The Brooklyn, New York native, Lance Stephenson, Jr., is regarded as one of the best players to come out of the five boroughs, often mentioned along the likes of Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair. Stephenson led his high school team, Lincoln High, to an unprecedented four straight PSAL Class AA Championships. After one year at the University of Cincinnati, Stephenson was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 2010 NBA Draft. Stephenson was poised for a breakout season this year, and he hasn’t disappointed to date. Tallying an unexpected 21 starts before the New Year, Lance has been a rock in the backcourt for a team that has asked him to play out of position at point guard. He’s lived up to his reputation as Born Ready, and excelled in his new role.
His signing with the AND1 brand brings a new level of credibility to us in the New York market and especially among those that spend days and nights on the playground courts where he remains a young legend. Be sure to keep an eye out for Lance rocking his new exclusive Christmas shoe, seen here: http://www.kicksonfire.com/2012/12/19/and1-entourage-lance-stephenson-christmas-pe/
Real Name: Marvin Collins
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Highrizer started playing the streetball at the age of 17 and was chosen for a role in the movie Crossover (2006) because of his great jumping ability. He then electrified the streetball world by winning ESPN CITY SLAM 2 years in a row (2008 and 2009). He also appeared in SLAM magazine centerfold showcasing his new found status. He previously played on the AND1 Winter Tour and the Streetball Live Tour. He joined AND1 in 2010.
Real Name: Brandon Lacue
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Werm’s ridiculous Youtube videos earned him a tryout with AND1 in 2011. He quickly earned a spot on the squad and is a fan favorite with his high flying dunks. He was a 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk finalist and will compete for Team Lebron in the 2012 Sprite’s Uncontainable Game at All Star Weekend in Houston. He keeps the fans in their seats during layup lines as they stare in awe while he unleashes an arsenal of dunks before the game even begins.
Make sure to check Werm in the upcoming Sprite Uncontainable game down in Houston during All-Star weekend (February 15th). We know he won’t disappoint.
Real Name: Andre Poole
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Before AND1, Silk competed on MTV’s “Who Got Game?” in 2003. He was given his nickname by his AAU coach because of his obviously “silky” smooth ball handling moves, crisp passing skills, and effortless ability to score. He killed the AND1 team in 2005 before joining the Mixtape tour in 2006. He modeled his game after his childhood idols Magic Johnson and Kevin Johnson.
Real Name: Earvin Opong
Hometown: Bronx, NY
I’ll Be Right Back was highly recruited by AND1 out of high school but chose instead to pursue his college degree at University of Albany. He returned to the tour and is feared for his quick speed and seemingly quicker ball handling speed. He made a name for himself by winning Rucker Park’s Entertainer’s Basketball Classic when he was 19. I’ll Be is loved by his dunking teammates for throwing pinpoint alley-oops from all over the court.
Real Name: Paul Otim
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Polo received notoriety by playing in the stand out leagues in Atlanta, GA. His excellent play caught the eyes of AND1 seasoned veterans Hotsauce and Spyda. He averaged over 10 dunks a game and played tremendous defense for the Atlanta Rucker league squad. He joined AND1 Live March 2011 and averaged 25 points over his first three contests. He adds a unique flare and flashiness to his dunks and we are confident he will grow to be a star and leader with team. Polo was born and raised in Uganda, and moved to the US as a teenager.
Real Name: Jamar Davis
Hometown: Mt. Vernon, NY
Pharmacist perfected his craft at the 4th Street Park in Mt. Vernon, NY before taking his talents to Rucker, where he earned his nickname. He played against AND1 in 2003 and again in 2004 where he got recognized for taking off Hotsauce’s jersey while dribbling the ball. Pharmacist is a New York streetball legend & he officially joined the AND1 tour in 2004.
Real Name: Roscoe Johnson Jr
Hometown: Sterling, VA
Roscoe grew up watching Silk and AO on the Mixtapes. When the tour visited his high school in 2008, he got an opportunity to play against his streetball idols. Afterwards, he was recruited to play with the Harlem Globetrotters and quickly made a name for himself with his thunderous dunks and his Michael Jackson-esque dance moves. Roscoe officially joined the tour in 2012.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Big Mike attended one AND1 game while he was growing up in North Carolina. Just one. That’s all it took. After playing ball for Lane College from ’05 through ’09, he took streetball by storm as one of the few 7 footers in the game. He played in Mexico’s professional league in 2012 and later earned a try-out with AND1 squad. He’s dominated in every game he’s been in, and he is truly force to be reckoned with.
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Lamont Moreno started coaching local AAU teams in 1983, and led many to national tournaments. In 1998, he and his family moved to Orange County, New York, where he coached kids aged 8 to 17 with the AAU’s Orange County Crusaders. Under his guidance, the program expanded to over 10 teams across the various age divisions. In 2002, Moreno entered a team of Orange County’s college athletes into a pro-am league back in New York’s inner city; there he won the league title and was named Coach of the Year. He spent the next four years coaching high school basketball in Pine Bush, New York, before moving his family to South Florida, where he led his high school squad to a district championship in 2007. From there he joined Kenny Anderson’s staff as an assistant coach with the CBA’s Atlanta Krunk, and in 2008 he followed Anderson to coach SlamBall, helping the Hombres to the conference finals. Three years ago Moreno helped form the Continental Basketball League (CBL), a professional league based in Florida, and won his second professional championship while once again earning Coach of the Year honors. He resides in South Florida.