Gotham Hoops Invitational Preview


By David Cordova

The 2nd annual Gotham Hoops Invitational, which is a showcase for collegiate seniors on the Division I, II, III & NAIA levels that are playing for a chance to play professionally overseas, will be taking place on May 30th at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.

The event, which was founded by Gotham Hoops CEO & event organizer Ray Anczelowicz, has produced plenty of outstanding talents from Division I colleges that have gone on to play professional basketball in places like Slovakia, Mexico, Spain, Israel, Australia & Denmark, etc. Last year, 20 players from this event earned professional contracts in different countries.

Some of last year’s featured players from the NYC metro area schools were David Coley (Stony Brook/Slovakia), Stephen Nwaukoni (Hofstra/Portugal), Branden Frazier (Fordham/Hungary), Rhamel Brown (Manhattan/Israel) and Brian Oliver (Seton Hall/Canada).

This year’s event has no shortage of talent. There will be plenty of local talent that attend schools around the nation. Players in this year’s event are: Trivante Bloodman (Mississippi State), Jordan Parks (North Carolina Central), Evan Conti (Quinnipiac), Jabari Peters (Sam Houston State), Moussa Kone (Hofstra), Manny Thomas (Marist) & Gerell Martin (LIU Brooklyn).

Sponsors for the event are Under Armour, Body Armor SuperDrink, Rock’Em, BlackBerry & RHF.

Coaches for this event will be Long Island Lutheran High School head coach John Buck, St. Joseph College head coach Kevin Spann, legendary streetball coach & Tru Ballaz tournament founder Maxwell “Bingo” Cole & Long Island Lutheran assistant and New York Jayhawks coach/director Jay David.

Both games will be played at 7:00 PM & 8:30 respectively.

Rosters

Trivante Bloodman, Mississippi State, 6-3, Guard

Eric Anderson, New Haven, 6-8, Power Forward

Jordan Parks, North Carolina Central, 6-7, Forward

Nick Smith, Dominican College, 6-5, Small Forward

Granville Getters, Baruch College, 6-6, Guard/Forward

Julian Boyd, LIU-Brooklyn, 6-6, Forward

Evan Conti, Quinnipiac, 6-3, Guard

Andell Cumberbatch, St. Bonaventure, 6-5, Forward

Jabari Peters, Sam Houston State, 6-4, Shooting Guard

Michael Balogun, Arkansas Tech, 6-1, Point Guard

Moussa Kone, Hofstra, 6-8, Power Forward

Tyler Gaskins, St. Peter’s College, 6-5, Small Forward

Darien Davis, Dowling College, 6-3, Shooting Guard

Manny Thomas, Marist College, 6-5, Small Forward

Evan Kelley, Sacred Heart, 6-2, Shooting Guard

Jeremiah Mordi, Queens College, 6-4, Shooting Guard

Phil Gaetano, Sacred Heart, 5-11, Point Guard

Khalil Murphy, St. Catharine’s College, 6-8, Forward

Faronte Drakeford, Central Connecticut State, 6-7, Forward

Gerell Martin, LIU-Brooklyn, 6-4, Shooting Guard

Poobie Chapman, North Carolina Central, 6-1, Point Guard

Willie Williams III, Bridgeport, 6-6, Forward

Dion Nesmith, Hofstra, 6-1, Guard

Derrick Dawkins, Georgia Southwestern State, 5-10, Guard

Kevin Douglas, St. Francis (NY), 6-5, Guard/Forward

Chris Hampton, Nyack College, 6-0, Point Guard

Lowell Ulmer, St. Francis (NY), 6-5, Forward

Arnold Fripp, Coppin State, 6-7, Guard

Duane Morgan, Adelphi, 6-6, Forward

Bryan Smith, Fordham, 6-2, Shooting Guard

Malik Thomas, Norfolk State, 6-7, Guard/Forward

Alfonzo Houston, North Carolina Central, 6-3, Guard

Justin Harris, Quinnipiac, 6-8, Power Forward

London Atterberry, LIU-Brooklyn, 6-6, Small Forward

Joe Busacca, Misericordia, 5-10, Point Guard

Jahleel Felix, New York Institute of Technology, 6-0, Point Guard

Iyoha Agho, NYU, 6-1, Guard

Ivan Thatchouwo, Concordia College, 6-3, Shooting Guard

Footage from last year’s event

Both videos are courtesy of Gotham Hoops, LLC.

Here’s our Q & A with the founder and event director Ray Anczelowicz:

When did you start Gotham Hoops?

In April 2009.

What made you get into the business of journalism?

I always enjoyed writing, primarily about hoops. Combined the two more often than not and incorporated it once I launched Gotham Hoops.

What is the primary motive of the event?

To increase the visibility of former student-athletes to an audience of pro agents, coaches & scouts.

How many scouts from professional teams are expected to be present?

We’ll have representatives in leagues from a number of countries in attendance.

Will this event be run similar to a pre-draft workout or the NBA draft combine?

Yes, our strength & conditioning coach Kurt Joseph has pre-draft experience and will be leading our inaugural combine at the event.

What can we expect from the Gotham Hoops Invitational?

A terrific day of hoops, a ton of talent, competitive games & passionate fans. And we are having an All-Star game with the top performers of the event going up against current pros.

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