MARCUS LEWIS SIGNS WITH IPZ

NCAA Dunk Contest Champion Chooses IPZ for Representation

WARREN, NJ, July 21, 2017 – Marcus Lewis, an NCAA Slam Dunk Contest Champion and current professional basketball player, has chosen to be represented by InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

Lewis is a 6-foot-4 guard who hails from Streamwood, IL, and finished out his collegiate career with the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. As a junior for the Colonels in 2013, Lewis landed on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top-10 coming in at #3 following a dunk that won the hearts of sports fans across the SportsNation. This same dunk was a finalist for Geico Play of the Year.

The following season, Lewis found more success, as he not only led his team to an OVC Championship title and an NCAA Tournament appearance, but after winning the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker Contest on Facebook, Lewis earned a spot in the Denny’s College Slam Dunk Contest in April 2014. Lewis put his leaping abilities on display as he went on to win the NCAA Slam Dunk Contest and took home the champion’s belt.

Two months later, the Harlem Globetrotters selected Lewis as their first overall pick in their eighth annual player draft. Lewis spent some time with the Fort Wayne Ants of the NBA D-League in the fall of 2014.

In 2015, Lewis became a member of the Niagara River Lions in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) and averaged 9.9 points per game. Lewis stayed with the River Lions for the 2016-2017 season and posted a stat line of 13.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per contest, while connecting on 39.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

“I chose IPZ because of the great reputation they have,” said Lewis. “Not only that, but in life I try to surround myself with high character people, and with IPZ I was able to find both; it seemed like a great fit for me. Coming off of my best year yet as a pro, I’m looking forward to IPZ not only helping me grow, but also growing with me.”

“Marcus is one of those players that you can’t take your eyes off of,” said Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “His athleticism and ability to jump out of the gym is quite the spectacle. Marcus is a proven professional and has been wonderful to work with. We look forward to watching him continue to grow and succeed.”

View Marcus Lewis’ highlights from the 2016-2017 season here.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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IPZ Board Member Bob Hurley Wins ESPY for Best Coach

Bob Hurley, former St. Anthony basketball coach, honored at ESPY Awards

He isn’t coaching hoops anymore, but the accolades keep on coming for Bob Hurley.

The former head of the storied boys basketball program at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, which closed earlier this year, won the Best Coach Award at the ESPYs Wednesday night.

Hurley, one of two Basketball Hall of Famers who only coached at the high school level, went 1,162-119 and won 28 state titles to go along with four national championships in his 45 seasons running the show at St. Anthony’s.

“It’s really a great honor to be here tonight,” Hurley said during in his acceptance speech. “Getting this award alongside all these iconic coaches, but even more specifically it’s a great honor to be representing all these great coaches.”

He then thanked his family, including his sons, URI head coach Dan Hurley and Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley, who were in attendance, for making what he has always referred to as “the miracle” of St. Anthony’s possible.

“It’s a great honor to be representing all these coaches in the high school ranks,” Bob Hurley said. “Because every athlete that has come up on this stage tonight, no matter what sport they play, each one of them had a coach in high school, junior college, or maybe even before who played a critical role in their development as an athlete and it’s the whole person part that I have always taken a lot of pride in.”

View the original article by Nicholas Parco at the NY Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/video-bob-hurley-st-anthony-basketball-coach-honored-espys-article-1.3322143

Philly Voice: Union’s Jack Elliott quietly playing himself into Rookie of the Year conversation

When Montreal and Real Salt Lake passed in the third round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, the Union kept looking for that late-round gem.

They found it with the 77th overall pick, a 6’5″ center back and defensive midfielder from West Virginia University that no one had really heard of.

Jack Elliott was the last of the five Union draft picks to sign a professional contract, but he inked his deal with the senior team and not Bethlehem Steel, where we all thought the 21-year-old London native might start his professional career.

That wasn’t the case, and Elliott quickly found himself higher up the depth chart than anyone had imagined, jumping Ken Tribbett as fourth in line with Oguchi Onyewu already stepping in for the injured Josh Yaro.

If a starter went down, Elliott was the next man up, and that’s exactly what happened on April 1st when Richie Marquez came out at halftime in the 2-1 loss at D.C. United.

Elliott went back to the bench for one game only, then got a chance to start on April 14th and hasn’t relinquished his position since, playing 13 straight games since claiming the RCB job.

The Union now have six wins, four losses, and three draws in Elliott’s 13 starts, conceding 12 goals and scoring 20 for a +8 goal differential. He’s contributed to six clean sheets and hasn’t been carded in nine straight games, forming an unlikely but incredibly successful partnership with a 35-year-old veteran.

