On Saturday afternoon at Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego hopefuls took to the courts to battle it out in the Red Bull King of the Rock San Diego qualifier.
Red Bull King of the Rock is a six qualifier one-on-one basketball tournament that will culminate with a showdown in The Yard of Alcatraz, hosted by basketball superstar Rajon Rondo. The top eight players at the San Diego event each earned a spot as one of the 64 finalists and a chance to be crowned King of the Rock on September 18.
Arriving to compete were players ranging in height from 5’4” to 6’10” and ages 16 to 46; San Diego’s competitors proved that height and age are really just numbers and that in the end it is raw talent that puts someone ahead in the game. The first match-up tipped off shortly after 10:00am and it was blatantly apparent that this was serious business. After several hours of physical and aggressive one-on-one basketball, the San Diego qualifier came down to an intensely competitive final game between Josh Snow and Dontae Burnett. In the end it was Snow, Administrator for Rancho Family Medical Group in Temecula, described as “deadly from the outside,” who beat San Diego’s Burnett. Snow will receive an all expenses paid trip to San Francisco to compete in the final on Alcatraz.
“I’ve always wanted to visit Alcatraz,” said Snow. “And, man, what a way to go,” he continued with a smile.
San Diego Finalists:
1. Josh Snow (Temecula)
2. Dontae Burnett (San Diego)
3. Ervin “Boogie” Estes (Santa Clarita)
4. David Reeder (San Diego)
5. Cooper Wadell (La Jolla)
6. Jason Steffen (San Diego)
7. Brandon Mitchell (San Diego)
8. Jonathan Scheiman (New York City)
The finals will be the first official sporting event ever held on Alcatraz, and the first time basketball has been played there since the inmates left the island over 50 years ago. Sixty-four contestants will emerge from the six qualifiers and make their way to Alcatraz for the final showdown on September 18. Those wanting to reach the hallowed grounds of Alcatraz must earn their spot through one of four remaining qualifier tournaments taking place in Phoenix, (July 31), Seattle (August 7), San Francisco (August 28) and Oakland (September 11). Sixty-four finalists will emerge from these six qualifiers and meet at one of the world’s most iconic locations for the final battle. In the end, there can be only one King, so out of the 64 finalists, only one will be crowned “King of the Rock.”
Red Bull King of the Rock is open to all ages, amateur and pro alike. Registration will take place on-site for each of the six qualifiers and will take the form of a 64-person bracket competition. Only the first 64 players to register will be accepted into each qualifier, so early arrival is encouraged. Players interested in competing should visit www.redbullusa.com/kingoftherock for more information.