On Sunday, there will be another sound to filter in along with church bells — the squeak of sneakers on hardwood.
Some of the best basketball talent in the city will take part in the fifth annual summer basketball Brunson League, an NBA pro-am circuit hosted by Baltimore City Community College.
Former high school stars who have played overseas like Patterson’s Aquille Carr, Parkville’s Terry Hosley and Edmondson-Westside’s Stanton Kidd, who was named last summer’s Brunson League MVP, will play, according to the league. Some NBA and former NBA players could join in early July.
Unlike other pro-am teams, participation will come at no cost to the players.
“We are thrilled to host the Brunson Summer League here on the campus of Baltimore City Community College,” Tara Owens, director of athletics and head women’s basketball coach, said in a statement. “It gives us a great sense of pride in having a former student-athlete and BCCC alum share such a prominent event with the college and community.”
Since its 2014 inception, the Brunson League has swelled in its popularity, attracting 700 spectators every Sunday, sometimes to the point where fans needed to be turned away.
More than 30 teams applied for 20 spots, making it the league’s “biggest year,” according to its organizer Sean Brunson. The players chosen will vie for player of the week awards, the top spot in team and player statistics and the trophy at the end of an August playoff series.
C.J. Fair and Roscoe Smith, members of last year’s title-winners Protect The Family (PTF), are set to return, along with Nardie Bogues, Mo Creek, Sean Farr, Ricky Harris, Reggie Holmes, Boo Jackson, Gary Neal, Omar Strong, Carlos Smith and Bryon Westmoreland.
“[The purpose of the league is to] fill the void of pro-am basketball in Baltimore and use the power of sports to unite our community,” Brunson said.
The season, which was meant to start last week, was postponed to the second week of June because of a shipping problem with the teams’ jerseys.
Regular season games will run from this Sunday to July 29 in the BCCC P.E. Center on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The first and second-round playoffs will kick off Aug. 3 and 5 and will roll into the final round and championship games, Aug. 10 and 12.
On Aug. 19, there will be an All-Star game, followed by the game to close out the season, the Overseas versus NBA Community Give-Back Game, which will take place Aug. 26.