(AllHipHop News) Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams is heading up a new YouTube Red series titled Best Shot. The 8-episode program follows teenagers looking to change their lives through basketball.
"Who is on your board? I ask this question to our youth on a daily basis. In business, your board plays an imperative role and inevitably determines the success or failure of your company. The board's job is to constantly gather and brainstorm ways for the company to achieve their goals. Why do we look at youth any differently? You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with," says Williams. "The commitment and values I've learned throughout my journey will hopefully make me a valuable board member for the most important game of all. The game of life."
Best Shot is being produced by Boardwalk Pictures and Warner Bros. Television Group's digital studio Blue Ribbon Content. LeBron James and Maverick Carter's SpringHill Entertainment is attached as well.
"We're passionate about this story because it's about real high school students encountering real life challenges. All they need is that little push in the right direction, and with a relatable mentor like Jay Williams guiding them, they've got a very real opportunity to change their lives forever," says Carter, CEO of SpringHill. "This series is inspiring, it's moving, and it's real. It's everything SpringHill Entertainment is all about."
Michael John Warren is set to direct the series. The Emmy-nominated creator's prior work includes the 2004 Jay-Z documentary Fade to Black, 2010's Nicki Minaj: My Time Now, 2010's Drake: Better Than Good Enough, and the Netflix docu-series Fearless.
"I'm thrilled to be telling this dynamic and emotional story," states Warren about Best Shot. "It's a multi-layered series that is as much about the universal human condition as it is basketball. I love that complexity and depth. Also, it's an exciting time to be collaborating with the innovative folks at YouTube Red. I can't wait until the world sees what we've got here."
Best Shot is expected to premiere on YouTube Red in 2018. The subscription-based service is also home to other original digital content such as Lifeline, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes On Television, Snap!, and Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge.
"We are thrilled to partner with LeBron James and Maverick Carter to create this inspiring docu-series about a group of high school basketball players who learn about the game of life through basketball. With Jay Williams as their mentor, Best Shot will take an unfiltered look at the complex decisions these teens face every day," adds Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. "We are excited to partner with Boardwalk Pictures and Blue Ribbon Content, as well as director Michael John Warren, whose powerful storytelling will guide us through this journey as we root for the students to win - on and off the court."