PREVIEWING THE BALLISLIFE ALL-AMERICAN GAME

PREVIEWING THE BALLISLIFE ALL-AMERICAN GAME

The ninth annual Ballislife All-American game is fast approaching. Here at Eastbay we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about one of the premier showcases of high school basketball talent in the nation.

This year’s game will take place on May 4 and feature some of the top recruits in the nation including USC commit Isaiah Mobley, Michigan State commit Rocket Watts, Jr. a couple of undecided 5 stars in Jaden McDaniels and Precious Achiuwa, and the top ranked point guard and second overall recruit of the 2019 class Cole Anthony, who recently committed to UNC. With all this skill, it’s sure to be a high-octane affair with plenty of scoring and highlight dunks. There will also be a dunk and three-point contest before the game which is sure to create some highlights and maybe get a couple of fans to fall out of their seats.

The jerseys this year are drawing on inspiration from the 1996 NBA All-Star Game in San Antonio. Everyone playing in the game will also be receiving a pair of the newest Crossover Culture shoes that they can choose to wear in the game.  

The game will be played at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center with over 5,000 fans expected to attend. Taking place alongside the game will be HoopCon, which is a must attend for sneakerheads. This will be the first time HoopCon has collaborated with Ballislife.

You can check out highlights from last year’s game here:

Live At The 2018 Ballislife All-American Game

Live At The 2018 Ballislife All-American Game

The 2018 Ballislife All-American Game is finally in the books and it definitely did not disappoint. The best high school basketball players in the nation put on a ridiculous show in LA. Jordan McCabe kicked it off by taking home the 3-Point Contest title after catching fire in the first round. Mac McClung, perhaps the most famous high school dunker in the country, did what he does best and took home the Dunk Contest championship.

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The game was just as good as the pre-game festivities, and the two teams needed overtime to settle the score. Team Future came through with a 146-143 victory over Team Elite, led by Co-MVP Moses Brown who dropped 22 points and 10 rebounds. Emmitt Williams was named Co-MVP with 31 and 10 for Team Elite. If you couldn’t make it out for the game, don’t worry. We got you covered. You can watch highlights from the game below or  re-watch the livestream of the entire game on YouTube:

 

 

 

But Eastbay was behind the scenes all weekend long. For a backstage pass to all the action in Cali, read below:

 

Friday, May 4

The Ballislife All-American Game is just around the corner, but the athletes had one final practice session before showtime. This wasn’t just a normal practice session, though. The athletes talked with media members and participated in events with Youtubers and popular content creators like Jesser The Lazer, Filayyyy, and more. Check out Jesser giving his best effort at stopping Mac McClung:

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It’s wasn’t all media and games. When players of this caliber get together, you know there’s going to be some competition. A few guys played King Of The Court, while others worked on their game at shooting and passing stations throughout the gym. A mini-dunk contest showcased a preview of the gravity-defying dunks we’ll see tomorrow. After a few hours in the gym, the guys headed back to the hotel for some relaxation, and surprise, more competition. A player’s lounge offered Fortnite battles and more to cap off the final day before Game Day.

 

Thursday, May 3

The Ballislife All-American Game Weekend kicked off with a bang on Thursday as the players arrived, got outfitted with fresh threads and custom kicks, and got a practice session in. The Ballislife All-Americans each got a locker full of Ballislife and Eastbay gear, highlighted by their gameday jerseys and sneakers customized by opckicks. Unlike most All-American games, each athlete got to pick which shoe they wanted to wear for the game. Check out some of the images:

Trae Young, LiAngelo Ball, Collin Sexton: A Look Back At The 2017 Ballislife All-American Game

Trae Young, LiAngelo Ball, Collin Sexton: A Look Back At The 2017 Ballislife All-American Game

LiAngelo Ball

The 8th Annual Ballislife All-American Game is less than a month away. But before you get hyped for this year’s event, let’s flash back to 2017. I mean, last year’s roster included stars like Trae Young, Mo Bamba, LiAngelo Ball, and Collin Sexton. It was a true showcase of some of the best high school players in the nation.

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Sexton stole the show, dropping 27 points for the winning Team Elite. He got co-MVP honors with Team Future’s Brandon McCoy. You want insane dunks? Crazy passes? A rocking crowd? This game had all of it. Check out highlights from the game below:

 

Make sure you’re ready for this year’s game. With huge names like Shareef O’Neal, Darius Garland, Coby White, and Tyler Herro already set to take the court on May 5, you can be sure that 2018 will be just as amazing.

