The Metro: Dreamz Two Reality basketball game to showcase Detroit’s hoop talents

Michigan’s top student athletes will compete in the organization’s inaugural High School All-American Game this Saturday at Detroit Catholic Central High School.

Michigan's top student athletes will compete in Dreamz Two Reality's inaugural High School All-American Game on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi.

Michigan's top student athletes will compete in Dreamz Two Reality's inaugural High School All-American Game on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi.

For some, basketball is just a fun sport to play. But for others, it’s a ticket to a better future. 

Several Michigan high school athletes have already signed up to play college basketball next year. But before that time comes, a few of them will get the chance to play against each other. 

Dreamz Two Reality, an independent recruiting platform for student athletes in Michigan, will host its first All-American basketball game at 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 4, at Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi. Dreamz Two Reality owner and founder Roy Jackson joined The Metro on Thursday to discuss the game and what it could mean for the students.

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Jackson says he played basketball professionally overseas for seven years and is thinking about the next generation of hoopers. 

“I always want to give back to the kids because I know how hard it is nowadays,” Jackson said. “And I got a lot of kids hitting me up all over the Midwest. And I’m just like, let me just create a platform that had been missing for a while, that would give kids the opportunity to display their talent.”

For players, Jackson says, it can be hard to get the attention of basketball programs.

“Michigan, we got talent, and I feel like it needs to be displayed,” he said. “We got 14 Division One Signees that didn’t make it to the Jordan Brand [Classic] or the McDonald’s All American, but they still are all Americans. And I’m like, I’m from Michigan, so let me bring this platform here. Two, three, four years from now you never know how big you might get.” 

Use the media player above to hear the full interview with Dreamz Two Reality Basketball owner and founder Roy Jackson.

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