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NBA players in Tampa for charity tournament


Published:   |   Updated: June 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Marreese Speights, Dominique Jones, John Henson and twin brothers Joey and Stephen Graham all took a road to the NBA that traveled through Tampa Bay.

Jones, the former USF guard who played at Lake Wales High in Polk County, was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 2010. Henson, a Sickles High grad, went on to star at North Carolina and currently plays with the Milwaukee Bucks. Speights, a St. Petersburg native, played at Gibbs High and Admiral Farragut before winning a national championship at Florida. He plays with the Golden State Warriors. The Grahams played at Brandon High and have played professionally since 2005.

This weekend, they all returned to give back to the community, while also having a little fun.

The professional players were among those participating in the 3rd Annual Bay Area Showdown, a $10,000 prize 5-on-5 basketball tournament, which began Friday and continues through Sunday. Games are being played at Florida College and at Tampa Catholic High, 4702 N. Central Ave, Tampa.

Other former NBA players competing included Josh Selby.

Referees from the NBA, WNBA and the NBA Development League officiated the games.

Proceeds from this event will go towards helping PAL (Police Athletic League), Brandon Bolts Basketball Inc., and EWOL (Every Walk of Life).

Passes, which are good for the entire tournament, are $20 for adults, $15 for teens and $10 for kids 6 to 12 when purchased online at bayareashowdown.com. If purchased at the door, passes are an additional $5.

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