Homicide to host Whoosh at Waterfront

Homicide to host Whoosh at Waterfront

If you look up “Streetball” on Wikipedia, you’ll get a comprehensive explanation of the various styles of the game and where it is mostly played. You will also see a list of “Famous Streetballers” – and the person at the very top of that list? Corey “Homicide” Williams.

Basketball Geelong are excited to announce that “Homicide” will be here in Geelong as the official host of the FIBA 3x3 event – “Whoosh at the Waterfront”. The fast paced style of the 3x3 tournament is likened to streetball, where Corey Williams earned his nickname on the streets of NYC. The name “Homicide” came about from being known as streetball’s most dangerous player.

Corey “Homicide” Williams is no stranger to Australian shores – having played two seasons in the NBL, including winning the league MVP in 2010, as well playing five games for SEABL team Brisbane Spartans. He is looking forward to getting back on to Australian soil, and even more so to be involved in the Whoosh at the Waterfront event.

After announcing last week that Geelong had won the right to host this inaugural FIBA 3x3 World Qualifying tournament – the only one of its kind in Australia – organisers set about finding people to be involved in the historic event.

“Homicide” was the perfect candidate to host the inaugural FIBA 3x3 event in Geelong, being well known in international streetball circles as well as renowned in Australia. Making a name for himself as one of the most entertaining players Australian basketball has seen in recent times, his energy and passion for the game are contagious. He has also been invited to attend the World Tour event in Valdivostok, Russia, where the two grand finalists from the Geelong event will be flown to compete in the final.

Williams is looking forward to being part of this event.  "I am extremely excited and very appreciative to have this opportunity to be the ambassador for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Qualifier in Geelong this June, especially as it is the first of its kind to ever hit the shores of Australia,”said Williams

“As you all should know Streetball/outdoor basketball I hold dearly to my heart because it has done so much for me and my career, and I know that there's undiscovered talent out there that's going to shine that weekend. I look forward to being a part of history in Australia.”
“In my four year NBL career with the Townsville Crocodiles and the Melbourne Tigers, I've always considered Australia my home away from home, so it will definitely be great to head back down under and catch up with my Aussie mates!"

Check out Homicide in the trailer from the upcoming movie about playground basketball in NYC, “Doin it in the Park” http://vimeo.com/40780968

The official logo of the Whoosh at the Waterfront event has also been unveiled (below), with a nod to the urban nature of the game with a graffiti style art look and incorporating Geelong’s iconic waterfront sails.
Basketball Geelong Chief Executive Officer Andrew Scotford says the logo reflects the relationship of this new event with Geelong and its iconic locations and will feature across the promotion of the event.
“The Waterfront and the sails are synonymous with Geelong and we want this event to be a part of the WE ARE GEELONG ethos that exists here,” Scotford said.

Registrations for both the elite and participation divisions are now open, for more information and to register please visit www.3x3geelong.com

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