Category - College

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UCLA defeats McNeese St at home
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USC defeats Cal Poly SLO
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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep2 – Draft Day – Delon Wright
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Celebrities come together to “Ball For A Cause” at Staples Center
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Battle of the West: The Drew League vs Seattle Pro Am
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Thru The Lens: Zach LaVine workout with Drew Hanlen
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Imperial Courts annual game honors Brandon Jennings and Mark Hill
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The Cassy Athena Collection
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Becky Hammon and Spurs make Summer League History
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Devin Booker scores 31 for Suns victory

UCLA defeats McNeese St at home

UUCLA has been off to a solid start with beating some of the best teams in the country – including Kentucky (1) and Gonzaga (20). They took the win 67-53 over McNeese State to finish off their last game before the conference games start. Check out the photos below!

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USC defeats Cal Poly SLO

UUSC has been off to a strong start, keeping their record 9-2 for the season. Cal Poly SLO has been making noise as well, beating teams like Fresno and coming very close to winning against UNLV and UCLA. They were unsuccessful at getting past the trojans, as they took a solid lead and won the game. Check out the photo gallery below

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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep2 – Draft Day – Delon Wright

CCassy Athena follows NBA 2015 Draft Prospect Delon Wright on his draft day. Delon graduated from the University of Utah and was projected to go in the first round. Instead of heading to New York to be present at the draft, his brother (NBA Player Dorell Wright) and agent set up a big party for him with friends and family in his hometown of Los Angeles. Check out his special day as he enters the NBA! *Check out the photo gallery below too!*

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Celebrities come together to “Ball For A Cause” at Staples Center

AAces in Action and the Venice Beach League came together to present a celebrity game at Staples Center for a charity game. The”Ball For A Cause” game took place immediately following the LA Sparks game on Sunday afternoon.

The game included a roster of celebrities, including Terrell Owens, Romeo Miller, Lil Fizz, Cameron Boyce and more. Streetball legends like Bone Collector, The Professor, Pat The Roc and Sik Wit It were representing as well. A lot of talented designers, actors, music artists, athletes and more came together for a day of fun and raising money. Check out the photos below!

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Battle of the West: The Drew League vs Seattle Pro Am

EElectrifying. Two of the most prominent NBA summer leagues face off against each other in a heated battle for bragging rights of the West. This was the first time two pro-ams got together since the NBA lockout in 2011. On August 28th, the Drew League cast of all stars featuring Baron Davis, Stanley Johnson, Trevor Ariza, Bobby Brown, Dorell Wright, Pooh Jeter, Malcolm Thomas, Dijon Thompson and Kwame Alexander made the trip to Seattle Pacific University to face off against the Seattle Pro Am, with guys like Isaiah Thomas, Jamal Crawford, Zach LaVine and Nate Robinson. Hours before tip off, the line was wrapped around the block and down the street.

The warm ups started off big, watching guys like Zach LaVine, Kwame Alexander and Stanley Johnson throwing down big dunks. However, once the game started, Jamal Crawford’s handles were on full display; while Bobby Brown’s hesitation moves seemed un guard-able. Players pulled all types of tricks out of their bag, like Nate Robinson going baseline through a defenders leg for an awkward backwards layup, or when  5’9″ Isaiah Thomas rejected 6’8 Trevor Ariza’s dunk attempt. The Drew League wasn’t short of their action shots – with Stanley Johnson and Malcolm Thomas doing monster dunks over players, or Baron Davis deciding to step down from coaching and join the game! There were some close calls and some questionable plays, but ultimately Seattle walked away with the win 135-124.

Next summer the Seattle team will be coming to Los Angeles to play the Drew League! Looking forward to it. Check out the photo gallery below!

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Thru The Lens: Zach LaVine workout with Drew Hanlen

WWe stopped through to catch an exclusive workout with NBA Trainer, Drew Hanlen, as he trains Minnesota Timberwolves, Zach LaVine!! More videos coming soon! Check out some of the photos below. Video filmed by Cassy Athena, Edited by Jordan Richard.

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Imperial Courts annual game honors Brandon Jennings and Mark Hill

LLos Angeles is a very large city that ranges from all types of people. Some parts of the city are more explored than others. A rare look into the Los Angeles projects is something hardly seen, especially being shown in a positive light. Compton native and NBA star Brandon Jennings wanted to change this a few years ago. He decided one night to show up at the Imperial Courts projects in Watts and surprise all the fans with a visit from an NBA player. He is the first player that came to play in a game in that area – and it was amazing! Brandon, along with Imperial Courts native/Pro Basketball player, Mark Hill, put together a game for all the community to enjoy. Everyone loved seeing it – so much so that they decided to make it an annual event. The next year they brought out Nick Young, Dorell Wright, JaVale McGee, Jerome Jordan and more. This year Brandon was not able to make the game due to rehabbing from an in-season injury, but Mark Hill continued the game. Mark, along with Joee Evans, put together another year of the event, including talented pro players, local guys, DJ’s and photographers. The game ended with a game winning shot by Mark Hill, complete with everyone rushing the court to congratulate him! Joee presented awards for Mark and Brandon to commend all that they do to give back to the community in Los Angeles. It’s a great cause and I was honored to be apart of it again! Check out the photos below

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The Cassy Athena Collection

II recently held my first gallery to showcase my photography! The event took place the day before the ESPYS and it was a great turnout. The venue that hosted the gallery was Neo 39 in Old Town Pasadena, it was an underground space that they recently built but hasn’t been open to the public yet.

The space included 37 of my photos – ranging from sports to music to lifestyle. Featured pictures included Paul George, Pooch Hall, Andre Drummond, Jeron Johnson, Trevor Jackson, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, The Game and more…

 

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It was such a beautifully organized event – with everything from a Red Carpet, Catering, The Dodgers DJ, Our sponsors Neo 39, Brees Cakes, Silky Socks, Toast Vodka, Dale Energy, Body Armour, Deuce Brand, as well as amazing photographers & videographers to capture everything. I had such an amazing time! BIG Thank you to Dominique/CMPR-inc for putting this together last minute and believing in me to pull everything together. Thanks to Nick Young for also signing a pair of Foamposite’s to auction off to Charity for Union Station.

Special guests included Andre Drummond, Cortez Bryant, Don Benjamin, Quincy Miller, Isaiah Austin, Craig Smith, Omar Bolden, Jeron Johnson, Duke Ihenacho, Jonathan Dowling, Marvin Cortes, Brittney Elena, E.B. Wright and more…

Check out the Photos and Videos from the event!!

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Becky Hammon and Spurs make Summer League History

TThis summer the Spurs made history by having the first ever womens head coach for their summer league team. This alone was an amazing breakthrough and awesome to see hard working women rise to the top! The Spurs not only were the first team led by a woman, but they broke another record by also winning the summer league championship! The Spurs beat out the Suns to win the title for 2015 Summer League champs. Check out the photo gallery below

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Devin Booker scores 31 for Suns victory

TThe summer league games are one of the greatest showcases for fresh faces trying to build a name. It’s great to see the rookies come out and show why they were drafted as well. Devin Booker did just that – and them some. This was a big game because the Pelicans had Seth Curry – who has been a big contender all summer long. Booker came out strong though – scoring 31 points to take the Suns to the championship game tomorrow night. Make sure to look out for Devin during the season!! Excited to watch his career grow.

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