Read the full story here: http://www.phillyvoice.com/unions-jack-elliott-quietly-playing-himself-into-rookie-of-the-year-conversation/

RUTH SHERRILL JOINS THE IPZ FAMILY

Temple Forward Chooses IPZ for Representation

WARREN, NJ, July 3, 2017 – Ruth Sherrill, a staple in the Temple University Owls’ starting lineup for the 2016-2017 season, has signed with IPZ, the company announced today.

The six-foot Alexandria, VA native launched her collegiate career at Hofstra University. She played two seasons with the Pride and in her sophomore campaign, the forward averaged 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Sherrill transferred to Temple University and made her debut with the Owls in 2015. As a senior in the 2016-2017 season, Sherrill led Temple to a 24-8 record and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2010-2011 season. On nine separate occasions, Sherrill secured double-digit rebounds; her finest performance coming against Houston on January 18 when she brought down a career-high 19 boards. She finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest.

“I have dreamed about becoming a professional basketball player since I was a young girl,” said Sherrill. One of the most important decisions you make as a professional athlete is choosing your representation. I chose IPZ because I wanted an agency that was knowledgeable, trustworthy, experienced and accessible.  I immediately felt they were committed to my goals as a player. I can’t wait to begin this new and exciting journey with them by my side!”

“Ruth is the type of player that will excel in whatever role she is given,” said Shawn Farmer, IPZ’s managing director of basketball. “You need her to score? Consider it done. You need her to grab 10-plus rebounds? No problem. She’s the epitome of a team player.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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The Ringer: Bob Hurley

St. Anthony’s Unanswered Prayer

Over 45 years, Bob Hurley turned his Jersey City basketball program into an unlikely national power. Now, after 28 state titles and decades of staving off closure, St. Anthony is shutting its doors, and the Friars family is trying to cope with running out of miracles.

A few minutes before 7 on a warm May night in Jersey City, New Jersey, the first of 200 or so guests arrive for what one event organizer calls “the final celebration of life” for the fabled St. Anthony High School basketball team. They climb up the brownstone steps to White Eagle Hall, the old gym about a mile from the school itself, where head coach Bob Hurley’s Friars, who never had a home gym of their own, practiced for the better part of three decades until 2003. As the attendees pull open the mahogany doors and walk into the main hall, they mostly gasp. They remember White Eagle as a dingy, cramped gym, but a $6 million renovation that began in 2012 and concluded this spring has produced an ornate concert venue. During the renovation, a crew wiping away grime on the ceiling discovered two handcrafted, stained-glass murals, and they ripped up the basketball court and refashioned it as bar counters and balcony flooring. Now, the onstage guitarist, sensitive to the occasion, plays only slow, acoustic jazz and blues.

“Well,” a woman says to her friends as they enter the hall, “they turned the temple of basketball into a whorehouse.”

Hurley, red-faced and beaming, hovers near the entrance and greets seemingly all of the former players, parents, boosters, and fans attending the program’s last supper with a deep-throated, “Look what the cat dragged in,” or, “Good to see you,” and a clap on the back or a hug. “We have so many memories in this place,” the Hall of Famer Hurley exclaims when a longtime St. Anthony booster hands him a wooden-framed, black-and-white photo of a former Friars team.

Read the full story here: https://theringer.com/2017-basketball-st-anthony-high-school-closing-bob-hurley-legacy-3bdea1a5f0

MIAH SPENCER SIGNS WITH TOP TEAM IN POLAND

IPZ Athlete Will Play for AZS AJP Gorzów

WARREN, NJ, June 19, 2017 Miah Spencer has signed a professional contract with AZS AJP Gorzów (Basket Liga Kobiet – the highest-tier league in Poland) for the 2017-2018 season.

“Playing professional basketball is something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Spencer. “I’m just thankful for those who have helped me get to this point in my career. This is a great opportunity and a new start to my career. I’m excited.”

Spencer – a First Team All-ACC selection – averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game for the North Carolina State Wolfpack this past season.

“It’s always amazing seeing an athlete’s hard work pay off and Miah is no exception,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “She is such a talented player and we are excited to see her compete for a top-tier program like Gorzów.”

View Eurobasket’s announcement of Spencer’s signing here.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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ALEXUS COOPER INKS FIRST PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT

IPZ Athlete Signs with CS B Teleorman Alexandria

WARREN, NJ, June 15, 2017Alexus Cooper has signed a professional contract with CS B Teleorman Alexandria (Romania-Liga Nationala) for the 2017-2018 season.

“It’s truly a blessing to have signed my first professional contract,” said Cooper, who competed collegiately at Eastern Kentucky University. “IPZ has made the process enjoyable. I am eager to begin my professional career in Romania and am grateful for the opportunity.”

In her senior year with the Colonels, Cooper averaged 12.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 36.2 percent from three-point territory.

