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Imperial Courts annual game honors Brandon Jennings and Mark Hill
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Drew League 2015: Week 08 – Sunday
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Drew League 2015: Week 03 – Sunday
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Drew League 2015: Week 03 – Saturday
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Drew League 2015: Week 02 – Saturday
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Drew League 2015: Week 01
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Brandon Jennings plays for peace in the Los Angeles projects
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Drew League Week 10 – Saturday
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Drew League Week 09 – Saturday
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Drew League Week 08 Video Highlights!

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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Drew League 2015: Week 08 – Sunday

NNow that July is here, the NBA players are allowed to play in the summer leagues. The Drew League did not disappoint this weekend with entertaining basketball. Check out the photos below!

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Drew League 2015: Week 02 – Saturday

WWeek 2 of the Drew League kicks off during Memorial Day Weekend. Although the majority of people seem to be in Vegas, there was a good turn out of players and some pretty close games! Check out the photo gallery below

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Drew League 2015: Week 01

TThe Drew League kicked off its 42nd year this past weekend at King Drew High School in Los Angeles. The anticipated league has grown every year and is always an opportunity to see great basketball. The reigning champions – Hank’s Houdini’s All Stars – was presented with their championship banner before their game on Saturday. Make sure to check out the schedule on drewleague.com to come watch a game. Be sure to check out my photo gallery below!

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Brandon Jennings plays for peace in the Los Angeles projects

WWhen thinking of the city of Los Angeles, one of the last thing that comes to mind are the projects. It doesn’t always come with the best reputation – poverty and crime keep many from going anywhere near it. The most overlooked part of this area of LA are the children that are born and raised in this environment. I’ve volunteered at Imperial Courts projects for years now and theres nothing better than interacting with the kids and showing them love. Three years ago, Brandon Jennings decided to come play for the kids in Imperial Courts projects – the first NBA player to come down there and play. Since that day, he has gone back every year to play a game and interact with everyone that comes out. Brandon, along with Mark Hill, joined together to create two teams to play this game. The game Wednesday night brought out a lot of people to see an amazing game! Brandon Jennings along with Kwame Alexander was a highlight reel in itself. Jerome Jordan and Mark Hill were dominating for the opposing team. Overall the entire game was for a good cause – raising awareness for peace in the projects. Thank you to Joee Evans for having us come out to the game! Check out the photo gallery below

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Drew League Week 10 – Saturday

WWith the playoffs approaching, many players have been switching teams and getting prepared to join up with a team that could possibly win it all. I wasn’t able to make it out Saturday to the Drew, but Spencer Frank has shared his photos to showcase all the action! Check out the gallery below

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Drew League Week 09 – Saturday

AAfter all of the excitement at the Drew League last weekend, this weekend brought out the long lines and flooded stands. The Monster Matchup of the game included a battle of the number 1 spot – Hank’s Houdini’s All-Stars and Cheaters 1. Both teams are coached by 2 legends in the Drew League – Allen Caveness and Casper Ware Sr. Their teams have dominated because of the teamwork that their players display on the floor. Some teams have a 1-on-1 strategy that is not as effective, but the team chemistry and coaching knowledge of these two teams makes them a great challenge and fun to watch.  Baron Davis, Money Mike and Ekene Ibekwe (Cheaters 1) were key in keeping their team on the right track. Ultimately, Cheaters 1 took the victory 85-76.

Casper Ware Jr. also came out to play with Cheaters 2. Casper won MVP of the Drew League during the NBA lockout in 2011. With scheduling conflicts and summer time activities, a lot of the bigger names weren’t able to make it out to the games Saturday. Check out the photo gallery below!

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Drew League Week 08 Video Highlights!

TThis week includes something extra for the basketball fans who have been supporting cassyathena.com! We present to you a highlight reels full of the best moments at the Drew League for Week 08! The video is courtesy of @BTBGreen

Check out the video and let us know your thoughts! The video includes stars like Nick Young, Paul George, Brandon Jennings, Quincy Miller, Kwame Alexander, Baron Davis, Tina Thompson, The Game, Stanley Johnson, Austin Daye, Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest and more!

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