Several UK targets in Elite 24 game

broberts@herald-leader.comAugust 23, 2012 

The Harrison twins and Julius Randle will team up in California this weekend.

It could be a preview of what's to come in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

The University of Kentucky recruits are three of two dozen high school players who will participate in the Under Armour Elite 24 festivities Friday and Saturday in Venice Beach, Calif.

A slam-dunk contest will be held Friday night, with the all-star game set for Saturday night. Both events will start at 7 p.m. EDT and be televised live on ESPNU.

Of the 24 prospects involved, at least nine are being recruited by Kentucky.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison are the top two guards in the class of 2013 and are widely believed to be favoring the Cats. They will announce their college decision Oct. 29. Randle, a top-five player in 2013, also has UK high on his list.

The team with the Harrisons and Randle will also include 2013 big man Marcus Lee and 2014 stars Emmanuel Mudiay and Justise Winslow. Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings will coach that squad.

Lee, a California native, is scheduled to visit UK for Big Blue Madness in October. Mudiay is one of only five 2014 recruits to already hold a UK scholarship offer.

The other team, coached by former UConn standout Kemba Walker, will include No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins, five-star forward Aaron Gordon and top 2014 point guard Tyus Jones. All three of those players have scholarship offers from UK.

Former Wildcats John Wall, Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb and Eloy Vargas and current Cat Nerlens Noel have played in previous Elite 24 games. Kyle Wiltjer committed to UK at halftime of the 2010 event.

None of the UK recruits participating this year are expected to announce college decisions this weekend.


Raymond Lewis squad: Nate Britt (North Carolina), Conner Frankamp (Kansas), Isaac Hamilton, Brannen Greene (Kansas), Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Rondae Jefferson, Jermaine Lawrence, Marcus Lee, Emmanuel Mudiay, Julius Randle, Justise Winslow.

Marques Johnson squad: Jabari Bird, Keith Frazier, Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Aaron Gordon, Kuran Iverson, Tyus Jones, Austin Nichols, Wayne Selden, Sindarius Thornwell, Rashad Vaughn, Andrew Wiggins, Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington).

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