss./Moss Point
Booker is a true shooting guard with great size and is smooth and strong with deep range. He knocks down rhythm-dribble pull-ups and can get on a roll and drop multiple jumpers in a row in a short period of time. Booker shoots in space or comes off screens ready to pull the trigger.
NBA Comparison: Klay Thompson
Woburn, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson
Okonoboh is a strong and physical forward that is finishes above the rim with extreme power and volleyball spike-like shots. He is a top-notch finisher, shot blocker, rebounder and rim protector with great upside.
NBA Comparisons: Serge Ibaka/Derrick Favors
Richmond, Texas/Findlay Prep
Oubre is an athletic lefty that can score in a variety of ways. Oubre plays with great confidence offensively and above the rim on all clear paths. He is a pretty good rebounder, but putting the ball in the basket is what he does best.
NBA Comparisons: James Harden/Deshaun Thomas
Louisville, Ky./Montverde Academy
College: Ohio State
Russell is a true shooting guard and a shot-maker with deep range that can get hot and break open the game very quickly by dropping deep 3s before the defense can react. He is a good passer as well when he draws multiple defenders, as he attacks off the bounce.
NBA Comparisons: Eric Gordon/Daequan Cook
Oxon Hill, Md./Potomac School
Wiley is a shot maker with 3-point range off the catch or dribble. He is very confident and has the ability to get hot. Wiley spots up on the break, comes off screening actions and spaces to the vision of the passer, where he ready to shoot on the catch.
NBA Comparisons: Bradley Beal/Daniel Gibson
Whitehead is an big shooting guard that makes plays off the bounce from anywhere on the floor, scores through contact with ease, and is a good rhythm shooter. Whitehead attacks defenders and can finish plays with spins, touch and body control. When he gets his shoulders square to the rim and by his defender the result is a bucket, a foul or a combination of the two.
NBA Comparison: Keith Bogans
Bartlett, Tenn./White Station
Chiozza is a cat-quick point guard with terrific court vision. He sees plays in advance that results in buckets for teammates. He lives in the lane and can make the open shot with range to the arc when his defender relaxes.
NBA Comparison: Phil Pressey and Patty Mills
Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop O'Connell
Trimble is a shooting guard that has excellent strength and deep range to go along with a smooth mid-range rhythm pull-up that he can shoot at a high percentage in each direction. He has late-game shot-making confidence as well.
NBA Comparison: Wayne Ellington
Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd
Rabb is a long, very athletic forward with an outstanding motor. He rebounds in and out of his area, blocks shots on or away from the ball and finishes above the rim with an quick explosive bounce. His skill set is developing at a rapid pace. Crazy upside.
NBA Comparison: Kenyon Martin
Newman is a big-time scorer from anywhere on the court. It doesn't matter if he's on the break, in the halfcourt, rotating off screens or creating on his own, Newman is a bucket-getter that is capable of big numbers everytime he takes the floor. Newman has also added to his game by facilitating and rebounding more as well.
NBA Comparison: Damian Lillard/Monta Ellis
Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman
Zimmerman is a long, mobile, athletic and skilled lefty post with an excellent motor. He scores inside and out with excellent touch and feel in addition to being a good finisher and passer. He finishes above the rim on every opportunity and his upside is off the charts.
NBA Comparisons: Alex Len/Ryan Kelly/Tom Chambers
Centereach, N.Y./Our Savior New American
Diallo is a tough, competitive, athletic power forward that finishes above the rim and rebounds in traffic. He has a great motor as well. Diallo runs the floor well, blocks shots and makes winning plays on both ends of the floor. He has great upside as well.
NBA Comparison: Thomas Robinson/Serge Ibaka
Winston-Salem, N.C./Wesleyan Christian
Giles has off-the-charts upside. He is long, athletic and excels on the break has good touch in and around the lane. Giles is a good passer and shot blocker as well. He finishes above the rim with quick bounce and is active on both ends of the floor with fast-developing skill.
NBA Comparisons: Donte Cunningham/J.J. Hickson/John Henson
Martinsville, Va./Carlisle School
Maker is extra long and lean with excellent athletic ability, mobility and skill for his size and age. He runs extremely well, rebounds and blocks shots in and out of his area. He also handles the ball well and has comfortable range to about 18 feet in addition to straight-line drives and high-elevating post moves. Like Giles, he has off the charts upside!
NBA Comparison: Kevin Garnett