The PBC Celebrity Influencer Game will be hosted at Calabasas High School on May 19, 2019. Featuring 20+ celebrities and influencers in a basketball game for charity, this event will be full of highlights, dunks, and probably even a few trick shots.
As part of the event, there will be a Dunk Contest and 3 Point Shootout and throughout the event, fans will have the opportunity to win prizes and engage with some of the celebrities.
A portion of all profits will be donated to Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that works across the globe to build schools and create programs around the goal of education for all, with the goal to raise $50,000 to build a school.
Some of the players expected to attend the inaugural event include:
For more information and updates about the PBC Celebrity Influencer Game, please visit bit.ly/pbcinfluencergame and follow @probballcombine on social media.
Jake Kelfer: Combine Director
Nick Weiler-Babb is a 6’5” combo guard for the Iowa State Cyclones. Over the past two seasons, Weiler-Babb has proven to be a versatile, plug-and-play guard that adds value and contributes to winning on both ends. He moved from more of an on-ball role as a junior to an off-ball secondary creator as a senior and continued to add value as the glue that held the Cyclones together. Weiler-Babb’s positional size, multifaceted skill set, and ability/willingness to mold his playing style to fit his team’s needs are appealing to professional scouts and will give him a chance to stick at the next level.
We sat down with Dylan Houseworth, the Official Photographer at Greensboro Swarm and the PBC. Dylan's creativity captured the essence of the PBC and made everyone look good. From working with the Greensboro Swarm to starting DHouse Photography, Dylan is a rising star in sports photography and we were fortunate to sit down with him and dig in.
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D’Marcus Simonds is a 6’3” junior combo guard for the Georgia State Panthers who recently hinted at his intent to forego his senior season and enter the 2019 NBA Draft. This didn’t come as all that much of a surprise, as many had expected the dynamite scorer to enter the 2018 NBA Draft after being named the Sun Belt Player of the Year and garnering a fair amount of draft buzz. While his efficiency clips and draft momentum may have taken some hits this season, Simonds was still a First Team All-Conference selection, led his team to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and has an intriguing combination of athleticism and skill that, in conjunction with his ultra-competitive mentality, will give him a chance of eventually sticking at the NBA level.
After a successful year one, Basketball 101 is back! Led by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders and Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype, Basketball 101 is designed to give you a glimpse into some of the career paths in basketball with days of in-depth panels and classroom-style instruction. The program is focused on careers in media, agents and front office executives and scouts.
Justin Robinson is a 6’1 ½” lead guard for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Robinson was a Second Team All-ACC selection as a junior and was on track for all-conference honors again as a senior before suffering a foot injury in late January. The physical, crafty, sharp-shooter is a natural facilitator and his game projects cleanly to the next level. After a nearly two-month hiatus, he will look to lead the Hokies on a deep NCAA Tournament run and solidify his stock in the presence of onlooking NBA scouts and front office decision-makers.
Justin James is a 6’6 ½” wing for Wyoming Cowboys. James tested the 2018 NBA Draft waters and earned the chance to work out with the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Houston Rockets. Constructive feedback from NBA decision-makers included packing some weight onto his frame and becoming a more viable playmaker for others by reading defensive rotations when he draws help defenders. James opted to return to Laramie for his senior season and, with the departure of multiple key seniors and 65% of the team’s prior year scoring, faced a difficult contextual battle throughout the course of the season. Despite team struggles and some shooting/turnover inefficiencies, James handled the situation quite well and certainly has his share of believers within the NBA prospect scouting community.
Cameron Young is a 6’6” wing for the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Young took a nontraditional path by beginning his career at Arizona Western. After excelling at the JuCo level, Young transferred to Quinnipiac, playing only sparingly in the 2016-17 season. He finally got his breakthrough last season, scoring 622 points and setting a new Quinnipiac single-season record at the DI level. After receiving Second-Team All-MAAC and MAAC All-Tournament Team honors, Young was granted another year of collegiate eligibility. He has taken full advantage of the opportunity by becoming one of the most prolific heat-check volume scorers and three-point threats in college basketball, earning the MAAC Player of the Year award, and gaining some buzz amongst professional scouts.
Barry Brown is a 6’3” combo guard for the Kansas State Wildcats and is one of the best perimeter defenders in the country. After testing the 2018 NBA Draft waters and working out with the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, Brown opted to return to Manhattan for his senior season. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference Selection is a defensive advanced-metric stud, posting career-bests in DBPM, Defensive Rating, and Defensive Win Shares. After leading the Wildcats to a share of the Big 12 regular season conference title, Brown will look to build upon his rock-solid defensive foundation and prove to NBA evaluators that he can bring value on both sides of the ball throughout his final NCAA Tournament run.
The 2018-19 NBA season has been one of the fastest-paced in recent memory. The average number of possessions per 48 minutes this season has eclipsed the 100 possession threshold for the first time in thirty years. Given the increasing emphasis on transition offense, understanding a given collegiate prospect’s effectiveness at creating for themselves and others in up-tempo fast break scenarios is an essential piece of analyzing their potential projectability to the professional level.
In our sixth Film Room Friday installment, the PBC scouting team has performed a deep-dive into prospects with potential to translate as dynamic transition threats.
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