Rafer Alston was always a player, but never one that made the big schools take notice. A year apiece at two community colleges finally earned him a season at Fresno State, where his crazy numbers in turn made him a second-round NBA selection by Milwaukee in 1998. (He didn’t make his debut until 2000.) But the man better known as ‘Skip to My Lou’ was a star long before that. An icon at legendary Cardozo High School in Queens, New York, Alston was best known for moves that embarrassed defenders five at a time, nearly every trip down the court.
When his old high school coach submitted some tape to AND1 execs in 1998 featuring Alston, the brand made Skip the first man ever to sign an endorsement deal without an NBA contract. But even with Skip locked down, we didn’t have formal plans for him from day one. It wasn’t until the following year on a commercial shoot with NBA talent that it all came clear. Seeing our League guys try and fail to imitate his moves while watching tape of him again and again, the idea for the Mixtape was born. AND1 edited the best footage to make Volume 1 and sent cameras all over the country to find the next Skip. The Tour, and the Team were ready for primetime.