Those of you who are familiar with streetball probably know the names “Professor”, “Air Up There”, “Springs”, “AO”, and “Pat the Roc”. They, along with the rest of the Ball Up team, are headed to China for a three game tour with former NBA players Allen Iverson and Rafer Alston, better known to some as NYC playground legend “Skip to my Lou”.
As Ball Up prepares to head into the new year they are expanding their roster to better provide top notch entertainment for their fans around the world.
Los Angeles, CA – November 29, 2012 – Ball Up is expanding its roster with the announcement of the team’s latest addition, Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones which brings the team to a current total of 12 members. This summer’s 2nd season of Ball Up’s FSN sports reality series, “Ball Up: The Search for the Next Streetball Star,” saw the recently signed Gary Smith crowned America’s Next Best Streetball Player, but Ball Up didn’t stop there. In an effort to continue to establish the brand, Ball Up saw Jones as a necessary addition to create the culture and promote the lifestyle surrounding the brand.
“Identifying talent and expanding the team is one avenue that Ball Up is pursuing to raise awareness around the sport, the brand and the lifestyle,” said Ball Up CEO Demetrius Spencer. “A strategic addition to our All-Star caliber team, Hugh is one of the most prolific streetball players of all time and brings an overall game that will not go unnoticed.”
Raised in Washington D.C., the 6’3”, 230 lb, two-time “Red Bull King of the Rock” champion received his nickname, “Baby Shaq” in school when teammates said he would grab every rebound that came off the glass. After watching Jones play, Shaquille O’Neal himself said, “This guy deserves to be in the league.” Jones attended and played for The College of Southern Maryland averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds. He was also the 2003 MVP of The Goodman League, the most competitive amateur basketball league in all of D.C. Most recently, Jones played for the Pro AM league, the Beltway Bombers in Washington DC. and for the Washington Greenhawks. Jones has ball handling skills that go unmatched even in the NBA and is considered to be nearly unguardable on the court.
Jones made his Ball Up debut in an exhibition game in Indonesia and prior to that as a judge and guest captain alongside NBA legends and players Sebastian Telfair, Sam Cassell and Kwame Brown this past summer during Ball Up’s Summer tour in search of “America’s Next Best Streetball Star”, which aired on Fox Sports Net.
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