Summer Jam street basketball tournament heads to Perth for the first time in history

The state’s top basketball players will swap hardwood for concrete this weekend as they battle for bragging rights at Perth’s inaugural Summer Jam.

For the first time ever, the popular street basketball event, a summer staple in Prahran in Melbourne since 2011, is expanding outside its home state.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Prahran Summer Jam is the most important celebration of streetball and basketball culture in Australia and to commemorate its decade of influence stretching from Victoria to Victoria Park.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, the McCallum Park basketball courts will host the city’s best five-a-side streetball teams to compete for a prize of $ 5,000, while the RedBull Half Court tournament will be the pinnacle 3v3 basketball – with the winners had the opportunity to fly to Egypt for the world final.

Among the contestants showing up on the pitch is Rockingham Flames NBL1 player Jorjah Smith, who is the captain of one of the 3v3 teams.

Smith said she enjoyed the faster, less structured version of the streetball game provided and the various challenges that came with it.

“There are a lot of different factors; the ground is different, the ball is heavier, and you have things you can’t control, like wind and sun. Streetball is a lot more fun, for sure, ”said Smith.

“You can show athleticism a lot more; it’s much more ‘go to the basket and score’, or a game of basketball, which is fun to watch and play. There are no stopped games and the shot clock is also smaller so you will see a lot of buckets.

While Smith promised that the quality was high and the games were competitive, she said that part of what made the Summer Jam so special was the ability for everyone to register whether or not they played. for an NBL1 West team.

“Being streetball encourages everyone to give it a try. You don’t have to be a pro anywhere to jump on the court and have fun, ”she said.

“Getting the basketball on a bigger platform, social media and having all this hype around the event really showcases not only the NBL1 talent but also the talent that doesn’t play at NBL1. “

Event organizer Thomas Adjei has arranged for West Coast star Nic Naitanui to attend, but he will not be allowed to compete. Adjei said it was only a matter of time before streetball became as popular in Australia as it is in other countries.

Camera iconBest Basketball Players – Paley Ho, Khalid Elmi, Husam Roamer, Caitlin Lord, Alier Riak, Shaquille Maharaj, Ashley Sharp, Troy Kelly, Latysha Derecourt, Jhonny Lutula Simon Santi Credit: Simon santi/West Australian

“It’s a different energy and a different atmosphere. In the United States, it’s such a huge thing where there are so many professional players who come from the streetball world, ”Adjei told The Dribble podcast of The West Australian.

“In Europe too, there are so many players who start on the playing field and then move on to the big leagues. Here in Australia it continues to grow but there are so many young talents that I think some of these young players will one day make it.

The Perth Summer Jam also features a slam dunk competition, a variety of DJs defining the soundtrack for the play of the day, food trucks and outdoor bars.

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