Friday, August 23, 2013

2013 Under Armour Elite 24 Information In New York City

What: Under Armour Elite 24 - A national high school showcase with some of the best players in the nation playing the game of basketball. A few might be a year or two away from the NBA. You never know. If you are a tourist or a basketball fan or both this is one of the best free basketball events this summer in New York City.  

Who: Roster below. 

When: August 23 2013 (Friday) 6:00 PM  and August 24 2014 (Saturday) 7:00 PM - more details below

Where: Tobacco Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn. By Water Street and Dock Street for both days.

How to get there: Car, magic carpet, helicopter, parachute, or take the train. A or C train to High Street, 2 or 3 train to Clark Street, F train to York Street. 

Price of admission: Free on Friday and Saturday. Space is very limited. Potentially 1,500 seats. Arrive early. 

August 23 2013 (Friday) 6:00 PM Schedule: 

3 point contest and dunk contest. Not too clear of who are the participants. They are good. It is the Elite 24.

August 24 2014 (Saturday) 7:00 PM Schedule: 

Game tip off at 7:00 PM or watch on ESPN. Doors open at 5:00 PM? There will be a lot of people who can't get it. Go early. 

Roster of players: 

Team Coney Island coached by Chris Mullin

Joel Berry - Apopka, FL - North Carolina

Devin Booker - Ocean Springs, MS 

Cheick Diallo - Centereach, NY (2015) 

Harry Giles  - Winstom-Salem, NC (2016) 

Stanley Johnson -   Fullerton, CA 

Chris McCullough - Bronx, NY 

Emmanuel Mudiay - Dallas, TX 

Kelly Oubre - Richmond, TX 

Theo Pinson - Greensboro, NC - North Carolina

Reid Travis - Minneapolis, MN 

Romelo Trimble - Upper Marlboro, MD - Maryland

Rashad Vaughn - Golden Valley, MN 

Stephen Zimmerman - Las Vegas, NV (2015) 

Team Bed-Stuy coached by Pearl Washington

Chris Chiozza - Bartlett, TN - Florida

Justin Jackson - Tomball, TX - North Carolina

Tyus Jones - Apple Valley, MN 

Thon Maker - Martinsville, VA (2016) 

Malik Newman - Ridgeland, MS (2015) 

Goodluck Okonoboh - Woburn, MA 

Ivan Rabb - Oakland, CA (2015) 

D’Angelo Russell - Lousiville, KY - Ohio State

Myles Turner - Bedford, TX 

Isaiah Whitehead - Brooklyn, NY 

Justise Winslow - Houston, TX 

Dion Wiley - Oxon Hill, MD - Maryland

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Life Of A College Baller: When Not At Yale Justin Sears Discusses That Dollar Pizza Life & Playing At Nike Pro City

What’s up people? Summer is coming to a conclusion now and I am pretty much all packed up and set to start my sophomore campaign at Yale. Looking back at the past 4 months off, it is safe to say this has been one of my best summers yet. If I had to describe it one word, it would be “Dollar Pizza”… Okay, that is actually two words, sorry. Anyway, I could write a whole post on my love for dollar pizza but I promised The Basketball Diary I’d share my summer experience with you guys. So here goes. 

I came home from New Haven in May with no serious plans for the summer besides working out and being a coach at local basketball camps. Many of my classmates were able to do study-abroad programs in countries like France, China, Peru, and England to name a few. Some of my teammates snagged cool internships working at business firms, the fashion magazine GQ, and even one guy was able to work with Russell Westbrook to help with his new fashion line. Being at home was great, but the start of my summer was looking pretty average compared to a lot of my peers.  

Fortunately, my teammate Armani saved me from the monotony of my first month home. He invited me up to New York, to play in pickup runs a few times a week at the prestigious New York Athletic Club on 59th street.  Playing at the New York Athletic Club or NYAC was different than the pickup runs I had back home in Jersey. Competing on the floor were professional basketball players, who play in foreign countries like France, Turkey, Japan, Greece, Israel, Spain and many more if I were to continue. A good number of these guys had short stints in the NBA, or were fringe NBA prospects coming out of college and now make their living playing professionally overseas. The trip up was always worth it on many different levels. Besides my game starting to mature since I was playing with more experienced players, I was able to hear the success stories and setbacks with having a professional career overseas. The trips to NYAC helped give a better understanding on possible routes for me post graduation if I continue to play basketball.

