It’s time to hone that up-and-under, fine-tune that step-back J and perfect that behind-the-back pass off the backboard to yourself because the most prestigious one-on-one tournament in the world is back.
Red Bull King of the Rock returns in 2012 for its third season and qualifying rounds have already begun in 27 countries -- including 33 regions in the United States -- to find the top 64 players to vie for the top honor at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco on September 22, 2012.
Last year, Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones, of Washington, D.C., took the title of Red Bull King of the Rock in a tight contest hosted by Boston Celtics’ All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.
This year, competition is fiercer than ever. If you think you’ve got what it takes, visit the Red Bull King of the Rock site for more information.
Red Bull King of the Rock is open to amateurs and pros alike; however, players must be 16 or older to participate. Registration is first come, first served at each qualifier, so players should arrive early to battle for one of the coveted 64 spots.
Two of those spots have already been claimed by past champions Jones and Izeah “Clutch” Bowman (2010). The remaining finalists will not only include the top players from the 24 international and 33 U.S. qualifiers, but also the five top runners-up from the U.S.
The qualifiers and finals at Alcatraz will incorporate a regular one-on-one basketball set-up where players go head-to-head on an outdoor court using a single-elimination tournament bracket.
There are only two options: win and continue, or lose and go home.
To see how last year’s final went down, tune into CBS on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. EST for the full recap.
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- Get more info at the Red Bull King of the Rock site
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