ST. LOUIS – Ball Up is giving local basketball players throughout the St. Louis area the chance to go pro during the 2014 Ball Up summer tour.
Players are invited to bring out their best skills. They’ll compete for a contract worth $100,000 and a spot on the Ball Up All-Star roster, which will be awarded at the conclusion of the tour.
Area players will go head-to-head against the Ball Up All-Stars at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the Mark Twain Arena on the UMSL campus. Families can take in the excitement including guest NBA all-star coaches, musical entertainment and special guest appearances.
Local untapped streetball talent throughout the St. Louis area can take their shot during a tryout. It’s slated for Fairground Park (3715 Natural Bridge Road) at 11 a.m. on Aug. 16 to participate in the open tryouts for the opportunity to compete against the very best in streetball.
Ten players will be selected to represent St. Louis in a competition against the Ball Up team in a display of talent and skill. Throughout the tour, 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.
At the end of the championship game one MVP will win a multi-year contract and become a Ball Up All-Star.
“This year, we anticipate some of the toughest competition that Ball Up has faced, especially with a stop in St. Louis,” said Demetrius Spencer, CEO of Ball Up. “The level of skill and talent we find each year grows exponentially and we always look forward to discovering new talent on the court.”
The Ball Up All-Stars 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.
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, among others.
The Ball Up summer tour travels to major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Louisville, Indianapolis, Atlanta, New York, Birmingham, Chicago, Baltimore, and Las Vegas.
To pre-register for the open run tryouts, tickets, or tour information please visit, www.BallUp.com.