‘Tis the season! The Nike Pro-City Jabbo Kenner Summer League (henceforth referred to as “Kenner”) kicks off Saturday, July 6th, in historic McDonough Gymnasium with rosters coming on the fourth.
Kenner League will give Hoyas fans their fist look at the many new faces recruited by Patrick Ewing, including freshmen Qudus Wahab (C), Malcolm Wilson (C), Timothy Ighoefe (C), and Myron Gardner (F), as well as immediately-available transfers Terrell Allen (G) and Galen Alexander (F).
The 2019 Nike Pro City will open the summer season on July 6 and conclude on August 4.— Nike Pro City - DC (@KennerLeague) June 20, 2019
Schedule and tentative rosters will be posted on our website on July 4.— Nike Pro City - DC (@KennerLeague) July 2, 2019
While the rosters have yet to be finalized, it is believed that all team members are on campus and (knock on wood!) healthy (* denotes expected walk-on; participation unclear).
- Jagan Mosely (G) (2020)
- Terrell Allen (G) (2020)
- George Muresan (F) (2020*)
- Jamorko Pickett (F) (2021)
- Jahvon Blair (G) (2021)
- Omer Yurtseven (C) (2021)
- Galen Alexander (F) (2021)
- Josh LeBlanc (F) (2022)
- Mac McClung (G) (2022)
- James Akinjo (G) (2022)
- Jaden Robinson (G) (2022*)
- Qudus Wahab (C) (2023)
- Malcolm Wilson (C) (2023)
- Timothy Ighoefe (C) (2023)
- Myron Gardner (F) (2023)
- Chuma Azinge (G) (2023*)
Last year gave fans a first look (and new nickname) for the epic backcourt tandmen of James Akinjo and Mac McClung, as well as the first glimpses of Josh LeBlanc and Omer Yurtseven.
As we say every year, this is the glorious period where delusion runs rampant, as fans get their first look at our incoming freshmen recruits and speculate wildly about the development of upperclassmen while the fast-paced, aggressive showcase yields spectacular dunks and breathtaking stat lines.
Games are typically scheduled Thursday-Sunday of each week and will continue through August 4th. As always, the idea of “scheduling” should be taken loosely, as both rosters and the order of games are known to change at a moment’s notice depending on who shows up.
Participants generally live and/or attend school around the DMV and the only strict rule regarding team composition is that no more than two Hoyas are allowed to play for the same squad. Alumni playing professionally in the NBA and abroad have been known to make surprise appearances at Kenner, both in the stands and on the court. These drop-ins are amazing and it’s entertaining to see firsthand the skill differential between experienced veteran players and the current undergrads.
Aside from basketball, Kenner is known for two things: legendary hot dogs and a strict embargo on any form of photography. The latter has lightened up significantly over the past couple of years as they embraced the wonderful world of twitter highlights, but don’t be surprised if someone still warns you to stow your phone. If this is no longer the case and documentation is welcome, please shout it from the hilltops (and tag @CasualHoya on twitter). As for the hot dogs...yeah, they’re probably the same hot dogs.
This post will be updated with more information as it becomes available, but the starting date is really all you need to know.