With time, I started taking more trips to New York for pickup runs and workouts. Unfortunately, I had no clue how the New York subway system worked and my Dad could not continue to escort me wherever I needed to go in New York. My first few trips on my own proved disastrous. I failed to have the presence of mind to make sure I was stepping on the right train. There were quite a few times I made it close to Harlem before I realized I wasn’t even going in the right direction. In time, I learned to put my ego to the side and to ask for directions if ever lost. Soon I was able to understand the train schedules and map and could make my way around town. I still had my problems, as there are countless stories of me making an idiot of myself. I always managed to find new ways to trip over my feet, get caught in the turnstiles, have train doors shut in my face, and there was that one time I dropped a slice of pizza on the tracks. I was definitely comedy for any witnesses of these actions but I was always in too big a rush to notice. 

In addition to playing at NYAC, I got to play in Nike Pro City. Nike Pro City is a summer league tournament held at Baruch College and is considered the best summer league in New York. The Pro City experience was definitely unique. New York fans are the most passionate people about Basketball and are not shy to share their praise or disapproval of the play on the floor. I saw first hand experience of this when a heckling section was formed against Chris Smith (J.R. Smith of the NY Knicks little brother) because he could not hit a shot from the field. This definitely made me nervous since the crowds were more obscene than the average college student section.  Fortunately, I proved to be a crowd favorite for my many dunks and high energy. Playing in Pro City was a lot of fun and my team, NYAC/Dyckman, was competitive in the league.

Around Mid-July, the summer scene around New York became interesting. The NBA allowed for their players to play in sanctioned summer leagues. At the time, I did not know this and was definitely caught off guard when I saw Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets throw on a uniform for the opposing team. At that time I wasn’t mentally prepared to play against NBA talent but the experience prepared me for future matchups this summer.  NBA players continued to make appearances at Pro City and other NY Leagues as twitter was filled with rumors on where NBA stars would be playing for the night. This added an element of excitement since we never knew whom we would be playing with or against. This increased attendance at games significantly. Kyrie Irving, Nate Robinson, David Lee, and Andray Blatche were some of the bigger name players who made appearances at Pro City. Landry Fields of the Toronto Raptors even came out for one game to help my team make the playoffs.  Kyrie Irving was confirmed to be playing against my team in the playoffs and I was looking forward for this rematch. I was hoping to pick up my first win against him since I went 0-3 against him my sophomore year of high school. Fortunate for him he kept his undefeated record in tact, as he didn’t show up for the night. 

My team eventually lost in the playoffs but we had a great run on the summer and I made good connections with everyone on the squad. My summer in New York was great and an eye opening experience. Playing against NBA talent, learning my way around the city, and watching games at Dyckman and West 4th street kept me from having a boring summer in front of the TV. I look forward to coming back next summer and doing the whole thing again. This post ran a little long but thanks for the read people. Also thanks to The Basketball Diary for keeping any possible footage of me getting mixed or embarrassed on the court away from public eye. Much appreciated. 

P.S. Trying to get to 500 followers on twitter before the start of the season.  Help a brother out and follow me @Jussears5.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Kwame Alexander Of Team LA (The Drew League) One Handed Monster Alley On Aaron Johnson of Team Philly (The Chosen League) At Nike TOC

Former Cal State San Bernardino Kwame Alexander who plays with The Game's Money Gang at The Drew League and is heading to Greece this fall was chosen as one of the participants to represent Team LA to be on Nike Tournament of Champions in New York City. Great pick. He showed the folks at Gersh Park (East New York Memorial) what the west can do as he catches a one handed alley over Aaron Johnson of Team Philly from The Chosen League. However Team Philly went on a second half run and defeated Team LA.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Jabari Peters of Sam Houston State Posterizes Vernon Teel At Gersh Park

During game 2 of the best out of 3 series format ADC's Jabari Peters who is heading to Sam Houston State University this fall throws down a ridiculous dunk on Vernon Teel of The Villains at East New York Memorial Classic better known as Gersh Park. Count the and 1. Put the defender in a body bag. The Villain however went on to win forcing an epic game 3 finals this week. Vernon Teel has to return the favor in game 3 or meet Jabari Peters next season.

