By: Evan Jankens
If you are a basketball junkie like myself then you most likely have heard of the Drew League. If you aren’t familiar with the Drew League, I will give you a little background.
According to Drewleague.com:
Alvin Wills established the Drew League in 1973 with 6 teams. Wills believed this league could be a place for young men and women of South Central Los Angeles to learn life lessons through basketball.
The Drew League’s goal was to help young people form meaningful relationships on the court that would spill over into the neighborhood, as well as build an institution that would bring top local high school, college, and pro players back to the community.
As a long time friend and mentor to Dino Smiley, in 1985 Wills decided it was time to let Smiley have a shot at directing the league. By 1985 the league had grown from the original 6 teams to 10 teams. Today the league matches up 28 “invitation-only” teams to battle it out on the hardwood.
Pistons guard Brandon Jennings scored 56 points over the weekend in a win against the Kings of L.A. Other notable players who have participated in the Drew League are Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and John Wall, among others.
The highlight from this weekend came from a 5’10” guard Jeff Remmington who played college ball at Florida Atlantic. Remmington stole the show with two thunderous dunks on players from the opposing team.