When it comes to basketball, Prince George’s County, Maryland, is what you might call a breeding ground. Former NBA champ Quinn Cook is one of five guys on his high school team alone who made the NBA. Names like Kevin Durant, Victor Oladipo, Steve Francis, Michael Beasley, Jeff Green, Markelle Fultz, Jerami Grant, and WNBA star Marissa Coleman all got their start shooting hoops on the playgrounds and in the rec centers of PG County. Now, a new documentary produced by Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures is taking a closer look at the historical, economic, and cultural context around the hotbed he calls home. Basketball County: In the Water is a feature-length spotlight on this area, and the people who have helped it produce so many top athletes. It’s a variety of ingredients that include recreation infrastructure investment, such as an extensive network of outdoor parks and community centers, combined with the leadership of legendary DeMatha High School coach Morgan Wootten starting in the 1950s, the emergence of celebrated AAU youth basketball programs in the 1990s, and continuing with Durant’s own Durant Center.
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