Hoop Group Announces Multi-Year Partnership with Point 3 Basketball



Performance basketball apparel brand selected as Official Outfitter of grassroots industry leader

ATLANTA, GA (April 11th, 2017) – POINT 3 Basketball and Hoop Group today announced a major promotional partnership, with POINT 3 becoming the official outfitter and team uniform supplier for the Neptune, NJ based tournament operator.  The partnership is a core element of POINT 3’s 2017 #DRYVTour, a national initiative by POINT 3 to support and promote grassroots basketball across the country.

The Hoop Group was founded in 1962. Since its early days as a basketball camp in New Jersey, it has grown into one of the premier summer stops for ballplayers of all ages, hosting camps, clinics, tournaments and showcases all around the country. Hundreds of NBA players are Hoop Group alumni, including the likes of reigning NBA Champion Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kemba Walker.,

Per the partnership agreement, POINT 3, best known for its basketball apparel and uniforms featuring patented DRYV® moisture control technology, will provide apparel for all of Hoop Group’s camps, clinics, showcases and teams during the 2017 calendar year. POINT 3 will also be on-site at numerous Hoop Group events during the 2017 season, promoting its industry-leading, innovative basketball gear. POINT 3 will also promote Hoop Group events to the brand’s 100,000+ followers across its e-mail, blog, and social media platforms.

“With more than 50 years in the game, Hoop Group is one of the most respected names in youth basketball,” said POINT 3 Chief Operating Officer Mikko Simon. “ We’re thrilled to be working together and outfitting the next generation of elite ballplayers who walk through The Hoop Group’s doors.”

In addition to promoting Hoop Group events, POINT 3 will provide special discounts and other offers on team-based apparel to squads participating in Hoop Group tournaments and events.

“POINT 3 is a true innovator in the basketball apparel industry,” said Hoop Group VP of Marketing Matt Pooley. “We’re excited to have the thousands of ballplayers we reach every year experience the quality and commitment to the game that we’ve already seen from the POINT 3 team.”

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POINT 3 Basketball (www.POINT3Basketball.com) is the fastest-growing basketball apparel brand in the industry. Dedicated to helping ballplayers own the court in critical moments, POINT 3’s innovative gear features patented DRYV® Technology, which has helped eliminate thousands of turnovers and missed jumpers on courts around the world since 2010. POINT 3 is the official outfitter of the Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, and Brooklyn Nets youth programs, in addition to thousands of basketball players and teams worldwide.. Learn more about POINT 3’s commitment to the game and basketball communities everywhere at www.POINT3Basketball.com/WeCare.

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The Hoop Group (www.HoopGroup.com) is a comprehensive basketball company dedicated to fulfilling dreams by providing student athletes, parents and coaches the best instruction, competition and exposure. It is one of the largest basketball instruction organizations in the world that encompasses over 30,000 student ­athletes and 3,000 high school, collegiate and youth league coaches.  The Hoop Group has four major Divisions including Hoop Group Elite Exposure Camps, Hoop Group Skills Camps at Pocono Invitational, Hoop Group Tournaments & Showcases (AAU & High School Events) and Hoop Group Headquarters (our four court facility in Neptune NJ).   The Hoop Group’s alumni list reads as a “Who’s Who” of the basketball world, including Moses Malone, Julius “Doctor J” Erving, Vince Carter, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Bob Knight, Chuck Daly, Billy Donovan, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Karl Anthony Towns and many more.

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Finals Rematch Completely Different Than a Year Ago


For the second straight year the NBA Finals will feature the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers,  and the NBA’s MVP. As the 2016 NBA Finals tips off tonight in the San Francisco bay area, many of the stories leading up to the series surrounded a number of the same names as last year. However, these are not the same two teams we saw a year ago, let alone four months ago, when Golden State blew out Cleveland on their home court.

The Warriors, while compromised of the same core group of players from last season, have seemingly found a new level of play this year. Their record setting regular season and improbable series comeback against Oklahoma City prove that. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson continue to amaze viewers on a nightly basis with unreal three-point barrages, Draymond Green continues to be an x-factor in Golden State’s success, and every one else seems to contribute at just the right time.

The Cavaliers on the other hand, will (hopefully) be a much different team this time around. With a healthy Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving playing at high level, Lebron James will have the sidekick power he lacked for much of the series last year. The biggest difference in Cleveland from this year to last is the man standing on the sidelines.

Tyronn Lue took over as head coach mid season, after Cleveland’s embarrassing midseason loss to Golden State. In the January 18th meeting, the Cavs failed to contain Curry, who went off for 35 points in just 28 minutes of play. Last year’s Finals MVP Andre Iguodala added 20 off the bench, thanks to 4-5 shooting from behind the arc.

