The City Rocks have been a household name when it comes to grassroots Basketball in the Northeast. Founded by Jim Hart in 1993, the City Rocks quickly asserted themselves as one of the top teams in the area. At that time it was Jim Hart and 4 other area coaches that created the first 5 City Rocks Teams. Now 27 years later, the City Rocks field well over 25 teams that consist of over 250 different players from Upstate NY and beyond. It was no accident that the Albany City Rocks blossomed into one of the top Programs in the Country.
What is it that separates the City Rocks from everyone else? It’s a complicated formula but the end result is a lot of former players in College or in the Pro’s. Not only have many former players gone on to play at a high level but many players and former coaches have gone on to Coach at a high level as well. Notable alumni include Kevin Huerter, Jimmer Fredette, Tobias Harris, Talor Battle, and most recently New York’s All Time Leading Scorer Joe Girard III and high flying Superstar Andre Jackson. Student Athletes in the City Rocks Program all together have received over 250 Scholarships including the 58 active D1 and NBA Players that were on rosters during the 2020 season.
When it comes to getting the best players in the region, it certainly helps that the City Rocks are the only NIKE Sponsored Team in Upstate NY. But that didn’t happen overnight, Jim Hart had a vision and he surrounded himself with hard working, dedicated coaches that built the City Rocks Program into what it is today. After all these years, and even with the growth of grassroots basketball, the City Rocks are still widely considered one of the top programs in the Country.
The City Rocks have found so many ways to give back during these trying times. Although games and practices have been put to a halt, City Rocks Coaches have been working hard so all their players have the tools to continue to grow individually. Off the court the City Rocks organization has been very active within the community. Players and Coaches have found time to help provide food and other necessary items for many people in need. City Rocks Coach Jamil Hood has even opened a new Gymnasium that will provide opportunities for athletes to better themselves once it’s safe to do so.
The City Rocks have become a staple at ZG Tournaments all over the northeast. Whether it’s on the court or off the court, they continue to find ways to win and grow collectively. We can’t wait to see the orange and black back on the court! To stay up to date with everything City Rocks, make sure to follow them on Twitter @thecityrocks and on Instagram @cityrocksbasketball