Category - HIgh School

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Thru The Lens (DAY IN THE LIFE) – Cream of the Crop – Michael Porter Jr
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Thru The Lens: (INTERVIEW) The City Of Dreams – Chris McCullough
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Thru The Lens: (Behind the Scenes) Ball is Life All American Game 2016
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Jordan Brand hosts “Take Flight” Skills Clinics
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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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Elite 24 Skills Challenge – Day 02
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Elite 24 Practice – Day 01
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JaVale McGee hosts 2nd Annual JugLife Celebrity Game

Thru The Lens (DAY IN THE LIFE) – Cream of the Crop – Michael Porter Jr

MMichael Porter Jr is one of the top players in the class of 2017. He made his way to Los Angeles for the annual Pangos All American Camp. Get to know the 5 star player a little better and see his amazing skills! Michael also won MOP (Most Overall Player) for the camp!

Thru The Lens: (INTERVIEW) The City Of Dreams – Chris McCullough

NNBA Rookie Chris McCullough had an unfortunate turn of events when he tore his ACL during his freshmen year at Syracuse. Being a top ranked player in high school, he continued to enter his name in the 2015 NBA Draft and was drafted in the 1st round to the Brooklyn Nets. The Bronx native is the first player from New York to join the Brooklyn Nets. Follow his journey as he shows an exclusive look at his workouts at the Nets practice facility, along with a trip up north to Washington Heights to watch the infamous Dyckman league!

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Thru The Lens: (Behind the Scenes) Ball is Life All American Game 2016

EEvery year Ballislife puts on a All-American game with the top high-school players in the country. This year I followed the guys around for a couple days to capture some pictures and video! Check out never-before seen side of your favorite high school talent!

Check out the full BallisLife highlights here

Thanks to Rheina Ale

Music by Dame Taylor

Jordan Brand hosts “Take Flight” Skills Clinics

HHundreds of thousands of kids in America have an interest in playing sports and many of them have dreams of making it to the next level. Whether that means getting a scholarship, playing professionally or teaching others, every successful player needs to start with a solid foundation that includes consistant and hard work. Jordan Brand has started clinics to teach this young generation these fundamentals, as well as getting to test out their high quality clothes and shoes. Last night was the launch of the “Take Flight Valley” skills clinic. The kids got to test out the new Cp3 9 shoe, as well as training with top coaches. Check out the photos 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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Elite 24 Skills Challenge – Day 02

PPier 2 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park was the amazing location for this year’s Elite 24 games. Friday night hosted the 3 point and dunk contests. It was really exciting to watch – the dunk contest was especially electrifying! If you missed the action, be sure to watch the video recaps over at BallIsLife.com

The 3-point winner was Terrance Ferguson (Who is also a beast at dunking), while the Dunk Contest winner was #1 player in the class of 2016, Josh Jackson. Check out the photos below!

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Elite 24 Practice – Day 01

IIt’s that time of year again – The Elite 24! Every year it has grown bigger and bigger, this also being the 10 year anniversary! Day 01 started off with a practice at a local gym in New York. The talent this year is amazing, it was a lot of fun seeing the rising stars come out and show off their moves. Elite 24 alumni and recently drafted lottery pick, Emmanuel Mudiay, was also in attendance. Emmanuel recently signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour as well. Be sure to stay tuned for all this action this weekend!

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JaVale McGee hosts 2nd Annual JugLife Celebrity Game

JJaVale McGee has been busy in the offseason with signing to a new team but he still finds time to raise money and awareness for the less fortunate. JaVale started a movement called #JugLife to bring awareness to drink more water and live a healthier lifestyle. Last year, he threw his first annual celebrity softball game, which raised money towards building water wells in Uganda. This year he hosted his 2nd game at UCLA and it included stars like Klay Thompson, Nick Young, Matt Barnes, Kenneth Faried, Jordan Clarkson, Chanel Iman, Andre Roberson, Hannah Stocking, Laura Govan, Stevie J and more.

Klay Thompson’s younger brother Trayce is a professional baseball player with the White Sox. Just this past week he scored his first homerun. Klay came out and showed that he’s not the only Thompson with baseball skills – he scored multiple homeruns during the game! It was super hot outside but everyone was in good spirits and it was a lot of fun! Check out the gallery below

 

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