This year, day one of The Dreamville Chi-League, powered by Wilson, was not something you wanted to miss. The atmosphere at Chicago State University was as lit as it could possibly be from game to game. There were lots of big/influential players there hooping and exciting the crowd such as Cliff Alexander, Jabari Parker, Bryant Orange, Chase Adams, Deshawndre Washington, and DaJuan Gordan.
Game one, with Team Sterling Brown (Houston Rockets) against Team E’Twuan Moore (Phoenix Suns), was exciting but Cliff Alexander (former Portland Trailblazer), who was on Team Brown, made sure he put on a scoring clinic. In the end, Team Brown won with a score of 60-42. Game two, Team Bobby Simmons (former Milwaukee Buck) against Team Jabari Parker (Boston Celtics), was a good game to see. How could it not be with NBA talent from Chicago’s own Jabari Parker? He was teamed up with Bryant Orange and the two put on a show for the crowd and kept the gym hyped. Team Simmons went on to take the game 70-62.
After that game, the gym started to heat up as it was the third game of the day. The players were warmed up and came to play their hearts out, especially one player–Deshawndre Washington of South Suburban College who was on Team Kendrick Nunn (Los Angeles Lakers). Washington is receiving high praise as a college baller. He led his team in a blowout win of 87-54 against Team Tim Hardaway (former Golden State Warrior).
The crowd didn’t see what was coming in game four with Team Al Mckinnie (Los Angeles Lakers) and Team Antoine Walker (former Boston Celtic). With back-to-back plays on each end of the floor, it was the game to watch with your popcorn in hand. Mizzou’s DaJuan Gordon, from Mckinnie’s squad, was on fire the whole game dropping back-to-back buckets and even going head-to-head with his friend off the court, but foe on the court, Chase Adams (Salt Lake Community College). Gordan was even accompanied by Austin Trice (Old Dominion) who had no problem with getting bouncy on the court and showing off the dunks he got in his bag.
On the other hand, do not let Gordon’s stats blind you from the fact that Adams and his team were here for show. They made sure they didn’t let Team Mckinnie have all the fun. Team Walker kept it a close game the whole time but ended up sadly losing 62-55.
Overall, this year Chi-League was very exciting and that was only day one! Stay tuned for the upcoming games in the weeks to come!
By Brinaro White, Senior, Brother Rice High School