Last night, I got a glimpse of the potential future of the NBA. I went to the Big Strick Classic in NYC and saw some of the top high school players in the country. These guys are amazing. They include Stephen Zimmerman, Rawle Alkins, Kelly Oubre, and more. I was lucky enough to interview Zimmerman and Alkins, and some other people involved with the Big Strick program including basketball trainer Sammy Clark, and Bingo, who is head coach of Team Nike and had actually coached Big Strick himself! Like me, this was Bingo’s first time at the Big Strick Classic. I will post more about the interviews tomorrow.
Meeting these players was like looking into the future. It was a fascinating experience. I sat at the top of the bleachers watching two scrimmages and witnessing players making explosive dunks, cool layups, long-range jumpers, and many smooth crossovers and fake outs. I’ve never seen so
many dunks in two games. Stephen Zimmerman , Kelly Oubre and Rawle Alkins were some three players that really floored me! Here are my impressions of these two ballers:
Some other key standout highlights from the Classic included Ladarius Chester’s between the legs alley-oop to himself and two-handed it in the basket, Zimmerman’s fake pass over his defender’s head leaving the guy totally dumbfounded before sinking a three in his face, and a few half court shots from a couple of players prompting many “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd, including me and my brother.
The Big Strick Classic was a great experience for me. I had lots of fun interviewing and meeting the players, many of which will make it to the pros. When they do, I will be able to recall this night with excitement and remind everyone that I predicted the future.
Please comment and let me know your thoughts! Also, check out my photos section of the event!
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.