Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 4:10 pm  |  17 responses

Elite 24 Midnight Run (VIDEO)

Featuring Brandon Jennings, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan.

Ready to ball in this weekend’s Elite 24 game in Cali, some of the nation’s top high schoolers got a taste of the competition they may face one day in the NBA. During a midnight run, NBAers Brandon Jennings, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan and Will Barton dropped by to take on the top recruits around. One thing is for sure, some of these guys can hang, but all were left humbled. Peep the highlights above and continue to check SLAMonline for the rest of the week for more from this weekend’s competition.

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    DeMar DeRozan is an underrated player. Maybe he’s a victim of the Chris Bosh syndrome being out there in Toronto all by himself. Hope he gets back into the dunk contest or something so that people can get to see how gifted he is. Also hope he continues to improve his all around game now that he has a legit guard in Kyle Lowry with him.

  • Bravo

    ^ yo I agree with you I’m from Toronto and this dude is serious. Big things next season for him

  • http://www.slamonline.com Gezus

    lehgoo DeRozan

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    What are these “big things” next season?
    I’m serious.
    Name one “big thing” that he is going to do next season.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan15

    derozan doesnt look like he got much better, he better watch out or Tross will take his spot

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    Demar was a disappointment to me last season.. . I mean his one of my favorite players but the season before he showed flashes of brilliance. A big thing that might happen maybe is a more consistent jumper or be a better defender i mean you can tell he put in weight and he is crazy athletic

  • Jamski

    I like that this has turned into a Derozan discussion. I laugh though at those that assume that his game has made any leaps from watching highlights of a summer run. It’s true he’s progressing along and still improving. His 3 took a huge step last season as well as his aggression towards getting to the hoop but his ceiling is still very very untapped. He’s had the green light and the starting SG spot since his arrival in TO. Please don’t blame the city of Toronto and Canada on his slow development. He’s had every opportunity granted to him by the organization to blow up “VC style” (which some have compared him to, but only because he plays in TO and has some hops, nothing else). This will be the most important year of his career thus far, coming off the Select team, and he will have the reigns of this team along with Bargnani. It will be exciting to see if he can make the next step from youngster with potential to potential All Star(which he definitely has the attributes to do). And if he gets the Raptors into the playoffs then it doesn’t matter where he plays, he’ll get his deserved credit. Every team is fighting for the same title and once those lights come on, he’s gotta show the world what he’s capable of. Right now way too much of the burden has gone Bargnani’s way. Derozan’s time is now or never(in TO at least).

  • Jamski

    PS 1:13 would have been a 50 in any dunk contest

  • Bravo

    Big things as in he will have a better season hopefully his best of his career. Plus hope to see him jam on more ppl

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The ease with which he did some of those dunks in that game is what sticks out to me. It’s just a pickup game style of play, but I like the confidence he plays with. A better all-around game is what he needs. The Raptors are moving in the right direction. Lowry is definitely an upgrade over Calderon. Players don’t just show up for the US Select Team, they’re chosen. He was chosen for a reason. Players from that team usually end up on the Olympic team if they earn it. Obviously Colangelo and Coach K saw/see something in him. His scoring and FG% dipped this past season, but if he can get up to above 20 points a game and get back to the 46 or 47% FG percentage this next season, he will be headed in the right direction. He should rebound more as well being 6’7 220.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^He won’t score 20PPG in his career.
    At least not for a team that wins 30 games..

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    It’s highly possible especially now that teams will have to pay more attention to Lowry than they did to Calderon. 3 more points a game, natural growth of a player. He’s only 23. It will be easy to get over 20 a game.

  • Ltron

    Damn I would not like to guard Harden, thats one sweaty mudda.

  • bigA

    @Ltron: maybe ball just ain’t your sport.
    Not saying I like to guard sweaty players but I would’t care cause it’s effinn J. Harden. I’d love to play against him.

  • Shotta


    Andrew Harrison with the stare down lol.

  • Billy Hoyle

    Brandon Jennings makes it look easy…Milwaukee needs to get someone to play alongside him and monta quick.

  • Billy Hoyle

    oh and LA should’ve got Derozan to replace Kobe in the long run…that dude can get to the rack