“We – at IPZ – are thrilled for Alexus,” said Shawn Farmer, IPZ’s managing director of basketball. “She’s an amazing player and person; she has worked so hard for this moment and I can’t wait to see what she will accomplish in Romania.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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TED KAPITA CHOOSES IPZ

NC State Forward Signs with InterperformancesUSA

WARREN, NJ, June 1, 2017 – Ted Kapita, a North Carolina State University big man who was a freshman in the 2016-2017 season, has chosen to be represented by InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

A native of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 6-foot-8 forward is an early entrant in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 20-year-old put his scoring and rebounding abilities on display in the Wolfpack’s winning effort against Duke on January 23, 2017. Kapita posted a double-double against the Blue Devils putting up 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes on the floor.

Kapita appeared in 26 games and averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per contest for NC State. The freshman shot 60.8 percent from the field to go along with an 82.1 percent success rating from the stripe. Additionally, Kapita pulled down more than 10 percent of the available offensive boards while on the court.

“I signed with IPZ because they make it all about the player; the player comes first,” said Kapita. “They have already made me feel so comfortable. I can’t wait to begin my professional career knowing that IPZ has my back.”

“Ted is not only a tough kid, but he’s also an extremely hard worker,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “Throughout his freshman year, there were flashes of brilliance – especially his performance against Duke – and that’s the type of player Ted is. He takes the utmost pride in bettering his game.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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USA Volleyball Launches New Marketing Effort

Zito Partners and InterperformancesUSA to Provide Support

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, and WARREN, NJ, June 1, 2017 – USA Volleyball (USAV), the recognized National Governing Body for volleyball by both the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), has retained Zito Partners and InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) to assist in its branding and marketing efforts.

USA Volleyball’s mission is to lead, serve and grow all areas of the sport of volleyball from grassroots participation to international competitive excellence. USAV consistently produces world-class athletes that comprise the USA teams competing in the Olympics, Paralympics, and FIVB World events. Both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Indoor National Teams are currently ranked #2 in the world.

In the 2016 Olympic Games hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, three of the U.S. teams medaled: Men’s Indoor, Women’s Indoor, and Women’s Beach each earned the bronze. The U.S. Women’s Sitting National Team captured its first Paralympic gold medal in Rio. Since 1984, the USA is the only nation to have medaled in every Olympic Games.

In addition to its winning history, USAV is the only volleyball institution that is certified by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. This allows its athletes of all ages and skill levels to be assured of a culture of safety and support through awareness, education and training programs.

“We, at USAV, are very excited to be partnering with Zito Partners and InterperformancesUSA for our branding and marketing efforts,” said Jamie Davis, CEO of USA Volleyball. “As the number one high school team participatory sport for girls and the fastest growing NCAA varsity sport, volleyball’s scale is misunderstood. I am convinced that by working with Bob Zito and his team, we will be able to effectively grow the awareness and excitement of this amazing sport as we groom our Olympians for years to come.”

“USAV is an amazing organization with a phenomenal product and some of the most skilled athletes in the world,” said Robert Zito, Founder of Zito Partners and Managing Partner of InterperformancesUSA. “We are both honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with Jamie and his team to help build this brand and develop lasting, meaningful corporate partnerships for the organization.”

About USA Volleyball: Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the disciplines of beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and sitting volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball has over 325,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $31 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs for beach, indoor and sitting volleyball; youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education, certification programs and grassroots development across all disciplines. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, four Paralympic medals since 2004 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game. For more information on USA Volleyball, visit usavolleyball.org.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

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Jack Elliott Gets Some Love from Section 215

Philadelphia Union: With each clean sheet, Jack Elliott’s star rises

With the impressive performances by the Philadelphia Union of late, a star is being born in central defense.

The Philadelphia Union have kept four straight clean sheets. This is a sentence that I never expected to write when the Philadelphia Union were hemorrhaging goals at a Chivas USA rate. Credit must be given to Jim Curtin for changing the personnel along the back line and causing them to play a more compact game.

One of the biggest surprises in Curtin’s changes has been the insertion of Jack Elliott as the right center back. Occupying a role that was meant for Joshua Yaro, Elliott has stepped in looking well beyond his years.

Hailing from London, it’s a “lucky coincidence” that Elliott’s journey led to the United States. He was playing for Old Wilsonians Football Club at home when a scout for West Virginia University discovered him. Elliott took the offer playing four years for the Mountaineers making appearances in the midfield and along the backline.

His success in college led to Elliott being drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Union. While it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, Elliott impressed the coaching staff in the preseason, leading to his debut performance. When Richie Marquez couldn’t continue against DC United, Elliott stepped in and didn’t miss a beat.

View more online: https://section215.com/2017/05/19/philadelphia-union-jack-elliott/