On this episode Angie interviews Lonnie Harrell a basketball legend who is now working with you in the DC area. A leader known for his superb shooting and overall ability on the floor, professional basketball player and former member of the And 1 Mixtape Tour, Lonnie Harrell has etched his name into sports history books. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Lonnie has broken college and professional records, but now uses his notoriety and expertise to mentor and train local youth who are also committed to being stellar athletes.
After graduating from D.C.’s Eastern High School, where he was a letterman in track & field, basketball and tennis, and held the city title in track & field, Harrell attended Georgetown University – playing alongside Alonzo Mourning and under the tutelage of legendary Coach John Thompson. Harrell’s time at Georgetown garnered a Big-East Championship win and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. Harrell finished his college career at Northeastern, which led to spots on the Orlando Magic and then-New Jersey Nets rosters.
Harrell continued his career as an active street ball legend under the moniker “Prime Objective”, becoming one of the first journeymen on the exciting nontraditional basketball circuit; which includes leagues across the country that have produced some of the world’s greatest players. His time on various street ball teams, like the And 1 Mixtape Tour, has taken him throughout the world, led to notoriety that stretches all the way back to New York’s Rucker Park Tournaments, and garnered partnerships with Under Armour, Boost Mobile, Mountain Dew and Black Label.
Today, Harrell is embedded in his community and uses his basketball fame and connections to give back to inner city youth and charities around the world. His strong belief in making a difference in children’s lives led him to creating the Team Prime Basketball Organization, which includes League of Girls Hoops, Washington’s only all-girl youth basketball league. Team Prime also provides private and group basketball and skills training to young players, ages 4 – 18.
Played with or against: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’ Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Sam Cassel, Walt Williams, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Ray Allen, Rafer Alston, Derek Anderson, Dwayne Wade, Shandon Anderson, Rasheed Wallace, Darrell Armstrong, Penny Hardaway, Ron Artest, Jamal Crawford, Ricky Davis, Steve Francis, Richard Jefferson, Stephon Marbury, Shawn Marion, Dikembe Mutombo, Jermaine O’Neal, Chris Webber, Mitch Richmond & many more. Lonnie’s vast experience on and off the court has made him a very knowledgeable and complete basketball player.
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