Elite 24: Day One Notebook

Brandon Ashley

HARBOR CITY, Calif. - The Boost Mobile Elite 24 tipped off on Wednesday night with pickup games, giving some of Scout.com's highest rated recruits the chance to stand out against NBA competition.

Midnight Run highlights day one


Wednesday was registration day at the Boost Mobile Elite 24, with the only real event being the Midnight Run, essentially a series of short pickup games with the high school kids going up against a pro team of Brandon Jennings, Kemba Walker, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Williams and Jordan Hamilton.

The games were short on defense and filled with players trying to make highlight reel dunks. Regardless, three of the most impressive high school players in attendance were Brandon Ashley, Tony Parker and Shabazz Muhammad, who are featured in this notebook.

Thursday's agenda includes a community outreach program, Under Armour training and more scrimmages.

Friday is the event's dunk contest and the actual game will take place on Saturday.

Ashley narrowing it down


Brandon Ashley is inching closer to a decision.

The Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep power forward has narrowed his school list to four: Arizona, UCLA, Oregon and Kentucky.

On Wednesday, Ashley scrimmaged against an ex-player of one of those schools in Derrick Williams, who put in a good word for Arizona.

"He said it's a great school and it gets people out to the league," Ashley said of his conversation with Williams...

"They all have great programs. Kentucky gets people to the league, Oregon has too, as well as UCLA. They all have great programs and it's going to be exciting to see where I end up."

Up next for Ashley will be visits, and he's still the process of setting those up.

"I'm going to take some visits probably at the beginning of October or end of September but I haven't set anything up yet," he said. "I just want to see where I end up with my list and see if that goes down or anything before I take my visits."

Parker back from Memphis


Last week Memphis hosted one of the nation's top centers in Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove five-star prospect Tony Parker.

Scout.com's 20th ranked 2012 prospect said the trip went well.

"It was a great unofficial for my mom to see the school; she hadn't been up there for a while," Parker said. "I thought I'd take her up there before we went to my grandmother's house and I had a really good time; it was really fun."

Ohio State and Duke remain involved with Parker, who said he also plans on visiting UCLA.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Parker said of the UCLA visit. "They're really coming on strong... they have a new coach from Atlanta (Korey McCray) and he's worked me out before. I'm really looking forward to that. They're a really good school."

Parker said that he plans on visiting Memphis for its Midnight Madness event.

Shabazz stands out


Scout.com's #1 2012 prospect recently sat out during adidas Nations due to a sprained ankle. He's back in action at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 and didn't disappoint during Wednesday evening pickup games.

In fact, two NBA players both said Muhammad was the player they were most impressed by.

"The kid Shabazz Muhammad is pretty good," Sacramento King Tyreke Evans said. "He has a nice body, he's athletic and can dribble the ball. He went out there and played hard. It was always fun playing against him."

Derrick Williams agreed with Evans' assessment.

"Shabazz Muhammad is really good, he's really skilled," Williams said. "He can jump. He can really use that at the next level. His wingspan, his size and quickness will really help."

* Inna Lazarev contributed to this report.

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