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BALL WARRIORS Welcome to the Golden State Harrison Barnes

FRESH KICKS Featuring NIKE & ADIDAS

HOOK MITCHELL “...he can jump over a building”


BALL Creative Director-Henson Garcia Publisher-Dennis Page Senior Editor-Henson Garcia Editor-in-Chief-Henson Garcia Research Director-Henson Garcia Photo Editor-Henson Garcia

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Golden State of Mind * Length

Strengths:

Key statistics:

17.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 2.2

* Unafraid to launch clutch shots

tpg, 1.1 spg, 29.2 mpg, .440 FG,

* Pull-up jumper

.358 3PT, .723 FT

* Catch-and-shoot 3 * Good rebounder

Cool statistic:

* Solid defender

Barnes is one of just six players in

* Strong work ethic

North Carolina history to average

Weaknesses:

at least 15 points as a freshman

* Has to get bigger and stronger

and sophomore, joining Phil

* Needs to continue to work on

Ford, Antawn Jamison, Joseph

scoring off the bounce

Forte, Rashad McCants and Tyler

NBA projection:

Those who know Barnes best think he has the tools and work ethic to be an NBA all-star. He’s a terrific scorer on the perimeter and at the rim (offensive re-

Hansbrough).

Reminds me of:

Glen Rice

What Insiders Say:

bounds) and needs only to work

North Carolina point guard Kend-

on his dribble-drive game, some-

all Marshall

thing he tried to force at times

“I think Harrison’s becoming the

during his sophomore season.

player that everybody tried to

2011-12 Season:

make him out to be a year and a

Barnes earned first-team All-ACC

half ago. That’s not to insult his

and second-team All-America

game at all. Sometimes players

(NABC) honors after leading the

just have to grow into that. I think

Tar Heels in scoring. He went

he’s done a great job of adjusting

through some dry spells from the

to the role. He is one of our main

perimeter, but he was also more

go-to guys.”

than capable of taking — and making — big shots.

What Outsiders Say:

Former Ohio (now Illinois) coach John Groce

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“Obviously Barnes is a terrific

player and he made some big

Harrison a guy that he wanted to

plays for their team late in regula-

emulate and saw the improve-

tion and in the overtime. We just

ment and said, you know what,

tried to battle him and compete,

I think that I now know what it

to be honest with you. We had

takes. He could listen to his dad

some of our better defenders

and his high school coach, but

on him as well. Offutt’s a terrific

when you see it in Harrison, the

defender, Johnson’s a great de-

improvement he made each

fender, and Hall has gotten better

year of high school because of

and is 6-6 and has some size.

his work ethic, it was certainly

But he’s a tough cover because

impactful for Doug.”

he can score such a variety of ways.” Creighton coach Greg McDermott “Harrison’s responsible for a lot of [son] Doug’s development because Doug saw in Harrison a guy with an unbelievable work ethic. And when other high school aged students were going to movies and going to football games and going to the prom, Harrison was working out. And I really believe that Doug saw in

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HOOK MITCHELL

At 5’9”, he built his legendary street

From the drug and crime infested streets of

status by jumping over the top of a Volkswag-

West Oakland to the California Men’s Penal

on and slam dunking a basketball. As NBA

Colony, Hook made all the wrong choices.

superstar Jason Kidd puts it, “he could jump

The story of how “Hook” wound up incar-

over a building.”

cerated, while the buddies he grew up with

Gary Payton, another NBA superstar and

skyrocketed to superstardom with multi-million

childhood friend asserts, “he was better than

dollar salaries, is told in this poignant tale of a

me, he was better than Jason (Kidd), Antonio

life gone wrong.

(Davis), he was better than everybody.”

“Hook” Mitchell is the greatest basketball

But while Hook’s childhood friends, Gary

player to never make it to the NBA.

Payton, Jason Kidd, Antonio Davis, Brian Shaw, J.R. Rider and Greg Foster all ended up

Demetrius Mitchell, who, at 5-feet-10, built

playing basketball in the NBA, Hook ended up

his legendary playground status because of

incarcerated.

his amazing hops that enabled him to dunk

7-Feature : Hook Mitchell


360 dunks over a late model honda accord car. Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden credits Demetrius with the feat of a 360 degree dunk over a car. Mitchell says his best dunk ever was a backboard-shattering dunk off an alley oop. The “Hook” says that he has been playing above the rim since he was 5’3”, but didn’t dunk in organized games until the height of 5’5. He played one season for Merritt College and one season at Contra Costa College intercollegiate squads and two years at California State University, East Bay (Formerly known as California State Hayward University during this time). The playground basketball star’s descent into drugs and crime, however, destroyed any chance he had of becoming a professional athlete. Demetrius Mitchell, known as Waliy Abdur Rahim since his conversion to Islam, in prison, where he describes his rough upbringing on the streets of Oakland, and his struggle to survive. The filmmakers also interview several NBA stars who also grew up in Oakland, including Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Antonio Davis, Drew Gooden, and Brian Shaw, all of whom played with Mitchell on the streets, and were astonished by his skills, but were unable to help him avoid his sorry fate. They describe his unstable home life and the longing for community that drove him to the streets. Mitchell himself is shown playing prison league games, and is surprisingly still able to play above the rim. Mitchell was released from prison on April 4, 2004. He had served 51 months in prison after being charged with an armed robbery at a Blockbuster store. He went to training camp with the Golden State Warriors but was cut. Most notably, he did a photo shoot for Dime

“...he was better than everybody.”

Magazine. He signed a contract with Reebok and his biography is out on video and DVD. He is also said to have joined the YPA (Young

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Players Association) mixtape squad. Deme-

starred for McClymonds High during the glory

trius is the coach and founder of the Oakland

years of the Oakland Athletic League. As good

Mountain Dew Xtreme, a well known AAU

as he was in high school, though, Hook was

basketball team in California.

better known for his feats on the playgrounds.

If you grew up playing basketball in the Bay

Jumping over cars. Jumping over bikes on top

Area in the late 1980s, you knew about Hook

of cars (or so it was said). Doing 360s from

Mitchell. You might not have known his first

the middle of the lane. (See video at story’s

name -- it’s Demetrius -- or perhaps even his

end for some of his greatest hits.)

last. But you knew Hook.

The first time Hook dunked over another

A 5-foot-11 guard -- though some say he

person, that person was a young Jason Kidd,

was 5-9, the better to inflate his legend -- he

seated in a chair. All the Oakland talent --

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Oakland and spent nearly five years in prison. When he got out, at 35, he was still good enough to receive a training camp invite from the Golden State Warriors. He didn’t make the team. He was still an icon though, at least in the Bay Area. So it came as a pleasant surprise when, this past winter, he showed up to join a rec league team I play on in Berkeley. We were down a couple guys and Duff Reiter, our coach, called me one Wednesday afternoon. I wasn’t feeling well, and was unsure if I’d make the game. “We picked up a new guy,” Reiter said. “You ever heard of Hook Mitchell?” Needless to say, I suddenly felt a lot better. That night, we gathered at James Kenney Rec Center in West Berkeley prior to our 8 p.m. game. Not long after, Hook ambled in. At 39, he’s still remarkably fit. He has a boxer’s build, with a thick neck and a wide torso covered with slabs of muscle. He wore his hair in corn rows that grayed at the edges, and has one of those dramatic, instantly placeable faces, Kidd, Gary Payton, Antonio Davis, Jeff Foster and later Drew Gooden -- looked up to Hook. As Payton says in the documentary Hooked, “He was better than me, he was better than Jason ... he was better than everybody.” As a suburban teenager growing up across the bay in Mill Valley at the time, I considered Hook to be the Loch Ness of hoops, a wondrous creature often spoken of but seldom glimpsed. One time I heard he was competing at a dunk contest in San Francisco, so I got a ride out with some friends. Only Hook didn’t show. Another time there was word he was playing in a pick-up game at a city gym. Again, no luck. I lost track of Hook over the years but his story turned out to be a sad one: He got involved in drugs and never went to college, though he continued playing in the parks. In 1999, he was arrested for robbing a video store in

blockish, with protruding ears and deep lines. He rarely smiled, but when he did you could see his front teeth were missing. When he entered the gym, heads immediately turned. “Hook’s here, Hook’s here,” people whispered, and it reminded me of how the kids on The Wire always murmur when Omar comes around. Hook was humble and laconic. “Pleased to meet you,” he said upon introductions. We started our layup lines and I think all of us were curious how much he had left in the tank. After all, he was 39 and even the greatest leapers -- especially ones as short as Hook -- usually start to lose their jumping ability in their early to mid-30s. I couldn’t tell whether he was trying or not, but he went up leisurely for one dunk and missed it. Maybe he was done. It wasn’t until late in the first half that it

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happened. There was a steal and then a fast

me, he was better than Jason (Kidd), Antonio

break. Hook got back on defense, running

(Davis), he was better than everybody.”

just behind an opposing player as he went

But while Hook’s childhood friends, Gary

up for a layup. Hook planted off two feet and,

Payton, Jason Kidd, Antonio Davis, Brian

in a violent motion, shot upwards. I’ve never

Shaw, J.R. Rider and Greg Foster all ended

seen someone jump so quickly or powerfully.

up playing basketball in the NBA, Hook ended

He pinned the ball high on the backboard,

up incarcerated.

somewhere up in the square. His elbow was

From the drug and crime infested streets of

probably near the level of the rim. The gym

West Oakland to the California Men’s Penal

went nuts. No one cared that the ref called a

Colony, Hook made all the wrong choices.

foul.

The story of how “Hook” wound up incar-

Later, in the second half, Hook tried to follow

cerated, while the buddies he grew up with

dunk over two 6-5 guys. He was unsuc-

skyrocketed to superstardom with multi-million

cessful, but only because he ran into human

dollar salaries, is told in this poignant tale of a

impediment, not for lack of elevation. Later,

life gone wrong.

Reiter told me that he’d coached a team with

“Hook” Mitchell is the greatest basketball

Hook the previous Friday night and that Hook

player to never make it to the NBA.

had done the same thing, only he’d made the dunk.

Demetrius Mitchell, who, at 5-feet-10, built

It was an energizing night, watching a legend

his legendary playground status because of

in action -- hell, playing alongside one. It was

his amazing hops that enabled him to dunk

also, to a certain degree, inspiring. If after spending two decades bouncing around on concrete and asphalt, Hook could still get up like that, maybe there was a hardwood fountain of youth for the rest of us. Then again, considering what else Hook had been doing for those 20 years, maybe I didn’t want to know what that fountain contained. We won the game handily and walked out of the gym. Hook went one way and some of us went another. It was amazing to think: here we were, a bunch of weekend warriors, teammates with Hook Mitchell. Then again, more tellingly, here was Hook Mitchell, teammates with us. At 5’9”, he built his legendary street status by jumping over the top of a Volkswagon and slam dunking a basketball. As NBA superstar Jason Kidd puts it, “he could jump over a building.” Gary Payton, another NBA superstar and childhood friend asserts, “he was better than

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360 dunks over a late model honda accord

He is also said to have joined the YPA (Young

car. Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Good-

Players Association) mixtape squad. Deme-

en credits Demetrius with the feat of a 360

trius is the coach and founder of the Oakland

degree dunk over a car. Mitchell says his best

Mountain Dew Xtreme, a well known AAU

dunk ever was a backboard-shattering dunk

basketball team in California.

off an alley oop. The “Hook” says that he has

If you grew up playing basketball in the Bay

been playing above the rim since he was 5’3”,

Area in the late 1980s, you knew about Hook

but didn’t dunk in organized games until the

Mitchell. You might not have known his first

height of 5’5. He played one season for Merritt

name -- it’s Demetrius -- or perhaps even his

College and one season at Contra Costa Col-

last. But you knew Hook.

lege intercollegiate squads and two years at

A 5-foot-11 guard -- though some say he

California State University, East Bay (Formerly

was 5-9, the better to inflate his legend -- he

known as California State Hayward University

starred for McClymonds High during the glory

during this time). The playground basketball

years of the Oakland Athletic League. As good

star’s descent into drugs and crime, however,

as he was in high school, though, Hook was

destroyed any chance he had of becoming a

better known for his feats on the playgrounds.

professional athlete.

Jumping over cars. Jumping over bikes on top of cars (or so it was said). Doing 360s from

Demetrius Mitchell, known as Waliy Abdur

the middle of the lane. (See video at story’s

Rahim since his conversion to Islam, in prison,

end for some of his greatest hits.)

where he describes his rough upbringing on

The first time Hook dunked over another

the streets of Oakland, and his struggle to survive. The filmmakers also interview several NBA stars who also grew up in Oakland, including Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Antonio Davis, Drew Gooden, and Brian Shaw, all of whom played with Mitchell on the streets, and were astonished by his skills, but were unable to help him avoid his sorry fate. They describe his unstable home life and the longing for community that drove him to the streets. Mitchell himself is shown playing prison league games, and is surprisingly still able to play above the rim. Mitchell was released from prison on April 4, 2004. He had served 51 months in prison after being charged with an armed robbery at a Blockbuster store. He went to training camp with the Golden State Warriors but was cut. Most notably, he did a photo shoot for Dime Magazine. He signed a contract with Reebok and his biography is out on video and DVD.

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