Friday, August 9, 2013

2013 NIKE (TOC) Tournament Of Champions Information In New York City

By now people who are in the New York City basketball community know about 2013 Nike Tournament Of Champions also known as Nike TOC. Those that don't know the full details here is the run down information for those who are traveling to New York City and or want to see free basketball games. 

Nike TOC will be held between August 14th 2013 to August 17th 2013 in various locations in New York City. Admissions is free at all locations. Schedule is set unless notified. Continue reading. Legends on the bottom of page.  

August 14th 2013 (Wednesday) :

12:00 PM [Venue: West 4th The Cage] Mens' Team NYC Vs Team DC 

 6:30 PM [Venue: Gershwin Park]        Men's Team Philly Vs Team LA 

 8:30 PM [Venue: Gershwin Park]        Men's Team NYC Vs Team Chicago 

August 15th 2013 (Thursday): 

12:00 PM [Venue: West 4th The Cage] Men's Team DC Vs Team LA 

 2:00 PM [Venue: West 4th The Cage] Men's Team Philly Vs Team Chicago 

 6:30 PM [Venue: Dyckman Park]       Men's Team DC Vs Team Chicago 

 8:30 PM [Venue: Dyckman Park]       Men's Team NYC Vs Team LA 


August 16th 2013 (Friday): 

[Venue: Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn Navy Yard] 

10:00 AM Men's Team Philly Vs Team DC 

12:00 PM Team New Jersey Vs Team Philly [Boy's High School]

 2:00 PM Team New York Vs Team DC        [Boy's High School]

 4:00 PM  Men's Team LA Vs Team Chicago 

 6:00 PM Men's Team NYC Vs Team Philly 

 8:00 PM Team Kevin Durant Vs Team James Harden 
              [Kevin Durant and James Harden along with his beard will be involved in this game.]

August 17th 2013 (Saturday): 

[Venue: Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn Navy Yard] 

10:00 AM Men's Semifinals 

12:00 PM Men's Semifinals 

  2:00 PM Girl's High School All Stars Game  

  4:00 PM Boy's High School Championship 

  6:00 PM Women All Stars Game 

  8:00 PM Men's Nike Tournament of Champions Final 

10:00 PM Music Performance


How to get the venues listed above: 

For West 4th The Cage. Located on the corner of West 3rd Street and 6th Ave in Manhattan. 
Train Stop: West 4th Street Station - A, B, C, D, E, F, M trains. 

For Gershwin Park. Located on Linden Blvd. between Vermont Street and Van Siclen Ave in Brooklyn. 
Train Stop: Van Siclen Station - 3 Train 

For Dyckman Park. Located West 204th Street and Nagle Ave in Manhattan. 
Train Stop: 207th Street Station or Dyckman Street Station - 1 Train 

For Duggall Greenhouse (Building #268) In Brooklyn Navy Yard. Located on 63 Flushing Ave in Brooklyn. 
Train Stop: York Street Station - F train
There should be an entrance on Sands Street and Navy Street. 
There will be a free shuttle from Atlantic Avenue Station (Barclay Center). Not sure how many times it will run. Guessing every 15 to 30 minutes depending on traffic and such. 

Players roster playing in these entire events - Do not have a list. If it comes to light, their names will be posted. 

Zamal Nixon The Controversy Delivers an Ankle Breaker On Chaz Williams Then Makes A Ridiculous Step Back Jumper On Gary Ervin At NIKE PRO CITY FINALS

Last year's NIKE PRO CITY was exciting but this year's took it up another notch as Sean Bell All Stars took Big Apple Basketball to overtime. Late in the fourth quarter with Sean Bell down a few points uprising star Zamal Nixon creates a play of his own against last year's NYC Player of the Year, Gary Ervin, and pound for pound the best little man in the nation, Chaz Williams of UMass. Zamal spins Gary off then breaks Chaz's ankle, gathers himself as he rises up and hit the step back jumper. And 1. Count the ghost call. Drove the crowd to the brink of insanity. 

