Former Hope Bobcat standout athlete Vincent Love has been granted the opportunity to showcase his abilities on the hardwood in China in front of several professional scouts and agents for a chance to play in the NBA G-League.
Former Hope Bobcat standout athlete Vincent Love has been granted the opportunity to showcase his abilities on the hardwood in China in front of several professional scouts and agents for a chance to play in the NBA G-League. Love was chosen as one of few Arkansas players to play overseas from the EBL, a semi-pro basketball league to play in China, for a chance to be recruited in hopes to make the G-League for an ultimate opportunity to play in the National Basketball Association.
The NBA G- League is the National Basketball Association's official minor league basketball organization. The league was known as the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) from 2001 to 2005, and the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) from 2005 until 2017. At the conclusion of the 2013–14 NBA season, 33 percent of NBA players had spent time in the NBA D-League, up from 23 percent in 2011. As of the 2017–18 season, the league consists of 26 teams, all of which are either single-affiliated or owned by an NBA team. For the 2017–18 season, the league rebranded to become the NBA G League as part of a multi-year partnership with Gatorade.
Love was recruited to play in China by Keith Kelly, who is apart of the EBL. Love said, Kelly has recruited a select group of players from the league to play in China and he will be participating on one of three teams in a tour to perform in places such as Shishi and Shanhai, China for a week. Mason Brawley, owner of the Dallas Heat semi-pro basketball league in charge of making arrangements for Love and the selected players to play in China.
Love has been playing semi-pro basketball since May with the Conway Kings. He's played in 10 games over the summer under head coach and owner, Rickey Thomas.
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He's a 2013 graduate of Hope High School. As a standout high school athlete and basketball player for the Hope Bobcats, Love accomplished many successful accolades on the hardwood. He was a three-year lettermen, earned 5A All-State and 5A South All-Conference honors and name the Bobcat Most Outstanding Basketball Player during his senior season in 2013. Love also averaged in double-figures his senior year and posted two 30 plus point scoring games during the conference season. Love scored 33 points against White Hall and 32 points against De Queen during the 2012-13 basketball season for the Bobcats.
He played collegiate basketball at Kilgore Junior College in Kilgore, Texas, then at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock. Love also performed in a tryout at Philander Smith College under head coach and former Arkansas Razorback basketball legend and NBA player Todd Day.
Also during Love's senior season at Hope High School, he was All-Conference in football and track and field. Love was the team's Most Outstanding receiver and chosen to play in the 2013 AHSCA All-Star football game. With 27 seconds left to play on one of the grandest gridiron stages, Love made the most impressive catch of his football career to prevail the West over the East 16-13 in the all-star football game held at Estes Stadium in Conway. The former Bobcat had the game winning touchdown reception thrown by West team quarterback Lucas Reed of El Dorado, to mark one of the game's key highlights made in this years football all-star game. Love was thrown only two passes in the game, with the game winning pass caught for his lone reception of the game.
Love, currently stands 6'6'' at 195 pounds plays shooting guard and small forward. He's grown two inches since high school at 6'4''. Love said it's been a learning experience since playing collegiate basketball in Texas and Arkansas, but hopes this opportunity can help him achieve an ultimate goal to play professionally on the national stage. During the summers, Love has devoted his time to help future youngsters develop their skills as basketball in Nevada's Annual Rookie Camp at Nevada High School in Rosston. Love has participated with this camp for many summers to assist Nevada basketball head coach Bobby Mullins, the director of the camp. Love enjoys helping the kids learn fundamentals each year he's able to help and coach Mullins appreciates the support of knowledge and talent that he's able to give for the youth basketball camp.
According to Love, he was scheduled to leave for China on Friday, Sept. 22.