The Under Armour Elite 24 high school basketball tournament celebrated its 10th year in existence recently. Held in New York City for the third straight year, the weekend has a very All-Star Weekend feel to it featuring a slam dunk contest, three-point shootout, and exhibition game that features 24 of the country’s best HS hoop talent.
During their first practice at Xavier High School in Manhattan, <strong>Emmanuel Mudiay</strong> the Denver Nuggets first-round draft pick (7th overall from the 2015 NBA Draft) was in attendance. Taking advantage of the opportunity, I got a chance to speak with him briefly on camera.
Only ever heard about his game. Since I wasn’t able to attend Elite 24 weekend in 2013, I was not yet as versed in his game as I should be. As with most of the interviews I do, it was only afterward recording that I learned more about the subject. Hopefully seeing me not pronounce his name right will have him better prepared for when others make similar mistakes; because it will come. 1st round NBA Draft pick or not.