While it wasn’t common knowledge except for only the most studious basketball fan, Prince George’s County in the state of Maryland has produced a significant number of talented players. In a new documentary, Basketball County: In The Water, the Washington, D.C. suburb and the basketball stars that hail from the region are highlighted much to the delight of area natives.
Executive produced by NBA players and county natives Kevin Durant, Quinn Cook, and Victor Oladipo, Basketball County: In The Water aired Friday night (May 15) on the Showtime network. Directed by John Beckham and Jimmy Jenkins, the documentary highlights the previously little-known but rich tradition of basketball that has been in motion in the shadows of the Nation’s Capital for years.
Along with the aforementioned Durant, Cook, and Oladipo, the documentary speaks with former stars such as Steve Francis and Walt Williams, both of whom starred at the University of Maryland at College Park. The documentary also turns to the tragic tale of the late Len Bias, who was well on his way to NBA superstardom but died from a cocaine overdose just two days after the Boston Celtics selected in the first round with the second pick.
Michael Beasley, Jeff Green, Jerami and Jerai Grant, and Jarrett Jack are current NBA players who also got some shine in the documentary. Since its airing, folks on Twitter have been beaming with P.G. County pride and we’ve collected some of those reactions below.
Basketball County: In The Water can be exclusively seen on Showtime. Check out the official first look and trailer videos below.
Run N’Shoot was a great place to be. Hella talent inside of there on the regular. Those tournaments were everything ! #BasketballCounty— ncioleeee (@ncioleeee) May 16, 2020
.@VicOladipo, @QCook323, @JeramiGrant, & many more of basketball’s elite came thru the program Morgan Wooten created at DeMatha.#BasketballCounty: In the Water is the story of how PG County players got on the 🗺️. Premiering this Friday on @SHOsports— Thirty Five Ventures (@35Ventures) May 13, 2020
Narration & music from @idk pic.twitter.com/43P0iK7ALD
Were you really a hooper if you didn’t play at Run n Shoot #BasketballCounty— Danielle (@DSnoww) May 16, 2020
I love how all the players from PG County stay together, even while being in the league. It’s cool to see basketball creating family networks❤️ #BasketballCounty— Loreal Nix 👩🏾💻✏️ (@lo_cartier) May 16, 2020
When Run N Shoot opened that was a game changer. A 24hr Gym with 20 courts. Crazy #BasketballCounty— Doug (@reallyimthedoug) May 16, 2020
I am so emotional watching #BasketballCounty. To see places I grew up, to hear people share experiences that I know first-hand, for PG County to be highlighted like this for the world to see...this is just really special.— janay christina. (@janaysays_) May 16, 2020
Another reason to love the #DMV – Watch this documentary – It’s very authentic, honest and real – All about the love, salvation and beauty to be found in basketball #BasketballCounty | @Showtime @collegetrack is highlighted in this film as well...https://t.co/LuRUIXKcvf— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) May 16, 2020