NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) - Aside from the fact they all played NBA minutes over this past season, local stars Kyle O'Quinn, Mike Scott and Kent Bazemore have something else in common. They've all played in the Hampton Roads 7 Cities Basketball Pro Am.
The summer league, which started on Saturday, features not only some of the top talent Hampton Roads has to offer, but also top talent from around the state and even the country.
James Flood, the CEO and league's operator, has watched the tournament grow for nine years, and believes its one of the best stops for good local basketball. "(It's a ) basketball setting where you can see top college players, top guys who've played professionally overseas, and just provide the community with an event on Saturdays and Sundays," he said.
"It's tradition around here for people to come from all the schools around here to play in the pro am, and play against each other," said Galaisha Goodhope, who just finished her freshman year at Old Dominion University.
Goodhope, a two-time all-State selection at Princess Anne High School, is playing in the league along with the entire Lady Monarch team.
"We all decided to play, and our coaches supported it," said Goodhope.
Bazemore, who played alongside Steph Curry with the Golden State Warriors for a large portion of the 2012-2013 season, returned to Norfolk to play a game in the tournament's opening weekend. The league's playoffs begin July 24, and will conclude with a championship game on August third.
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