ATLANTA – The “NBA 2K League Development Camp: Women in Gaming” recently took place at the NBA 2K League Studio in New York City, with AT&T serving as an official partner. This four-day camp brought together 15 of the top female NBA 2K players to compete alongside and learn from NBA 2K League players and coaches, former WNBA player Taj McWilliams-Franklin, professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Theia, and more. One of these women participating in the camp was Augusta, Ga. native, MZ_LJ (Alexandria Jennings), who was a member of Hawks Talon GC’s practice squad this past year and was on the team that won the showcase.
“Being invited to this camp allowed coaches and general managers to see that we are equally talented as our male counterparts,” said MZ_LJ. “For me, it was an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills I gained from participating on Hawks Talon’s practice squad this past year to show my abilities as an NBA 2K League prospect.”
Hawks Talon Gaming Club’s Team Manager and Head Coach Wesley Acuff was also on site at the first-ever development camp for these elite female NBA 2K players. Joining Acuff were some other notable members from the NBA 2K League community including executives from Heat Check Gaming, Pacers Gaming, Nets GC and Hornets Venom GT.
“We are proud to support all women in professional gaming,” said Acuff. “Our organization is deeply committed to the inclusive nature of the NBA 2K League, which is open to everyone who has dedication and talent.”
This offseason, 21 teams that competed in 2019 were required to protect two players who were on its roster at the end of the 2019 season from the expansion draft. Hawks Talon recently announced player protections on DAT BOY SHOTZ (Connor Rodrigues) and RANDO (Randolph Moreno).