A day after social media sparked violent protests and looting that spanned Baltimore City, an event promoted online by community organizers and NBA star Will Barton called residents to a city basketball court to channel their emotions constructively.
Baltimore native Will Barton is using his influence as an NBA player to call city youth, leaders, and residents to Druid Hill's Cloverdale Park for a conversation and block party that he said the city needs.
And it all started with a passing idea. Late last month, Mike Parker, brand director for Under Armour basketball, talked to Jennings about uniting the six NBA players signed with Under Armour for a three-day photo shoot in Baltimore.
Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), former Terps star Greivis Vasquez (New Orleans Hornets), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves) will lead the UA pros team against a B'more Finest squad.
It was a surprising turn of events for the former Lake Clifton star. In the weeks leading up to the draft, he'd reportedly intrigued front offices with his unique combination of length, athleticism and natural scoring instincts.
Will Barton has done the research. He's poured over the numbers, he's tracked the stocks and he's talked with the experts. Something just doesn't add up. How could the most efficient swingman in college basketball not be considered a lottery pick in Thursday's NBA Draft?
In the midst of the circus that followed the Orange to Pittsburgh last weekend and will accompany Boeheim's team to Boston later this week, the perplexing shooting slump of sophomore forward C.J. Fair has barely registered. But the former City star will likely get some attention come Thursday, when top-seeded Syracuse plays No. 4 seed Wisconsin in the NCAA Sweet 16.