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Women’s 360 Hoops Invitational Elite Bracket Filled With Top Pro, College Players In Daytona Beach

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It will be showcase of not just a new sport but elite women’s basketball talent on Saturday when a top field of 32 international professionals and collegiate players compete in the Elite Ladies Hoops bracket of the inaugural 360 Hoops Invitational (dmesportsacademy.com/360hoopsinvitational/) at DME Sports Academy (2441 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach) from 6-9 p.m. 360 Hoops partner Orlando Boom (www.theorlandoboom.com), the region’s premier women’s professional basketball organization and 2019 WBDA National Champions, will stock much of the talent, led by Antoinette Bannister, Aisha Brock, Alexis Prince, Ionna McKenzie and Stephanie Ball.

360 Hoops (www.play360hoops.com) is an exciting, inclusive addition to the shape of the game at all levels, incorporating a three-on-three, three-basket, three-team circular court form of the sport. Three teams compete at a time on the 30-foot diameter circular court, which features a single stanchion with three regulation baskets facing away in each direction. Players can score for their teams in any of the three baskets.

“360 hoops is an innovative way of how we view the game of basketball today,” said Orlando Boom owner/visionary Ontavius McCullough. “360 Sports will bring communities closer together, one neighborhood at at time.”

A sampling of the outstanding talent represented includes:

  • Georgia Soul: Alexis Prince, WNBA Georgia Soul prospect, Baylor Univ.; Aliyah Collier, Clemson Univ, Uniao Sportiva (Portugal); Dominique Wilson, N.C. State; Khadijiah Cave, Baylor Univ.
  • DMT: Destiny Campbell, East Carolina Univ.; Micah Harvin, Thomas Univ; Tiffany Hodge, Flagler College; Ionna McKenzie, Australian pro, Texas Tech
  • Lady Elite Warriors: Vanessa Hardy; Diamond Cooper, Florida Tech; Simiah Blount, Troy Univ.; Taj Kollore, UDC
  • TC Hoopers: Brandy Montgomery, Auburn, Giannena (Greece) pro; Dyana Pierre, Olimpique Sannois St Gratien (France) pro, Univ. of Southern Illinois; Nene Johnson, Stephanie Ball, USC Aiken
  • Team Swish: Alexis Guadalupe; Di’Mon Steele, St. Petersburg college; Tifani Kerrison, Lynn Univ.
  • TBD: Jonae Gonzales, Tianna Ayulo, Johnson & Wales Univ.; Natalia Leaks, Virginia State Univ.
  • Cha$erz: Antoinette Bannister, East Carolina Univ.; Aisha Brock, St. Francis (Pa.) Univ.; Jaterra Bonds, Univ. of Florida; Zada Williams, Univ. of Florida

“The Elite Ladies bracket will feature an amazing array of talent,” said Shane Brey, Co-Founder, 360 Hoops. “Every division of college basketball as well as several overseas professional leagues are represented, which will result in an exciting style of play and a great showcase for the emerging 360 Hoops format. With this field and the deep men’s elite rosters, the national broadcast will be one fans won’t want to miss.” 

Play at the Invitational began Tuesday and continued through the week, with co-ed elementary age, middle school then high school age boys on girls taking the court. Top former collegiate athletes have their own bracket on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by Elite Men at 1 p.m. and Elite Ladies at 6 p.m. All events are being conducted under strict COVID-19 protocol, including masks, frequent handwashing, facility access limited to athletes and staff only, daily temperature readings, social distancing and other practices.

360 Hoops Invitational games from the lower brackets are available on archive at the 360 Hoops YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/360hoops). The Elite finals will be featured on a tape-delayed national TV broadcast with Emmy-Award winning producer Harry Cicma. Innovative camera angles and technology, including 360 VR, will be incorporated.

The event will be followed by a lively and informative roundtable discussion with high-level basketball minds including Division I coaches which will also be filmed and aired during the television broadcast. Featured panelists scheduled to appear include Howard head coach Kenny Blakeney; Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey; Stetson assistant Brendan Ahearn Suhr; DME Sports Academy co-founder and owner Dan Panaggio; U.S. Army captain and former Augusta State Univ. star Ernesia Wright; Orlando Boom director of player development Mercedes Sirmons; and former Daytona State College and University of Central Florida standout Andrea Ayala. 

360 Hoops Invitational event partners include Dynasty Hoops, DME Sports Academy, Orlando Boom, and Ace League.

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