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Tracy McGrady Visits With Mayor Eric Adams, Schools Chancellor David Banks During Queens Visit
On Eve Of Ones Basketball League's Inaugural Event In Brooklyn, Basketball Hall of Famer Caps Whirlwind Two Days With Surprise Friday Night Visit To Hollis, Queens
McGrady ventured to RunDmc and Jam Master Jay Way and Hollis Ave. to visit the tribute mural of Jam Master Jay, and pass by the childhood homes of Russell Simmons, Run DMC and Jam Master Jay as well as spending time with local youth groups.
"It was an honor to meet with the Mayor and the Schools Chancellor to talk about what we are doing with OBL, but to also get a chance to experience another one of my passions, the history of music, right here in Queens," McGrady said.
McGrady's Ones Basketball Leaguewill be at Major R. Owens Community Center hosted by New Heights (1561 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn) on Saturday and Sunday. In all, six cities across the United States will each host a two-day, regional, 32-player round-robin knockout tournament with athletes aged 18 and up who are currently not under an NBA contract and have not been on an active NBA roster for more than 164 games (equivalent to two NBA regular seasons). The participants will come from a combination of open-sourced video submissions and the advice of basketball insiders. The aim is to welcome both best-in-class talent and players who may still be under the radar of most basketball fans. The inaugural events this year will feature only men, and women will be welcomed as equal participants as soon as 2023. The series debuted in Houston on April 30-May 1 (Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles are the other cities).
The winner of each regional tournament will take home a $10,000 cash prize along with an invitation to the Finals, which will see 21 players (the top three from each region) compete for a chance to win a $250,000 grand prize and be crowned "Ruler of the Court."
Among those competing this weekend are:
Mike Glover, two time MAAC first team selection at Iona College.
Jon Severe, Atlantic 10 and Met Area Rookie of the Year while at Fordham
Sundiata Gaines, the 3rd all time leading scorer at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens.
Xavier Mumford- from St Benedict's HS in Newark, 1,000 point scorer at University of Rhode island