Welcome to the Pro-Am World
Basketball fans around the country always experience a lull in action during the summer. Typically during this time you don’t get to see many pro mens players play aside from watching videos workout or going to play pickup with college or pro players. It’s usually not enough for the casual fan. Some don’t even entertain the idea of watching WNBA games.
Well luckily for fan who live in the DMV area, there are several gyms that can soothe that ache for watching professional, high quality basketball. One example of such is the Kenner League. The Kenner is played at Georgetown University, in their smaller on-campus gym. It’s been a hub for local college phenoms and a handful of pros to play against one another. Just last summer incoming freshman James Akinjo and social media darling Mac McClung took the Kenner by storm. The young backcourt combined for a plethora of showstopping dunks in transition, and ankle-breaking crossovers.
Players at University of Maryland like Anthony Cowan and Daryl Morsell played, as well as former Virginia Tech guard Justin Robinson used the Kenner as their playground to bully and show off their inner alpha dog. Even George Mason forward AJ Wilson showed off his bounce and energy with every thunderous dunk and demoralizing block.
Many of these same players will be back this summers showing off their tantalizing skill sets. Including other players like Jared Bynum, a Georgetown Prep graduate and transfer from St. Joseph U to Providence, Aaron Wiggins(UMD), CJ Williams (Howard), and Jameer Nelson Jr(GW and son of former NBA All-Star Jameer Nelson).
One other storied summer league to make sure to go see is the Goodman League. A streetball league in the trenches of Southeast D.C., the Barry Farms Dwellings basketball courts. Not only is it an intense and competitive league, but it’s known for its family environment inside the Gate, playing Go-go music and featuring a trash-talking emcee, Miles Rawls, who provides nickname and commentary going on in the court. With the city itself going through a change due to gentrification around the outside of the gates, the play inside the gates continues to improve.
Just like the Kenner, college and pro players have called the Goodman home. Former 2x Finals MVP Kevin Durant famously dropped 60 points during the NBA summer lockout of 2012. Baltimore legend Aquille Carr, aka the Showstopper, has shown up on occasion and destroyed the competition despite his diminutive frame. Randy Gill, aka White Chocolate, calls the league home too. Many a streetball legend too
It’s almost a guarantee that you will see something insane happen with the Gate or the Kenner. The environment is welcoming, down to the trash-talking, dizzying dribbling, and electrifying dunks, you will see two leagues that epitomize the love that the city has for basketball. Which low-key is the cities favorite sport, more-so than sitting on Sundays and watching the Redskins play. Any day you are guaranteed something amazing will happen. You will not be disappointed. Thats a promise.