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New Basketballs A ‘Slam Dunk’ Hit at Salesian High

Former CSUN Basketball coach Bobby Braswell joined Sportscaster Jim Hill and Councilmember Huizar at Salesian High on April 4 for a basketball giveaway and training session. (Courtesy Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar)

Sportscaster Jim Hill paid a special visit on April 4 to Salesian High School in Boyle Heights where he donated special basketballs and held a mini basketball clinic featuring “SlamBall” Star Anthony White.

The “Dribblepro” basketballs donated are a special training tool, developed by Basketball Legend Henry Bibby, an NBA coach and former Champion USC coach.

Dribblepro basketballs look and feel like regular basketballs but have four protrusions nodules that can change the angle of ball’s bounce. The anomalies of the Dribblopro cause players to concentrate more on handling the ball in order to better control the dribbling. Beside requiring more concentration and focus, the training ball is meant to improve hand-eye coordination, rhythm, reaction time, agility and intuition, according to a press release.

“In Southern California, I have been given a lot of opportunities to play basketball and do what I love to do,” Bibby said in a press release. “It’s important to me to give back so that other kids can have the experiences I’ve had.”

During the interactive mini clinic, Anthony White a former USC basketball stand out and a celebrated “SlambBall” player. SlamBall is a form of basketball played with four trampolines in front of a net, the game is a full contact sport.