College hoopers looking for a place to showcase their skills this summer just got some great news … The Game, Dom Kennedy and a host of other hip hop stars are helping to start a new basketball league in L.A.!!
The program is called the Real Run College Basketball Summer League — and it’s all slated to begin on June 17 … and run until August 13.
It’ll feature both women’s and men’s basketball players … and ex-NBA player Pooh Jeter, who’s partnering up with Real Run founder Deanthony Langston, tells TMZ Sports he’s hoping it’ll change countless lives.
Jeter explained … the league will not only offer high-level games for college players, but rappers like Game, Dom Kennedy, BlueBucks Clan and G PERICO will all be in charge of teams — and will help provide athletes a bridge from sports to musical culture in addition to on-court competition.
“A lot of the rappers was like, ‘This is something amazing,'” said Jeter, an L.A. native who played for the Sacramento Kings in 2010. “‘This is something we can change the game with.'”
Jeter says college basketball stars like Boogie Ellis and JuJu Watkins have already planned to play … and he’s hoping it will all eventually inspire other musicians to join in too.
“I would love for Diddy and Snoop or whoever!” Jeter said. “If you from L.A., show up, and let’s do something amazing for our community.”
In addition to it all, Jeter — who also owns an L.A. sneaker store called Laced — said participants in the league can also take part in a nine-week virtual learning program with NBA execs and others that will help them learn about mental health, finance, media, fashion, music, real estate, marketing and more.