Under Armour Elite 24: Five Scrimmage Standouts
ATLANTA, Ga.—Elite 24 week continues with a Friday-morning scrimmage session.
The two teams of 12 got warmed up for Saturday night’s game with a two hour session against each other. Here’s who stood out.
To avoid redundancy, I'll omit the players that I covered yesterday, but you can read about them HERE.
The discussion around Ace Bailey being the No. 1 player in 2024 is heating up. Being around him plenty, that’s been a thought rattling around my brain for the last year. He didn’t play his best on Thursday, but Friday saw Bailey show why he’s being talked about as the top dog. He exudes No. 1 energy and looks the part. During the scrimmage, his defensive competitiveness shined, and his combination of wing size, skill, and athleticism showed on offense with versatile scoring and playmaking. What impressed the most was how seamlessly he assumed a leadership role on the team. Vocal while on and off the floor, Bailey was noticeable in that regard.
Bailey is committed to Rutgers.
Sir Mohammed has always stood out because of his playmaking ability from the wing. He’s as good of a passer at the position as there is in the 2024 class. He’s excelled in that regard on both days of Elite 24 thus far. On Friday, his jumper worked well for him. Mohammed consistently connected from beyond the arc while mixing in a flurry from mid-range.
Mohammed is set to announce his college decision on Saturday around the Elite 24 game.
I’ve gotten to see Vyc Miller a lot this summer, and Friday’s Elite 24 scrimmage was the best I’ve seen him. He was relentlessly active on both sides of the ball. Miller was assertive, aggressive with the ball on offense. He attacked deliberately and balanced scoring and passing well. He gave a supercharged effort on defense and on the glass. Miller had his fingerprints all over the game.
Thursday was more of a flashes day for Bidunga, but Friday saw him do what he does best, and that’s dominate around the basket. Bidunga was especially good on the offensive glass throughout the morning. He’s a rebounding machine who’s quick to get off the ground. He showed that throughout the scrimmage. His explosive athleticism is always a show, and Friday was no exception.
Bidunga will announce his college decision at halftime of the Elite 24 game.
Diallo hasn’t had his best outing as a scorer in Atlanta so far, but he’s still been one of the better players in attendance. It’s been his ability to create for others that’s been his hallmark through two days. Diallo is regarded as one of the best point guards in the 2024 class, and he's been showing why he’s as touted as he is. Diallo has been patient in his attack and has been able to find openings to deliver on-target passes to put teammates in positions to be successful.