Local AZ baller is America's Next Best Streetball Player

Stuart Franklin

Gary "G" Smith won the MVP of Ball Up Streetball's reality series on Fox Sports Network, and his first game with the team was a win against the AND1 Live squad.

Phoenix-based streetballer Gary "G" Smith was the winner of Fox Sports Network's reality series "Ball Up Streetball," and after the Oct. 14 finale which announced his win, Smith is already part of a historic victory.

His win on the reality show gave him a multi-year contract and a roster spot on Ball Up's streetball team, and Smith's first official game with Ball Up was a 69-45 victory against AND1 Live in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"Being a part of the Ball Up family is a dream come true and I am humbled and thankful to receive this honor," Smith said in a press release. "I grew up playing streetball and it's a welcome return to my roots while taking my game to the next level."

A 6'6 baller who played at Glendale's Independence High School, Smith tried out for the Ball Up team after competing in the Sprite Uncontainable Dunk Tour this year. Smith was also the runner up at the Red Bull King of the Rock one-on-one tournament in 2010, and took a second-place finish in the Sprite Slum Dunk Showdown.

The 23-year-old played collegiately at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn., and then at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz.

Smith has also played in semi-professional leagues in Indiana and California, and he has participated in a number of NBA D-League camps.

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