It was all smiles for Curry, who sat the whole 4th quarter, and the Warriors on their January 18th win over Cleveland

It was all fund and games for Curry, who sat the whole 4th quarter, and the Warriors on their January 18th win over Cleveland

The issues for the Cavs following that game are the same question marks heading into this series. Can any Cleveland guard, whether it be Irving, Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, or even Matthew Dellavedova contain the Splash Brothers? And how effective can Love be against the smaller, faster line up of Golden State? In their two losses to Golden State this season, Love struggled to get into any rhythm offensively. He tallied a mere thirteen points combined points off 6-21 shooting, though he did haul in 18 rebounds on their Christmas Day matchup. In the January 18th blowout, Love also struggled defensively and let Draymond Green blow past him and pick apart the rest of the Cavalier defense en route to 16 points and 10 assists.

Kyrie Irving has provided the support King James lacked in last year's NBA Finals

Kyrie Irving has provided the support King James lacked in last year’s NBA Finals. Will his support be enough this time around?

The addition of Channing Frye should help Cleveland stretch the floor on both ends of the floor. After coming over from Orlando, Frye really found came into own in the Eastern Conference semifinals, providing efficient minutes off the bench and shooting 58% from three-point range. Last season the Cavs went big with Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov anchoring the paint down low. With Mozgov seemingly buried on Lue’s bench, Frye could be the answer for Cleveland’s match up struggles.

Yes, the names on the front are the same as last year. And yes, a majority of the names on the back are the same. But these are not the same two teams we saw a year ago; they are better. Can the Cavs match up with the small and quick line up of Golden State? How will Golden State handle a hot Kyrie Irving? Is Anderson Varejao guaranteed a ring now matter who wins? One thing is for sure, we cannot wait to find out.

2016 NBA Finals Series

Game 1 – Thursday, Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. on ABC

Game 2 – Sunday, Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. on ABC

Game 3 – June 8, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. on ABC

Game 4 – June 10, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. on ABC

Game 5* – June 13, Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. on ABC

Game 6* – June 16, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. on ABC

Game 7* – June 19, Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. on ABC

*if necessary

The Basketball Tournament presented by Jack Link’s® Protein Snacks Announces Record $2 Million Prize and Sites


Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles To Host Regionals; Super 16 in Philadelphia; Semifinals and Winner-­‐Takes-­‐All Championship in New York

BOSTON – Feb. 23, 2016 – The Basketball Tournament (TBT) presented by Jack Link’s® Protein Snacks today announced that they have doubled the winner-­‐take-­‐all prize money to $2 Million for 2016, with the winning team’s fans sharing 10% of the prize: $200,000. The open-­‐to-­‐all, single-­‐elimination, summer basketball event will be open to applicants starting April 1 and play its winner-­‐takes-­‐all, $2 million championship on ESPN August 2nd.

“Doubling the prize to $2 million and allowing the winning team’s fans to share 10% of that is a massive step towards our goal of empowering sports fans,” said Jon Mugar, TBT founder and CEO. “The interest and support we’ve received from all areas of the basketball world has been overwhelming and we can’t wait to see what communities of teams form over the next several months.”

TBT’s social media driven application period launches on April 1 on TheTournament.com. The field will be made of 64 teams who will play in four regions of 16 apiece. The top 12 vote getters by fans in each region will receive “automatic” bids, while TBT will select four at-­‐large teams per region to complete the field. Teams can qualify for TBT 2016 only by getting votes from fans who register on the site, with the top 100 fans of the winning team splitting $200k (10% of the total prize).

The 2016 Regional Cities will be: South (Charlotte) July 9, 10; West (Los Angeles) July 9, 10; Midwest (Chicago) July 16, 17; Northeast (Philadelphia) July 16, 17. Super 16 & Quarterfinals (Philadelphia) July 21, 21, 23. Semifinals (New York) will be on Saturday July 30th with the Championship (also New York) on Tuesday August 2nd.

The Super 16 will take place at Philadelphia University from July 21-­‐23,and the semifinals and championship game will be at Fordham University in New York for the second consecutive year. ESPN will televise the three games from New York live.

TBT’s 2015 field, included hundreds of players who have competed at the highest levels all over the world. Overseas Elite, a team of veteran international professional players, won last year’s

$1 million winner-­‐take-­‐all title at Fordham’s historic Rose Hill Gymnasium. Fans who voted for Overseas Elite shared in the winnings, taking home a combined $50,000 of the grand prize. The Notre Dame Fighting Alumni, a squad made up of some of the best players in University of Notre Dame history, won the inaugural title and $500,000 in 2014. Over 300 teams applied to join the tournament last year, which saw the winner-­‐take-­‐all prize double in value.

