the urspring academy is to high school basketball in germany, what the celtics were to the nba during the sixties: the cream of the crop. coach ralph junge’s under-19 squad won back-2-back titles (2007 & 2008) in the coveted nbbl competition by defeating alba berlin 84:76 in front of a frenzied crowd in langen last weekend. this closes another extremely successful season for junge & czerny, who already left a lasting impression internationally, by beating out armani jeans milano and bergamo for the ‘chip in italy earlier this year. the basketball academy has brought forward a number of stellar alumnis (like nikolai simon and ncaa ballers jermaine raffington, Vince Polakovic & lucca staiger), and looks to build on this tradition with young guns like go-getter maurice stuckey, nbbl rookie of the year kevin bright (see him at the nba without borders camp in istanbul next week), nbbl mvp chris standhardinger, the general frank wiesler etc. etc.
on a personal note, k1x is extremely proud to see team urspring build up a most unique winning tradition in k1x uniforms! y’all even look better than the competition. but guys, you forgot to chop down those victory nets in the background!?
find out more about urspring academy: www.basketball.urspringschule.de
left to right: rookie Of the year kevin bright, captain frank wiesler and mvp christian standhardinger
team urspring academy: back 2 back, baby!
here are some pics taken last weekend at a streetball jam in romania that featured international jaw-droppers kevin “golden child” kemp (it’s gotta be the name!!) out of tacoma, “fly” guy dupuy, and yann de blaine of the dunkalicious crew, france… and of course, the godfather of dunk kadour “zianimal” ziani, who was on hand to host the show and write a ton of autographs…
playoff time for kareem. the french pro b leagues’ leading passer (9 assits per game) lead his bourg en bresse team to second seed and post-season action. reems’ team faced 7th seeded nates in wednesdays’ quarterfinals opener. the ny streetball legend put up 14 points and 11 dishes in the crunchtime win to go 1-0. keep dishing reem!
for all you spanish speaking ballers: check the fiatgigantes.es interview
Basketball lifestyle brand K1X and New York’s hottest streetball tournament “Hoops in the Sun” have teamed up and look to shake things up in the Big Apple this summer. Currently in its 9th season, HitS is run by CEO’s Joe and Randy Cruz, who are proud to continue their father “Pops” Cruz legacy, at beautiful Orchard Beach in the Bronx: “We looked at K1X as being a high powered company that we can be consistant with for many years to come and it adds on to what we do best, and that’s provide
something different to the Bronx and Orchard Beach community. Providing new flavor to the venue is most important. Not only us, but we also feel the fans will appreciate K1X being on board and will embrace them with open arms.”
“K1X has successful distribution in over 30 countries world wide, and is set for initial U.S. launch at 250 Foot Locker doors, as well as premium partners like Dr. Jay’s this summer (June 2008). With park baller icons like Homicide, Big Game Reid, Primal Fear, Rick Apodaca and Cory Underwood already holding it down in NYC, we are extremely proud to team up with a most legit institution like Hoops in the Sun” (Chris Gross, K1X CEO).
Check the scenario of HitS at Orchard Beach below! It’s like streetbal’s “Where’s Waldo?” featuring the Cruz bros, pops cruz, mc bobby c, the silver surfer, big game reid, primal fear and many more….
download the “HitS” design below by clicking “free stuff” to your right…
leading spanish footwear site lovezapas.es just put the strictly business to the test…can you say “flying colors”?
here’s the english recap:
- “the sb is like a lamborgini: wide, crafty and built at ground level, eventhough it features a midfoot profile…”
- “we consider the sb one of the very best shoes ever for quick perimiter players…”
- “it has unique look, probably not a collector’s shoe, but the ideal shoe to wear and play with…”
- “the sb is a great shoe for ballplayers, as it allows full aggressive movement in all directions, which will pay off when running the offense and guarding your opponent…”
- “summing up: the sb’s low stance creates maximum stability of foot (injury protection!), while the memory foam ankle support and heel cushioning make for superior comfort…”
read the complete sb review here:
all new k1x strictly business color-ways: blk/wht & wht/blk…yes, pretty basic. and yes, we love our machines that way: all business!
corey “homicide” williams got posterized for the townsville crocs’ upcoming season…
the ultimate tradition of basketball victory is choppin down nets right?
in our book, that makes the net itself basketball’s ultimate champions bling.
old school knew it all along!
the all new “choppin down nets tee” by k1x, now available at selected spots…
k1x warrior jonathan ramirez (25 ppg), spanish forward of EBA team Valls, scored 50 points in a big game vs. Montcada, that helped clutch the last of four playoff spots. strictly business! but fiddy? dang, son! what did you have for breakfast? viagra loops? anyway, congratulations on a stellar performace, jonathan! where’d you get them shoes?
somos acb! Cai Zaragoza fans had to suffer a lot over the last couple of years: their team has been on top of Spain’s second league (leb oro) but never made it to the highest pro ball level, the acb.
