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It was way back 2000 era street ball has became very popular to a lot of basketball players and this is because of the And1 mix tape and that time became also more popular because of the different basketball tricks that they are doing. They are not a league, but a group of basketball players that are performing in an actual game using their unbelievable basketball skills. Now in this article of mine I will share to you the story of a street baller named Grayson Bouchet or much popularly known as "The Professor" and on how he started his career as a street baller and why he never played in the NBA.
He is from Oregon according to him the likes of him is called the global basketball entertainer. Before he is considered as a below average basket player in high school. He played as a freshmen in Mc Nerry High school, and because he has not given a lot of playing time he then transferred in Slayem Academy where he was recognized and became famous in the State of Oregon when he became a member of the All States Selection. But still nobody College teams offered him a scholarship so he decided to play first in a community College or a Division II teams.
Based on his interview before, he really was not given a playing time before when he was playing in his College days. On 2003 And1 open a mix store to promote their brand. And they organized an open try out in Portland, where the Professor join the try out and was chosen to be part of the line up of the And1 mix tour that he have to decide if he will left playing in College basketball, at that time And1 already had a TV Show on ESPN and already popular. And for the reason that he was not getting playing time on his College team he decided to sign a contract to And1.
And that is the start of his street ball career where he used to travel all over the world to promote the brand of And1 by playing basketball that is different compare to the typical plays in the league like in the NBA. If you are going to watch his YouTube channel he have some episodes that he is in the Philippines, one of his reason is because way back 2006 the And1 have a tour in the country that their opponents that time are Philippine Basketball League players. He played in And1 starting from 2003 until 2008, that from 2008 until 2010 he played on some other leagues. Then from 2011 until 2015 he played for Ball Up also a league for street baller that after that he said that he created a content for YouTube that we are seeing now in his channel.
So why is that he never made it to play in the NBA? According to him he really does not have a credential to play in the NBA. That he is not a top prospect in his high school days and he did not able to play in a Division I College teams that mostly all NBA players came from.
On 2000 era NBA does not acknowledge street ball as part of the basketball game or not really basketball according to professor because it's main focus is to show different basketball tricks and not to win games. When was known already and became popular because of And1 he tried again to enter to the NBA by playing in the IBL and Continental Basketball Association but the problem is what they called politics in basketball.
That if you will compare now some players in the NBA are using street ball style as part of their game some insane dribbling handles and incredible passes. In this new era actually some NBA players are training under the guidance of professor to add on their arsenal. And of those players who are training with the professor is James Harden that he teach him of his signature move named "teleport".
Added by professor if any teams from the NBA offered him to play in their teams he will never accept it, to the reason he is not sure of he will be given enough playing time to show what he are doing in street ball. That this not about money talks for him but legacy already for him. He wants to become an inspiration to other basketball players from what he is showing on his YouTube channel.