In the weeks before the NBA draft, former Georgetown basketball players Jason Clark and Henry Sims were at Verizon Center auditioning for the Washington Wizards. It was one of many pre-draft workouts for the recent graduates who were seeking to catch on at the next level.
Then draft day came and went, with the NBA bypassing both and leaving them few options to continue their basketball careers.
It was around that time they learned about the Basketball Alumni Legends League (The-BALL) intended to give players in similar circumstances an opportunity to pursue their on-court aspirations while remaining relatively close to home.
Still in the nascent stages, The-BALL’s soft launch is planned for next summer, and a full schedule in prominent East Coast basketball cities such as the District, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond and Charlotte is to be in place the following year. The-BALL operates only in the summer to accommodate players who also may play overseas or in the NBA’s D-League.