The Best Of Ballislife: Top Plays From The Best PGs

The Best Of Ballislife: Top Plays From The Best PGs

If you’re a basketball fan, then you probably know all about Ballislife. The Ballislife crew creates some of the best basketball videos in the world. Eastbay has teamed up with Ballislife on marquee events like the Ballislife All-American Game, which is one of the fastest growing high school All-American games in the country, having featured big names like Tyler Ulis, Zach LaVine, Stanley Johnson, Isaiah Briscoe, Thon Maker, Brandon Ingram, and Skal Labissiere.

Best of BallIsLife

Each month, we’ll feature some of the top videos from the Ballislife team. This month includes the latest from LaMelo Ball, an all-access look at the Ballislife All-American Game, Trevon Duval’s top plays, and more! Let’s get to it.

LaMelo Ball Drops 50

The Ball family has been in the news a lot lately, but Melo is still doing his thing. The youngest of the Ball Brothers filled up the stat sheet with a 50-point outing that came fully equipped with the jaw-dropping plays we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from LaMelo. If this video is any indication, the hype is real.

All Access: Ballislife All-American Game

If you missed out on the Ballislife All-American Game, we’ve got your back. This video goes all-access with the crew to give you the full experience of a crazy weekend with the top players in the game. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the game, the scrimmages, the trip to Venice Beach, and more.

The Best of Trevon Duval

The No. 1 point guard in the nation has plenty of highlight videos you can watch, but the Ballislife crew broke down his top 20 dunks and ankle breakers. It’s easy to see how Duval became one of the most sought after players in the country. The Duke commit gives fans plenty of reasons to be excited with his handles and hops.

Bol Bol and Shareef O’Neal Dominate In Front Of Shaq

How about some love for the big fellas? Bol Bol and Shareef O’Neal put on a dominating performance with Shaq watching at the Atlanta Nike EYBL. Plenty of blocked shots and more dunks than I can count, but the big guys also showcase some finesse and nice touch around the rim.

The Professor Toying with Defenders

The Professor’s got handles. There’s no doubt about that. He can straight up embarrass defenders. Ballislife compiled 10 of his best – and his opponents’ worst – moments. Think you have moves? Check the video and see how you stack up.

How to Watch the Ballislife All-American Game

How to Watch the Ballislife All-American Game

The best high school basketball players in the nation have flocked to Long Beach, California, for the 7th Annual Ballislife All-American Game presented by Eastbay.

Trevon Duval, Billy Preston, Trae Young, Jaylen Hands, LiAngelo Ball, and the rest of the crew are already onsite preparing for tomorrow’s showdown. In addition to the game itself, the nation’s best prospects will also participate in a three-point contest and a dunk contest prior to the game.

If you can’t make it out to Long Beach for the game, don’t sweat it. You can still watch all of the action from home. The event will be exclusively livestreamed on Facebook starting at 7 p.m. ET on May 6. And stay locked to Eastbay’s social channels for behind-the-scenes access all weekend long.

The History

Ballislife provides the most comprehensive coverage of high school and grassroots basketball in the country. Ballislife created a hub for fans, coaches, and players to follow along with all of the top highlights, top players, and best games. As an authoritative figure in the game, Ballislife challenged the traditional all-star game selection process and created their own all-star game with “the goal of selecting the most deserving players, regardless of geography, mainstream player rankings, or shoe affiliations.”

Since the first game in 2011, the Ballislife All-American Game has racked up an impressive list of participants. Previous attendees include Lonzo Ball, Miles Bridges, Thon Maker, Skal Labissiere, Stanley Johnson, Tyler Ulis, Zach LaVine, and Glenn Robinson III.

Full Roster

Previous Ballislife All-American games have featured a stacked roster, but this year might be the most talented group yet.

The full roster features Trae Young, Trevon Duval, Billy Preston, Jaylen Hands, Kris Wilkes, Brandon McCoy, PJ Washington, Ethan Thompson, Cody Riley, Isaiah Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, Quade Green, Ira Lee, LiAngelo Ball, Charles O’Bannon Jr., Chris Lykes, Mo Bamba, Brian Bowen, Brandon Randolph, Elizjah Scott, Jalek Felton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Savion Flagg, Kezie Okpala, Jalen Hill, and Collin Sexton.