Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that the 94fifty smart training basketball will have a court set up at the Hoop It Up 3on3 event at Garden City Shopping Centre on June 28-29.  The special court will involve an opportunity to use the technology hands-on and go through a set of basketball skills.  Hometown boy and professional basketball player, Joey Vickery, will be there to host the special court with his talent as well as search for Canada’s next all-star players.

2014 Hoop It Up 3on3 Tournament
A Manitoba Basketball Hall of Famer, Joey was born in Winnipeg and was a member of the national teams that represented Canada at a number of championships and university games around the world. While playing with Steve Nash they were considered one of Canada’s best basketball backcourts  ever. Today, Joey continues his 17-year professional basketball career in Europe and gives back to the sport by showing young aspiring players the road to a successful professional career.

“Seeing a hopeful’s excitement when informed they may actually have what it takes, is an incredible feeling,” said Joey. With the 94Fifty smart-sensor basketball, testing is precise and thorough—it’s a great assessment tool and what the Toronto Raptors use during their practices to help players refine their skills.  The ball don’t lie,” Joey added.

Of the anticipated 800 players and 1,500 attendees during the tournament’s two-day event, hundreds of individuals will be clamouring to test their skills to see if they have what it takes to go pro.  The player with the highest overall combined 94Fifty test score will win a smart-sensor basketball (valued at $295). The cost of the combined testing, which includes shooting and ball-handling, is $20.00.  Individual skill tests are also available at $2.00, but do not qualify for the 94Fifty win.

“This event marks the 25th Anniversary Season of Hoop It Up, which is coming to nine cities across North America and Winnipeg is the only Canadian stop on the tour,” said Adam Wedlake, Executive Director of Basketball Manitoba. “Most people don’t know the level of real basketball talent in this province and this new basketball technology is one way of showcasing that skill and finding our next all-star players,” he added.
More information about the 3-on-3 tournament can be found here.  More information on the 94Fifty smart-sensor basketball can be found here.

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