Although this is Joe Gently’s first year playing professional basketball, he knew he loved the game as a high school player growing up in New York City.
After basketball moved him to Mississippi for school, Gently begin to take basketball more seriously after realizing just how far it could take him in life.
Blessed with her own mouth guard line in support of breast cancer, in conjunction with top dentist Dr. Lee Gause and world famous boxer Floyd Mayweather, Milani Malik is proof that dreams can come true when you work hard and remain focused.
Milani Malik has been playing professional basketball for 3 years with teams in Trinidad and Tobago, Montenegro, Men’s Professional ABA for the NYC Thunder and is currently playing in Aulnoye Aymeries.
At the age of nine, Lester Hunte was exposed to the game of basketball through watching the “greats” such as Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant, his older brother’s favorite player. Mesmerized by such influential images, Hunte knew what he wanted to do in life.
Living in the projects of Bronx, New York, Hunte played basketball in the house on a daily basis with his older brothers, Marcus and Sherod, to stay out of trouble in the rough neighborhoods surrounding them. Making due of what he had, he would set up a basket behind his door and use beach balls from the local Wal-Mart as basketballs.
After dropping out of high school in the 9th grade, Brian Addison remained loyal to his dreams of someday playing Division 1 basketball.
Brian Addison fell in love with the game of basketball at age 7 after being introduced to the sport by his father who was a standout player at both John Adams High School in Queens, New York, as well as West Texas State University. Influenced by his father on and off the court, Addison knew he had to make better decisions. Watching his peers play basketball and hearing people tell him he was wasting his talent encouraged Addison to begin going above and beyond what others expected of him.
Though my high school team beat his in the Northern Indiana Conference on our way to a sectional championship I knew that this tall, scrawny guy was going to be good given a few more pounds and some good coaching. Out of the realm of scouting it’s not hard to recognize pure talent and heart and Jarrod Jones showed me that long before we crossed paths again. A few years later at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana he would go on to gain a starting spot proving my early predictions were correct.
Jones fell in love with basketball around the age of five or six playing with his two older brothers and two cousins after many of their driveway battles, having a dad for a coach couldn’t have hurt either. Being the youngest in the pack he was beat up on some on the court but looking back he knows it has made him better.
At the young age of 12 Antawn Doubie figured out his ticket and how going to make it through school, basketball. A natural athlete and doing well in anything he tried it was basketball that gave him the internal excitement. Play after play I was able to entertain and all eyes were on me. Doubie was able to take that energy and excitement and come back each week with something new sure to wow his coaches and the crowd.
Playing for his first organized team, StarClaire Lakers in North Carolina, they went 22-0, won the championship, and Doubie was league MVP setting a new scoring record of 34pts in the championship game.
Twenty two years later Doubie still thrives off of the energy he receives on the court.
“Everyone is not as fortunate as other players. It’s a part of the game and it’s a part of life.”
Ev Richardson says the game of basketball welcomed him with open arms at a young age. Growing up, family, friends and having access to basketball around his neighborhood is what got him started; however, his family and his drive is what has kept him going – wanting to see how far the game will take him and wanting to become the best player he can possibly be.