Line up is in, bleachers are back. EBC has New Jersey Nets’ Sundiata Gaines and Marshon Brooks in the backcourt for R2K on Weds night. Brooks is coming off a 48-point performance for Dyckman at Pro City. Games: DC Power vs Sean Bell and R2K vs Certified. Also performing, according to a facebook alert sent by EBC, is Universal Record’s 14-year-old female rapper, Lo Rida.
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Steve Burtt Jr. is NBA-ready and Check the Lance Stephenson ending! The Latest / Mar 8, 2011 / 5:44 pm
One of the playground’s toughest guards, Steve Burtt Jr., has taken his game up a notch, winning the 2011 Ukranian Super Cup for his Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk team. Steve is presently the leading scorer in the Ukraine’s top league at 23 per and as I mentioned on this blog about Will Bynum and Sundiata Gaines being NBA players while overseas, its time for Steve Burtt Jr. to get a shot in the NBA. Here’s why… Read More »
2009 EBC MVP Sundiata Gaines was the first from the playground summer tournament circuit to sign with the Jazz and now, Othyus Jeffers, a young streetballer from Chicago, was given a 10-day contract yesterday, and the beneficiary again is Utah. If your wondering, his name is pronounced (OH-THEE-US).
Gotta give a “board clap,” some “cookies,” and a straight “spincycle” to the scouts of the Jazz for making a strong move on another player with deep summer tournament ball respect. In straight “runson” that’s an “easy call-up,” “a steal,” and “he’s got tight game” respectively.
Bounce had him ranked in our Chicago Issue back in ‘08 as one of the top summer league performers on the city leagues pro-am circuit that year. Dime Magazine featured Jeffers last month as a frustrated baller who openly wondered why he hadn’t received an NBA call up after bagging the 2008 NBDL Rookie of the Year and earning a 2009 NBDL All-Star Team selection. Read More »
Sundiata Gaines (right) with Co-MVP Antawn Dobie after winning the 2009 Fireball championship.
This is a story I wrote in July 2008 that I thought should be posted again.
The story’s been captured before. The New York City guard is as a quick as they come, able to take anyone off the bounce, but just doesn’t have a reliable-enough jumper, or gets too animated at times, or doesn’t always bring the intensity he needs to make it to the next level. Erick Barkley, Omar Cook, Kenny Satterfield, the list goes on-and-on. For every success story, there are countless failed attempts, which is of course, a relative term in this city.
Sundiata Gaines isn’t your prototypical NYC guard. Read More »
Sundiata Gaines hits game winning 3-pointer against Cleveland Cavaliers nba / Jan 15, 2010 / 11:53 am
In case you missed my coverage of the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) this past summer, Sundiata “Yatta” Gaines led team Prime Time to a championship and earned MVP honors at Rucker Park.
**Note: Bounce Magazine’s own editor-in-chief Sean Couch even dubbed Yatta as NBA-bound at the beginning of the summer.
After signing with the Read More »
Sundiata Gaines, who has terrorized New York summer leagues since graduating from Georgia in 2008, has signed a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz, according to the team’s Web site.
Gaines had been averaging almost 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists with the Idaho Stampede of the D-league.
When I asked him about his NBA prospects for a story I wrote in the summer of 2008, he said, “I’m gonna keep working on my game. If I keep working hard, I think I can make it. G.M.’s have told me I’m talented enough.”
Best of luck to Yatta.
Photo: Erin Edwards
Who is your NYC Summer Player of the Year?
Summer of ‘09 is a wrap. Tri-State declared Lil Rah’s Sean Bell All Star’s the champions on a forfeit. Last time a major tournament went out like that was the Terror Squad vs S. Carter EBC forfeit back in ‘03. A straight-to-video account of the drama is available now for those who want to listen to Joe flow about how he always comes correct for the big moment.
Dyckman saw a chip played on 2/3 of a basketball court because of the “no-one-denied-access-to-the-chip-pass.” Dyckman remains “hood-deep,” as the song – “Shook Ones” – gets FunkFlex rotation uptown for those who understand what I’m saying…
St. John’s bound Dwight Hardy won two player of the year awards at Hoops in the Sun and Tri-State respectively, while Italian League star Sundiata Gaines had a strong summer too, winning the MVP at EBC and dominating at Pro-City. Adris “2 Hard 2 Guard” DeLeon closed the summer out at the Nike TOC like a terrorist on a mission, showing that he belongs among the elite scoring guards in summer city ball. Read More »
Yatta earns MVP, as Prime Time puts the stamp on Team 914 ebc at rucker park / Aug 19, 2009 / 9:05 am
2009 Finals MVP: Yatta Gaines Photo: Casey Lee
2009 EBC Champions: Prime Time Photo: Casey Lee
(Monday, August 17th) There was standing room only, and the park was filled to capacity for the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) 2009 Men’s Unlimited Championship. Jadakiss was in attendance to watch his crew, Team 914, with half of Westchester County!
Packed crowd Photo: Casey Lee
Coaches also were found everyone–Rah (Sean Bell All-Stars), Dee (Team Cam’ron), and even [Queens] Cardozo HS own Ron Naclerio–to peep Team 914 and Prime Time battle for first place and bragging rights.
Ron Naclerio (left) talking with James Ryan (right) Photo: Casey Lee
The first half was filled with defensive intensity. Both teams went back and forth as the score was tied up at halftime, leaving a question mark as to who would dominate the second half. Read More »