With only two episodes left of ESPN’s 10-part documentary ‘The Last Dance,’ NBA fans are going to need a new obsession to fill the basketball-shaped void in their lives while huddled at home in the absence of live sports.
Enter: Proud DMV-area natives Kevin Durant, Quinn Cook, and Victor Oladipo, who along with Durant’s agent Rich Kleiman and his Thirty Five Ventures, have collaborated to executive produce, “BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water,” a sports doc telling the story of Prince George’s County, Maryland and how it recently produced more elite-level basketball talent than anywhere else in the world.
May 15th, bringing PG County to the world https://t.co/XZbcLj3o8z— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 1, 2020
“On my high school team, we had five guys make the NBA,” Quinn Cook says as the trailer for the documentary opens.
As a senior, Cook was teammates with Oladipo as well as both Jerian and Jerami Grant.
“I was a great piece for great players,” said Oladipo of being overlooked despite playing for a parochial powerhouse via The Woj Pod in 2017. “Coming from that area, and coming from DeMatha, I was surrounded by great players, who honestly at the time were more talented than I was.”
Per The Washington Post, in addition to Durant, Cook, and Oladipo, “roughly three dozen players with Prince George’s County ties have gone on to play in the NBA or WNBA this century,” including Michael Beasley, Markelle Fultz, Ty Lawson, Jeff Green, and Rodney McGruder.
Airing Friday at 9:00 PM on Showtime, the loving look at the area in and around where Oladipo and countless other professional ball players grew up promises to explore some of the societal and cultural influences that drove PG County to become a hoops factory.
Here’s the full trailer: