The acclaimed Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) will begin its 2009 installment next Monday (June 15) in Harlem, New York.
The Rucker street ball tournament began in 1980, and has grown internationally due to performances over the years from Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Pee Wee Kirkland, Earl The Goat Manigault, Vince Carter, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Dr. J Erving, Rafer Alston, Carmelo Anthony, and Nate Archibald.
The centerpiece of this years event is 19-year old Brandon Jennings, who is expected to be a viable NBA Draft pick on June 25.
The young player opted to play overseas in the Italian Lega A while waiting to reach the eligible draft age (19).
As usual, the 29th annual tournament will feature a host of celebrity teams all vying for a years worth of bragging rights and highlight reels.
Confirmed participants include Ron Artest (Tru Warriors), Maino (Hustle Hard), Angie Martinez (Angie Martinez All-Stars), Chris Brown (Chris Brown All-Stars), Jadakiss (Team 914), CamRon (Team CamRon), and Ron Brownz (Ether Boy Records).
Hot 97s DJ Enuff will handle music duties on air starting next week.
Additionally, New Yorks MSG (Madison Square Garden) Network will host the four day tournament to 10 million homes nationwide.
A total of thirteen episodes will air from July 2-September 24 at 7PM (EST) every Thursday.
The game schedule for the 2009 Rucker Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) is as follows:
Rucker Park 2861 8th Ave (Corner of 155th St.) New York, NY Monday, June 15th (Opening Day) 8PM - Angie Martinez All-stars vs. Chris Brown All-stars Tuesday, June 16th 8PM - Prime Time vs. Team Cam'Ron Wednesday, June 17th (MSG Film Day) 6PM Mainos Hustle Hard vs. Jadakiss Team 914 8PM Sean Bell All-Stars (Last Years Champions) vs. Ron Artests Tru War Thursday, June 18th 8PM - Evil Training vs. Danny All-starsvideo platformvideo managementvideo solutionsfree video player