Thompson, Joseph, and Kabongo Ball On Legendary Rucker Park
Published by CROWN staff on August 7, 2009
Canada’s Tristan Thompson has been selected to participate in the prestigious Boost Mobile Elite 24 event, hosted by ESPN RISE. This event is the USA’s premier showcase for the top 24 elite high school basketball players. The 6’9 star from Findlay Prep, Nevada, who is currently ranked #2 in the ESPNU Top 100, was one of the first 12 players selected.
Thompson is no stranger to this ESPN event, as he was also selected as a participant in last year’s game. He also led his Findlay Prep team to the championship of the ESPN RISE High School Invitational in April 2009. As Thompson continues to develop as a player and rack up accolades, it becomes increasingly apparent why Texas went head-over-heels to ink him to a full scholarship early in his high school career.
CROWN has also learned that two other young Canadian stars have been named to the Elite 24 roster in the second round of selections: Cory Joseph from Pickering, Ontario and Myck Kabongo from Toronto. Joseph is a teammate of Thompson’s at Findlay Prep. The 6’2 combo guard has a list of college suitors that reads as the who’s-who of NCAA basketball. Kabongo, who has already committed to Texas as a 2011 recruit along with Thompson, currently plays at St. Benedict Prep in New Jersey.
This is great news for Canadian basketball, as it demonstrates our growing talent pool, as well as the recognition we are starting to receive from our southern neighbours.
The Boost Mobile Elite 24 event will take place on Friday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m. ET at New York City’s legendary Rucker Park.