10 Questions: Alfredo Gracia on his 49 point performance

Alfred Gracia (right) after a game

Alfred Gracia (right) after a game

Q: What is your favorite Ultimate Hoops memory? 

A: Dropping 49 points

Q: Who in your league is the hardest player to guard?

A: Beau Barney

Q: Who in your league has the best shoe game?

A: Me

Q: If you could only watch three television shows, what would they be?

A: 'Power', 'Narcos', & 'Empire'

Q: Fill in the blank… Kevin Durant going to the Warriors is ________.

A: Dope

Q: What is your favorite thing to do away from the basketball court?

A: Get Gains

Q: Your best basketball friend is who?

A: Richard Peterson

Q: Your pre-game playlist must include which artist?

A: Drake

Q: Your favorite quote is what?

A: "Go hard or go home"

Q: Your city is the nation’s best basketball city because…..

A: Everybody has passion for the game and everyone is there to compete.

10 Questions: Dylan Loucks on guarding, defeating Beau Barney

Dyland Loucks (right) with Richard Peterson

Dyland Loucks (right) with Richard Peterson

Q: What is your favorite Ultimate Hoops memory? 

A: Assisting Mike Skinner for the win two seasons ago with a behind the back pass or beating Beau [Barney's] team.

Q: Who in your league is the hardest player to guard?

A: Probably Beau Barney

Q: Who in your league has the best shoe game?

A: Nick Nizam

Q: If you could only watch three television shows, what would they be?

A: I don't really watch TV, but 'Prison Break' was pretty good. 

Q: Fill in the blank… Kevin Durant going to the Warriors is ________.

A: Going to be interesting

Q: What is your favorite thing to do away from the basketball court?

A: Life weights or snowboard

Q: Your best basketball friend is who?

A: Seth Arellano or Alfredo Gracia or Richard Peterson

Q: Your pre-game playlist must include which artist?

A: Logic, Russ, Young Thug, Future. Anything really 

Q: Your favorite quote is what?

A: "Only the mediocre are always at their best" -Jean Giraudoux

Q: Your city is the nation’s best basketball city because…..

A: That's just the way it is I guess. We have people who love the game and very talented players. Also we have a lot of younger college age kids so we have youth on our side haha. 

10 Questions: James Mooney on Corey Maggette, Duke basketball & his pregame playlist

Northeast Region Manager, James Mooney [and his daughter] at the National Tournament in May

Northeast Region Manager, James Mooney [and his daughter] at the National Tournament in May

Q: What is your favorite Ultimate Hoops memory? 

A: It’s not an actual playing moment for me, but growing up a huge Duke fan, seeing Corey Maggette play in our National Tournament this past year was really something special. What impressed me most was how he was still in phenomenal shape even though he retired from the NBA in 2013. Effortlessly, he was just hauling down rebounds, blocking shots, knocking down 3’s, but then would turn it up whenever the game got close. It was just really cool to watch. 

Corey Maggette drives to the basket at May's National Tournament

Corey Maggette drives to the basket at May's National Tournament

Q: Who in your league is the hardest player to guard?

A: He hasn’t played in our league for a couple of seasons due to health issues, but Steve Serwatka was definitely the hardest player to guard in our Westchester league. He has such incredible range that you have to guard him out by half court, but then he’s deceptively quick and has a great head fake that he can just go by you.

Q: Who in your league has the best shoe game?

A: He was our former LC in Westchester, Marquis Standard. This guy had shoes for days and the socks to go along with it. Every time I saw him, he had a fresh pair of kicks on. His shoe and sock game was definitely top notch.

Q: If you could only watch three television shows, what would they be?

A:Inside the NBA, Power, Better Call Saul, but if we’re talking about shows that have ended then Breaking Bad would for sure be included.  

Q: Fill in the blank… Kevin Durant going to the Warriors is ________.

A: Interesting

Q: What is your favorite thing to do away from the basketball court?

A: By far, it’s spending time with my daughter. But other than that, I really enjoy listening to books through Audible and podcasts. I listen to JJ Redick’s The Vertical podcasts regularly and I’m almost done listening to Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. 

Q: Your best basketball friend is who?

A: Antione Johnson. He’s also our UH trainer in Westchester, but I met AJ like 10 years ago from playing against each other in a NYSC league. We respected each other’s games and when we got to talking, we shared the same exact views on basketball. 

Q: Your pre-game playlist must include which artist?

A: DMX. No other artist could combine hard core lyrics with a hard core beat like DMX did. NOBODY.

Q: Your favorite quote is what?

A: “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs."

Q: Your city is the nation’s best basketball city because…..

A: It’s NYC. Do I really have to explain why? The birth place of point guards, elite scorers, and street ball legends. Frank Sinatra wasn’t lying when he sang, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.” 

10 Questions: Larry Gilgur on the start of his Ultimate Hoops career

Larry Gilgur (left) of Prestige Worldwide

Larry Gilgur (left) of Prestige Worldwide

Q: What is your favorite Ultimate Hoops memory? 

A: Considering I never played organized ball before joining Life Time in 2008 and averaging around 3 points a game when I first started...My favorite memories have been the ability to get better and stay on the court to help my team produce wins and contribute. Career highs 30 points, 17 rebound games this season and career high averages. 

Q: Who in your league is the hardest player to guard?

A: TJ Jones and Bjorn Melander. They are both big and strong forwards that know how to use their body well on the floor and get proper position against their matchups. 

Q: If you could only watch three television shows, what would they be?

A: Entourage, Ballers and That '70s Show

Q: Fill in the blank… Kevin Durant going to the Warriors is ________.

A: Wack

Q: What is your favorite thing to do away from the basketball court?

A: Staying in shape

Q: Your best basketball friend is who?

A: Most of my friends play ball. I would have to say Samer Kaji and Salem Salem.

Q: Your pre-game playlist must include which artist?

A: The Game

Q: Your favorite quote is what?

A: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberated others." - Coach Carter [Marianne Williamson]

Q: Your city is the nation’s best basketball city because…..

A: It's the MECCA of basketball. NYC!