Grayson Boucher

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The Professor
Personal information
Full name Grayson Scott Boucher
Nickname(s) The Professor
Nationality United States American
Born (1984-06-10) June 10, 1984 (age 30)
Keizer, Oregon United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Height 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)
Weight 155 pounds (70 kg)
Website TheProfessorLive.com
Sport
Sport Basketball
Event(s) Streetball
College team Chemeketa Community College
Team Ball Up Tour (2011-present)
AND1 Mixtape Tour (2003–present)
Salem Stampede (2006)
Atlanta Krunk (2007)
Turned pro 2003

Grayson "The Professor" Boucher (born June 10, 1984) is an American streetball player. He is most known for playing on the highly-stylized, international AND1 Mixtape Tour; he has also appeared in several movies. Boucher is 5'10" and weighs 155 pounds (1.78 m, 70 kg).

Boucher attended McNary High School and was a standout athlete despite not playing varsity. His varsity coach considered him too small to play which spurned Boucher to transfer to nearby Salem Academy high school. Boucher made all state honors his senior year at Salem Academy. After high school, Boucher redshirted for Chemeketa Community College. It was at Chemeketa that his basketball skills and confidence improved dramatically.

AND1 Mixtape Tour[edit]

When the AND1 Mixtape Tour stopped in Portland, Oregon, Boucher and his brother attended, as fans. But Boucher found out there was an "open run" tryout to join the tour, and earned a spot on the team.[1] By summer 2004, Boucher was featured prominently in the Tour's marketing, appearing on the main page of their web site and in various advertisements.[2] He has played in over 30 countries and has been featured in 6 seasons of “Streetball” on ESPN, 5 AND1 Mixtape DVD’s, 4 AND1 Commercials and an And1 Video Game. Boucher trains and plays every day, including during times when on tour.[3]

Ball Up Tour[edit]

After leaving AND1 in January 2011, Boucher played streetball for Ball Up. Boucher became acquainted with Ball Up's CEO, Demetrius Spencer, in late 2008. The Ball Up Tour features most of the players from the AND1 Mixtape Tour and focuses more on the on-the-court action, a departure from the AND1 tour, which featured more behind-the-scenes footage. The international tour stopped in over 10 countries along with plans for a winter tour in the U.S.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Boucher has used his status to appear in several films portraying basketball players like himself. He has appeared in the film Semi-Pro, starring Will Ferrell, as a point guard on the opposing squad in the final game of the movie and was featured in the special features section of the DVD version as well. Boucher played the lead role of Sticky in the film Ball Don't Lie based on the book of the same name. The film was completed and shown nationally at several film festivals but was never officially released.

Boucher also took on the role of Spider-Man in a YouTube web-series he created. In the series, Boucher disguised himself as the well known superhero and went to various basketball courts in the Los Angeles area to play against unsuspecting competition. The first episode garnered noticeable attention reaching 14 million views on YouTube within a week of being uploaded. It was featured on the ESPN website and gained further attention from Shaquille O'Neal who tweeted the video to his followers. The second episode featured NBA star Jamal Crawford and further plans were made to feature other known basketball players.

Boucher also launched a successful ball handling guide called Super-Human Handles, a web-based tutorial available for download online, and features all of Boucher's drills and workouts that helped make him successful.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003–2008 Streetball: The AND1 Mixtape Tour Himself TV series
2008 Semi-Pro Spirits Player #31 / Spurs Player #22 Uncredited
2010 Phenom TBA Pre-production
2011 Ball Don't Lie Sticky Lead role; theatrical release date: TBA 2011

Personal life[edit]

Boucher is a devout Christian having experienced a dramatic change in his faith with the passing of his teammate Troy "Escalade" Jackson. Jackson and Boucher were very close during their time with the AND1 Mixtape tour. Jackson took him "under his wing" and was a devout Christian himself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jordan, Jason (August 24, 2010). "The Professor schools on nicknames". ESPN RISE. 
  2. ^ Richardson, Shandel (August 15, 2004). "'THE PROFESSOR' CHANGES THE FACE OF STREETBALL; GRAYSON BOUCHER, A 5-FOOT-10, 140-POUND WHITE GUY, SHINES AS THE SPORT'S NEW STAR.". The Orlando Sentinel. 
  3. ^ "BIO". The Professor Live Official Website. 2011. 
  4. ^ Day, James (May 16, 2011). "New opportunity for 'The Professor' means school is back in session". Statesman Journal. 

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