Following on the success of our 3rd Annual HoopXHang tournament at SXSW where Trinidad James hit a game winning 3 pointer to carry his Gold Gang to tournament victory, Hard Knock Tv raised the stakes ones again. Building from the excitement generated from past tournaments Hard Knock TV hosted industry teams during BET Awards weekend for their second annual “Hard Knock Hoops” tournament.
Participants for the 2013 Hard Knock Hoops tournament included: Drumma Boy, DJ Khalil, Chuck Inglish (Cool Kids), Pac Div (Hip Hop Group), Thurz, Stat Quo, Ramses Barden (NY Giants), Justin Hunte (HipHopDX), Nick Huff Barili (Hard Knock TV) , DJ Hyphen (KUBE 93.3FM), Soren Baker (Yahoo/Hiphopdx),Marvin_Fisher (PMK), Lowell Raven (CRSVR), Noah Preston (A&R Def Jam) and Jon Rutner (ESPN)
Congratulations to the Winners of the second annual Hard Knock Hoops tournament Lowell Raven, Kenny Hills and Dante Green representing DJ Vice’s CRSVR stores, who beat Hard Knock TV in the championship game.
By combining artists, producers, managers, media, and tastemakers that have an appreciation for the sport, Hard Knock Hoops aims to seamlessly merge the commonalities between basketball and hip-hop culture. Ultimately, the goal is to create an atmosphere that will provide strong competition on the court while building camaraderie amongst artists, professional athletes, industry insiders, and lifestyle influencers.
From the annual “HoopXHang” Basketball Tournaments at SXSW organized in conjunction with Hip-hop website TSS, to its own Hard Knock Hoops Tournaments, Hard Knock TV and founder Nick Huff Barili have developed a reputation for producing
successful industry basketball events.
Nick Huff Barili has participated in tournament/events at Rucker Park (Harlem), Barry Farms (D.C.), Staples Center (LA), Nike’s Los Fearless tourney and Nike’s World Basketball Festivals in D.C. and NYC…he has taken the best components of what makes a good basketball experience and incorporated them into “Hard Knock Hoops”.
Big Thank YOU!! to all of our sponsors including Hennesy, Vitamin Water, Young & Reckless, PRDGY and Core Energy.