Friday, June 09, 2006

Bruins In The Nike L.A. ProCity League

By Bruin Basketball Report

The Nike L.A. ProCity League will kick-off its annual summer league play on the weekend of June 24th.

The Los Angeles area based league has developed a reputation similar to New York’s Rucker Tournament for the quality of talent and play found in the league.

“You’ll see head-to-head player match-ups and player-team combinations you’d normally would not find during the regular college season.” said Rico Cabrera Jr., a consultant to the league.

“We take pride in the diversity of talent and individuals in the league. I have UCLA basketball players on my team playing alongside players from USC and Harvard.”

Cabrera will also be head coach of a team which includes UCLA’s Lorenzo Mata and Michael Roll. Mata played for Cabrera last summer.

Mata and Roll will be joined on the team by cross-town rivals Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young of USC.

Cabrera’s team will be named “Hank's Franchise Boys” in honor of former USC guard Ryan Francis who was killed in a hometown shooting incident in May.

“I went to Gabe and Nick and told them I’d like to name the team in honor of Ryan (Francis).” Cabrera said. “Gabe thought about it and came up with the name Hank’s Franchise Boys - ‘Franchise’ was a name Francis himself associated with due to his fondness of NBA’s Steve Francis.”

Last summer, the majority of returning Bruin basketball players and incoming freshmen recruits played in the Nike L.A. ProCity League, and this year’s participation of current and future Bruins will be no different.

Returning Bruin players expected to play in the Nike L.A. ProCity League, besides Mata and Roll, include: Josh Shipp, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Alfred Aboya, and Darren Collison.

Additionally, incoming freshmen recruits James Keefe and Russell Westbrook are expected to play as well.

Games will be played at West Los Angeles College and Cal Poly Pomona University. League play begins June 24th and continues through August 12th.

Visit the Nike L.A. ProCity League website for updates at

Bruin Basketball Report will provide coverage on the league throughout the summer.



At Jun 9, 2006, 10:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come Ryan Wright is not playing? Glad to see the Cameroon kids will be playing though.

At Jun 9, 2006, 10:40:00 AM, Blogger BBR said...

Ryan Wright elected to play for the Canadian National Team this summer.

Although, he would have greatly benefited playing alongside his Bruin teammates in this very competitive league - you can't knock him for wanting to represent his country.

It says a lot about Ryan Wright.

At Jun 13, 2006, 9:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are tickets necessary for the tournament? WHere can I find them?

At Jun 13, 2006, 11:03:00 PM, Blogger BBR said...

As in previous years, according to sponsors, there will be no admission fee to the games.


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