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Best Moments From Big 12 Hoops at Historic Rucker Park

Big 12 Rucker Park officially kicked off on Tuesday with appearances from coaches, players, and fans from the Big 12 Conference all coming out to support the next generation of hoopers.

Key coaches and players from the Big 12 Conference made the trip to historic Rucker Park in Harlem, New York, to coach drills and give back to the local community of boys and girls in Harlem.


A cast of head coaches from the conference including Baylor‘s Scott Drew, BYU‘s Mark Pope, Cincinnati‘s Wes Miller, Kansas State‘s Jerome Tang, Oklahoma State‘s Mike Boynton, and TCU‘s Jamie Dixon all made an appearance coaching different drills and spending time ion one of the world’s most famous basketball courts. Womenโ€™s coaches Amber Whiting (BYU), Katrina Merriweather (Cincinnati), Ron Hughey (Houston), Jeff Mittie (Kansas State), and Krista Gerlich (Texas Tech) also helped out before the rain came down and ended the event early.

Some of the big takeaways from the event included a surprise appearance from Mr. New York City himself, Markquis Nowell, who grew up playing at Rucker Park and became a streetball legend before finding his way to Kansas State, and then the NBA.

Big 12 Hoops in the Park was one of the recent announcements from Commissioner Brett Yormark who announced the event back on March 23rd during Nowell and the Wildcats historic March Madness run which featured multiple players from the NYC area. K-State forward Nae’Qwan Tomlin, a NY native was also in attendance helping kids find the bottom of the net on the court he grew by.


While the rain may have shut the event down earlier than expected, many fans earned the experience of a lifetime with players who grew up in a similar area, playing on a court that’s seen legends like Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Vince Carter, Wilt Chamberlin, Julius Irving, Allen Iverson, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and more lance them up and put on a show.

The pair of old friends and coworkers, Scott Drew and Jerome Tang, were seen coaching and spending time with each kid to help them develop their basketball skills and give them a chance to spend time with some of the Big 12’s best coaches.


Big 12 Rucker Park looks to be a tradition that will continue going forward with commissioner Brett Yormark continually showing love to a New York City area that continues to produce Division 1 talent in the conference.

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