Raycom Sports Announced New Syndicated Special
"A Cut Above: The Legacy of New York City Basketball and the ACC"
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Emmy Award-winning Raycom Sports has announced a new television show to air beginning the last weekend in February, "A Cut Above: The Legacy of New York City Basketball and the ACC". The New York Life ACC Tournament has a deep and storied history, as does New York City basketball. With the Tournament being played in New York for the first time, "A Cut Above" retraces the roots of these two pillars of basketball. Acclaimed actor Omar Epps will narrate the special.
Host and ACC Network talent Cory Alexander joins ACC legends Charlie Scott from North Carolina, Bobby Cremins and Kenny Anderson from Georgia Tech, and Julius Hodge from NC State at Levels Barbershop in Harlem to talk about the foundations of basketball in New York on the playgrounds and local streetball greats that influenced future generations.
Visit Harlem’s iconic Rucker Park in Harlem with Scott and New York streetball legend Joe Hammond as they recount competing there against the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving and Nate Archibald.
Learn how former North Carolina coach Frank McGuire began the "subway system" for New York basketball talent to Chapel Hill and thus the start of the NYC-ACC connection. As well as hear how Lennie Rosenbluth and Joe Quigg went from New York to Chapel Hill to lead the Tar Heels to the 1957 National Championship.
Head home with Cremins and tour the playground across from his childhood home as he recounts learning the game while growing up in the Bronx. Then travel with Alexander and Anderson to LeFrak City in Queens, where Anderson talks growing into a four-time high school All-City and Parade All-American selection.
Hodge returns to Bill Robinson Park in Harlem as he recounts the impact of playing there had on him, before taking in a game at his old high school. Then the entire group returns to Levels to talk about their favorite basketball memories from New York and the ACC.
All culminating to lead fans into the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center from March 7-11.
The show will air in over 100 markets through syndication from February 25th until March 6th. In addition, "A Cut Above" will air on ESPNU on Feb. 27th at Noon, Feb. 28th at 6:00 p.m., March 1 at 9:00 a.m. and March 2nd at 3:00 p.m.
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