BALL UP ANNOUNCES 2014 SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE, INCLUDING $100,000 “SEARCH FOR THE NEXT” COMPETITION
The world’s leading streetball brand to visit major cities throughout the country, taking on the top local players at each tour stop; the best player at each stop earns a chance to win a contract worth $100,000 and a spot on the Ball Up roster
The Ball Up national streetball tour invites the best players from cities across the country to compete against the very best in streetball, including streetball legends: The Professor, Bone Collector, AO, Sik Wit It and Air Up There, among others. A tryout will take place on game day in each local tour city, with 10 players being selected to compete against the undefeated Ball Up All-Stars later that night in front of a capacity crowd.
Two MVPs from each city will be invited to participate in a two-day combine camp in which 10 finalists will be selected to play against the Ball Up All-Stars in a championship game in Las Vegas. The selected players will be chosen by the Ball Up judges, which includes the guest NBA coach participating in the weekend’s game. NBA players, past and present that have participated in previous Ball Up events include: James Harden, Derek Fisher, Julius “Dr. J.” Erving, Allen Iverson, Dennis Rodman, Tracy McGrady, Matt Barnes, Rick Fox, DeMar Derozan, Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston and Eric Bledsoe to name a few.
“Ball Up provides local basketball players with an opportunity to gain national attention and simultaneously establish a career as a professional player,” stated Demetrius Spencer, CEO of Ball Up. “Streetball is basketball at its purest form, and Ball Up provides an exciting and safe entertainment experience for the entire family at an affordable price.”
Each tour event is filmed and later broadcast as part of the popular “Ball Up: Search For The Next" TV series, airing this fall on Fox Sports. The complete 2014 Ball Up roster includes: The Professor, AO, Baby Shaq, Air Up There, Bone Collector, Special FX, Springs, Sik Wit It, Violator, G Smith, Mr. Afrika and the newest member to the team “Too Easy,” from Maryland.
About Ball Up, LLC
Founded in 2009, Ball Up is the leading streetball tour in the nation, featuring the Ball Up All-Stars, which includes many of the most celebrated and talented streetball players from across the country. Through its debut of the 2011 Ball Up Season on Fox Sports Net nationwide and tours that span the globe, Ball Up provides the ultimate streetball experience for both fans courtside and viewers at home.