SHOWTIME SPORTS DOCUMENTARY FILMS TO PRESENT BASKETBALL COUNTY: IN THE WATER FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS KEVIN DURANT AND RICH KLEIMAN
Documentary Examines The Phenomenon Of A Maryland County That Has Produced Elite Basketball Stars
Premiering Friday, May 15 On SHOWTIME®
Photo: Thirty Five Ventures, LLC
NEW YORK – April 1, 2020 – SHOWTIME today announced the new documentary titled BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water, a collaboration with NBA star Kevin Durant and sports business executive Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures. The film explores how one county in Maryland, Durant’s hometown, has recently produced more elite basketball players than anywhere else in the world. BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water will premiere on SHOWTIME on Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
A fascinating examination of a remarkable community, BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water tells the story of Prince George’s County, Md., and its social, economic and cultural evolution through the lens of some of the game’s biggest stars—Durant, Victor Oladipo, Michael Beasley, Quinn Cook, Rebekkah Brunson, Marissa Coleman and many more. Since 2000, the county just outside the nation’s capital has spawned some 25 NBA players, more than a dozen WNBA players, and countless more who have competed at elite universities, highlighting the decades-long prevalence of basketball within a region of roughly 800,000 residents.
BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water chronicles key moments in basketball’s history – from James Naismith’s invention to the emergence of the “Father of Black Basketball,” Edwin B. Henderson, and the migration of African-American families from Washington D.C. to a suburban county that became fertile ground for many of basketball’s best players. Legends of the game including 2017 No. 1 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz, five-time WNBA champion Rebekkah Brunson and Naismith Hall of Fame inductees Morgan Wootten and Adrian Dantley share their personal stories about the rich legacy of the county’s basketball programs and mentors that fueled their rise.
“This is a project that is near and dear to my heart,” said Durant. “Having grown up in Prince George’s County and with my family residing there today, it’s my life’s mission to not only give back through my foundation but continue to tell the amazing stories of those that have come from there. I’m really excited to be partnering with SHOWTIME and for fans to hear from some of the world’s best players about what PG County means to them.”
“We are thrilled to work with Kevin and Rich on a project that is so deeply personal to one of the sport’s biggest stars,” said Stephen Espinoza, President of Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Kevin has opened up his heart and his mind, and that of his mentors and contemporaries, to reveal the roots of greatness. In doing so, he and his team have uncovered an extraordinary social and cultural phenomenon unique to Prince George’s County. This is a fascinating story.”
“Kevin and I are looking to tell compelling stories with sports at the forefront of every Thirty Five Ventures media project, and BASKETBALL COUNTY exemplifies that,” added Kleiman. “Through the voices of nearly a dozen former and current professional basketball players from Prince George’s County, fans will learn how important basketball is to the area and how it’s impacted the game itself.”
BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water is produced by Thirty Five Ventures and directed by Maryland natives and first-time directors John Beckham and Jimmy Jenkins. The executive producers are Durant, Kleiman along with Durant’s fellow NBA stars Oladipo and Cook.
Viewers new to SHOWTIME who sign up through the recently announced 30-day free trial can watch BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water, as well as the network's original series, specials, movies and all available titles from SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films including the Sports Emmy nominated QUIET STORM: THE RON ARTEST STORY, the multi-part series SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE from LeBron James, KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE and many more via the SHOWTIME streaming service on SHOWTIME.com or via the SHOWTIME app, available on all supported devices.
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