Dominique Uhl of Jersey Shore Warriors Dunk On Josh Sharma of Mass Rivals

Dominique Uhl the kid from Germany throwing it down on Josh Sharma. Dribble, drive, dunk. 

Alejo Rodriguez Nasty Poster On St Johns' Chris Obekpa The Nations Best Shot Blocker At NIKE PRO CITY

In an exciting playoff game between Dyckman/NYAC Vs Sean Bell All Stars, the former Iona Gaels standout, Alejo Rodriguez throws down a nasty dunk on Chris Obekpa. And one of the best dunks this season at Nike Pro City. Very rarely does anyone get past Chris as he is the nations leading shot blocker past season, even ahead of Nerlens Noel. Mid air body contact then boom. This put the crowd to their feet. The referees forgot to call the foul. Unfortunately Dyckman/NYAC lost a nail biter. Sean Bell All Stars went on to win the championship last night. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Jersey Shore Warriors (New Jersey) Vs Team Philly (Pennsylvania) | 2013 LIVE IN AC


July 24th 2013 

2013 LIVE IN AC 

Jersey Shore Warriors Vs Team Philly

Jersey Shore Warriors Roster (White):
#4 Jake Silpe [ Cherry Hill High School East NJ ] 
#10 Devon Moore [ Delone Catholic High School PA ] 
#11 Sean O'Brien [ William Penn Charter School PA ] 
#15 Eric Anderson [ The Haverford School PA ] 
#20 Eric Stafford [ Pitman High School NJ ] 
#22 David Krmpotich [ La Salle College High School PA ] 
#23 Justin McFadden [ Lower Merion High School PA ] 
#24 Brandon Federici [ The Lawrenceville School NJ ] 
#30 Dominique Uhl [ Point Pleasant Beach High School NJ ] 
#32 Mitchell Cohen [ Sparta High School NJ ] 

Team Philly Roster (Blue):
#3 Raheem Hall [ Lower Merion High School PA ] 
#4 Charles Presley [ Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School PA ] 
#5 Floyd Preito [ Constitution High School PA ] 
#10 Rashaan London [ Roman Catholic High School PA ] 
#11 Trayvond Massenburg [ Vaux High School PA ] 
#15 Matthew Rodden [ The Shipley School PA ] 
#22 Jahyde Gardiner [ Paulo Freire Charter School NJ ] 
#34 Christopher Evans [ Norristown Area High School PA ] 
#35 Louis Myers [ Mathematics Civics & Sciences Charter PA ]

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Expressions Elite (Massachusetts) Vs WE R1 (Delaware) | 2013 LIVE IN AC Championship


July 26th 2013 

2013 LIVE IN AC Championship

Expressions Elite Vs WE R1

Expressions Elite Roster (Gray): 
#0 Abdul Malik Abu [ Kimball Union Academy NH ] 
#1 Cane Broome [ St Thomas More School CT ] 
#4 Dimitri Floras [ Vermont Academy VT ] 
#10 Ikenna Ndugba [ Brooks School MA ] 
#11 Idris Taqqee [ Cushing Academy MA ] 
#21 Jesse Bunting [ Tabor Academy MA ] 
#24 Kahari Beaufort [ East Hartford High School CT ] 
#32 Jared Terrell [ Brewster Academy NH ] 
#33 Alec Brennan [ Milton Academy MA ] 
#35 Aaron Falzon [ St Mark's School MA ] 

WE R1 Roster (Black):
#5 JoeCooper [ The Tatnall School DE ] 
#10 Derrick Jones [ Archbishop John Carroll High School PA ] 
#20 James Kirksey [ Chester High School PA ]
#21 Tyrell Sturdivant [ Glasgow High School DE ] 
#22 Nathan Hickman [ Wilmington Christian School DE ] 
#23 Todd Hughes [ Sanford School DE ] 
#33 Austin Tilghman [ St Andrew's School DE ] 
#34 Ben Bentil [ St Andrew's School DE ]