Darren pillip and his team mates finally achieved that goal – 2 weeks early! Cai zaragoza won the leb oro title after defeating Hospitalet in the Penultimate game of the season in front of more than 11.000 spectators.
And they played like champions to the end: even in the meaningless season-ending game against lleida. the zaragoza squad showed love to its fans by hustling and defeating lleida in overtime 91:96.
Dp – the teams leading scorer (600 points) – finished the season strong by putting up 16 & 6 and 18 & 13 in the last to games respectively.
the russian version of kicksology just published this detailed report on the k1x chiefglider 2.
see the grade-box for a quick english summary that points out perfect scores for court feel and excellent grades for comfort/fit, traction, breathability, durability, weight and overall performance…
see the review here: www.krossovki.net
“big game” came up huge once again with 16 points and 11 assists in the game against third seeded poitiers. kareem’s squad is still holding down that number one spot in league standings and looks to move up to france’s first division shortly.
speaking of number ones: guess who is leading the league in assists? let’s put it this way: kareem surely has his share in his team’s success this season.
we just found this clip of k1x warrior rick apodaca getting tatted up in bella italia. here’s what rick had to say about the situation seen in the clip:
legendary nyc streetball tournament “hoops in the sun” (orchard beach, bx) and k1x gotta be the nastiest one-two punch in the big apple since ewing & starks! that’s why the bronx riviera roundball classic and your favorite got-next basketball brand have decided to join forces, in leaving a lasting impression on the mekka of streetball this summer!
“i feel this will become a great relationship between both brands,” says CEO Randy Cruz. “Both Hoops in the Sun and K1X are very well established companies and in making a decision on our next apparel company, it wasn’t easy but we felt this was the direction we wanted to go in. K1X was looking to be part of a basketball program that demonstrated professionalism and a prestigious track record, where their brand and their products can grow and expand throughout New York City and the Tri-State area and as always, we were looking to do something different. They showed great interest in trying to get us to acquire them for the 2008 season and I think that’s what made the difference in making a decision. I believe this can be a wonderful partnership not only for 2008 but for many years to come. I’m excited, I know K1X is excited as well, and we’re all looking forward to a new found relationship.”
k1x has successful distribution in over 30 countries world wide, and is set for initial u.s. launch at 250 foot locker doors, as well as premium partners like dr. jay’s this summer (later this may). with park baller icons like homicide, big game reid, primal fear, rick apodaca and cory underwood already holding it down in nyc, we are very proud to team up with a most legit institution like hoops in the sun! after all, it is boundless respect for competition, athletic skill and streetball culture, that is top priority for us both: play hard, don’t embarrass our products!
check hoops in the sun for more infos:
k1x warrior darren “primal fear” phillip talks business, streetball, new york crowds and a bunch much more streetball with mr. hoops in the sun, randy cruz, in this very entertaining interview…
read the complete one on one with dee pee here:
after an mvp-like season for the townsville crocodiles that brought him the interesting aka “import stand out”, corey “homicide” williams (only player to make top ten in points, assists and steals per game) and his signature187′s, will be back in the australian nbl next season!
read all about it here: www.nbl.com.au
this weekend kareem reid’s french squad bourg en bresse had a big overtime win vs. evreux. “big game” (who is averaging 18 points over the last five games) scored a team-high 18 points and nailed 57% of his field goal attempts from inside the arc.
the bourg ballers have now won 6 out of their last 7 games! they are ranked first but the second and third seeded teams are only one and two games back respectively. the playoffs are 3 gamedays away and it looks like the best kept secret is ready for some more big games.
Parkersburg, WV showed K1X and Hustle Up crazy love. The West Va. All-stars kept the game close behind a strong showing from local baller “Polar Bear” aka the “Dirty Lumberjack”, but once Hustle Up turned it up it was over. The final score was 148:110. Springs had an impressive game, displaying an array of crossovers and crazy breakaway dunks. Hot sauce heated up in the second half and caught a couple ankles, while Irv “I’ll be right back” Opong looked good with crazy lob passes in his first game back from knee surgery.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget Joe Pope on the mic with the crazy ass play by play. He is the perfect combo of Katt Williams and Marv Albert!
Next stops: st. marys university (mn) on the 27th, bemidji state university on the 29th and southwest minnesota state university on april 30th.
hot sauce & i’ll be right back
a-$ & big swoal
c-viz & joe-pope
the Hustle Up Streetball Tour will hit Parkersburg, WV tonight at 7pm and take on the areas best ballers at Parkersburg High School. The squad features K1X warriors such as High-Rizer, A-Money and Ghost. US Marketing Director C-Viz has made the trip down from New York and will be in the house scouting new talent to add to the K1X family for this summer’s nationwide take-over of the US streetball scene.
Stay tuned to find out which baller catches his eye. Check back tomorrow…
The streetball season is approaching and randy cruz of hoops in the sun (orchard beach) sat down with new york’s most dangerous to talk about his ny streetball rep, his unfinished matchup with allan ray and his new k1x “187” signature shoes. get ready for the summer season – homicide will be as well. read the whole interview here: