Albany's finest set to take on streetball legends

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ALBANY -- Get ready for some high-flying dunks, amazing shots and broken ankles -- streetball is here in Albany.

The Kings of the South Basketball Game is set for 7 p.m. today at Albany State University, and while there may not be any actual shattered bones, it will be a chance for area fans to see current and former basketball superstars take on Albany's finest.

Among others, Grayson "The Professor" Boucher -- of AND1 Mixtape Tour fame -- and Taurian "Air Up There" Fontenettem -- known for his ability to complete a 720-degree dunk -- will be there.

"About 80 percent of the guys (in the game) have played overseas or are playing in the NBA right now," said event organizer Fred Pickett. "(We're expecting) a lot of people to show up and show their support for the people who play this game."

Also making an appearance will be former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, who co-founded the Battle of the South Basketball Tournament with Pickett and Scooter Johnson.

The tournament, which is free to the general public, runs Saturday and Sunday.