July 19, 2010

Throughout the sprawling neighborhoods of Atlanta, Georgia, one thing remains constant: Basketball.

On courts around ATL, ballers of all ages play a tough-nosed brand of hoops that represents the spirit of the city, and ridiculous athletes show flashes of brilliances worthy of any stage. Let us introduce some guys who are deeply rooted in the community off-the-court, and mean as hell on it.

The Campbell Twins
Born and raised in College Park, the Campbell twins are Atlanta through and through. After dominating at local West Lake High, Scott and Chris played professional ball both domestically and overseas before returning to their neighborhood, where they still play at their local recreation center four times a week. Whether jawing about cars, ball, or life, the twins have a sibling rivalry that runs deep, and a love for Atlanta that might run deeper.

Dion Glover
Dion’s love for basketball has taken him such far-fledged places as Turkey, Lebanon, and the Dominican Republic, but it all started in Marietta, Georgia. A stud in high school, he went on to play college and professional ball in Atlanta, and perhaps most importantly, set up his own ATL-based charity to help provide youth aid and development. But dont let good deeds diminish his prowess on the court; a combo guard with a silky jumper and enough boost to put people on posters, Dion represents what the ATL game is all about.

JJ Merritt
A born and bred “Grady Baby” – JJ Merrit has given his life to the growth of hoops in Atlanta, and the dude could ball too. From middle school through his record-setting days in college, JJ has succeeded on every level, and continues to do so by coaching future U12 stars. The CEO of Pro Performance, a Basketball Skills Training Company, JJ’s family ties go back five generations in Atlanta, and he is helping to ensure that many more will follow.

Matt Harpring
For basketball fans, Matt Harping’s name needs no introduction. His legendary career in Georgia began at Marist High School before becoming an All-American in college. His professional career in America was highlighted by his tenure in Utah, where his high shooting percentages from the floor and the stripe helped carry the team deep into the playoffs multiple times. Currently a studio analyst, Harpring’s rugged game is the stuff of Atlanta folklore.

Adrian Jones
Adrian Jones has done it all. He balled in college. He took his game to the next level in the US and overseas. And now he is giving something back by coaching in Atlanta, while schooling cats of all ages on local courts.

Comments (10)
  • Kareem Howard What are the days that open gym is open for converse Mon Sep 26, 2011
  • Irvin Hutcherson This is great. Next time in Philly please reach out to me so that we can have the Salvation Army Kroc Center as the host venue. It is the best rec gym in Philly. Has 6 me to set up 215-558-1533. Thu Aug 25, 2011
  • Jim This is great! Thu Apr 28, 2011
  • Timothy Nelson Can I order the shoe that Carlos Arroyo wears? I love the mesh design!!! i really want that shoe! Does the sizing run big like a Chuck does! PLEASE answer this! I need those in my life! THANKS Mon Mar 14, 2011
  • .J. Life Innertainment Tue Feb 01, 2011
  • shida how r where can i find thoes? by the way dion u hot dont take this 2 far but u can chat wit me on yahoo Thu Nov 18, 2010
  • Hamid Mathis who ever is in charge of this should do 1 for every state in the country highlighting those who may not have made it into the lime light of todays NBA comp., but just great legendary ballers who have made their dream of Success a Reality... Mon Nov 01, 2010
  • Q. Who can I speak to about having a WNBA player involved w/ this program? Thanks! Wed Sep 15, 2010
  • admin Kind of close - - I *> NYC Mon Aug 16, 2010
  • Josh Smith Where can I buy one of those "I <* PR" shirts that Carlos Arroyo was wearing in the video or where can I but a "I <* ATL" shirts? Mon Aug 16, 2010
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