Players must be 18 years of age or older and all games are played under college rules with two 18-­‐minute halves. In addition to Overseas Elite, university-­‐based alumni teams representing schools like Syracuse University, Notre Dame, Princeton, Villanova, Virginia and others have competed in TBT’s previous editions, with more likely to join them in this and future years.


Conceived by CEO Jonathan Mugar as the ultimate opportunity for fans, athletes and social media mavens to live out their dreams and chase once-­‐in-­‐a-­‐lifetime opportunities, TBT’s foundation as a high-­‐stakes, professionally run and organized sporting event, now sees it entering its third year. In its first two seasons, The Basketball Tournament drew over 400 team entries from around the country, with participants ranging from professional players and recent college stars to pickup basketball players and people who have never played above high school. Among the event’s advisors are Tony Ponturo of Ponturo Management Group, Andy Dolich of Dolich Consulting, and Len DeLuca of Len DeLuca & Associates, LLC. The partnership agreement was secured by TBT’s sponsorship agency of record, Equity Sports Partners, which is led by Cliff Kaplan. For more details visit http://www.thetournament.com/

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Media Contacts:

Joe Favorito, Kirmser Ponturo Group | joefavorito2@gmail.com 201-­‐746-­‐0005

Jesse Leeds, TBT | jesse@thetournament.com 845-­‐612-­‐9323

Hoop Group to Host Pittsburgh Jam Fest at Pittsburgh Convention Center

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One of the nation’s premier basketball companies set to host their most prolific tournament inside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center


Neptune, NJ | February 18th, 2016 


The Hoop Group and SportsPITTSBURGH are excited to announce a partnership that will change the landscape of Grassroots Basketball. New Jersey’s premier basketball company will host its illustrious Pittsburgh Jam Fest Tournament inside the spacious David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This location allows Hoop Group to place 24 regulation basketball courts under one roof.

“The Pittsburgh Jam Fest is one of the most prominent AAU basketball tournaments in the country.” said Dave Fedor, Director of Hoop Group Team Tournaments. “For years the tournament has been scattered across the city at a number of different locations. Having one primary location with 24 courts allows us to take the tournament to a new level for players, teams, college coaches, media outlets, and most importantly, the fans.”

Hoop Group Jam Fests are known for providing high level competition and maximum exposure in the most organized tournament atmosphere; the Pittsburgh Jam Fest is the pinnacle of these tournaments. Welcoming over 300 teams and 100 college coaches last year, the Pittsburgh Jam Fest brings the most passionate basketball fans, and players, to Pittsburgh every year in April. Former Pittsburgh Jam Fest participants include NBA players Kevin Durant, Karl Anthony-Towns, Kemba Walker, Jared Sullinger, among others.

Now, these same passionate fans, coaches and players will have the same Pittsburgh Jam Fest experience, but in the best-equipped facility Pittsburgh has to offer. The David L. Lawrence Convention Center effectively blends unparalleled space, functionality, and flexibility with cutting-edge technology to offer  an unforgettable event experience. All this made possible thanks to the hard work of Pittsburgh’s hospitality community.

“We are delighted to once again host the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest and welcome to our city some of the elite high school players in the country, said Jennifer Hawkins, Executive Director of Sports Development for VisitPITTSBURGH. “This year with all of the games being played on 24 courts in the David L. Lawrence Conference Center, basketball for fans of all ages will have a hard time deciding what games to watch.  This event again demonstrates how our community and businesses work together to host large events and why Pittsburgh has become a major sports destination for both professional and amateur sport events.”  

The Pittsburgh Jam Fest will take place from April 22 through the 24th. It is open to AAU programs 14U-18U. Fans are welcome and encouraged to attend the highly competitive action and cheer on the stars of tomorrow.


As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events in the region, providing the experience and expertise to reinforce Pittsburgh reputation as a legendary sports town.

About Hoop Group

The Hoop Group is the worldwide leader in basketball instruction, offering premier basketball camps since the summer of 1963. Having touched the lives of over one million young men and women, Hoop Group has evolved from simply offering summer basketball camps, to hosting tournaments and competitions, skills camps, clinics, showcases, and facilities to the basketball community. The Hoop Group’s alumni list reads as a “Who’s Who” of the basketball world, including: Moses Malone, Julius “Doctor J” Erving, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Bob Knight, Chuck Daly, Billy Donovan, John Wall, Kyrie Irving and many more.