Antonio Ballard

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Antonio Ballard
No. 8 – Vilpas Vikings
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
LeagueKorisliiga
Personal information
Born (1988-04-30) April 30, 1988 (age 31)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High schoolJeffersonville (Jeffersonville, Indiana)
CollegeMiami (Ohio) (2006–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
20122014Summerside / Island Storm
2014–2015Lugano Tigers
2015–2016ESSM Le Portel
2016–2017Lions de Genève
2017–2018Union Neuchâtel
2018Kymis
2018–2019Tadamon Zouk
2019–presentVilpas Vikings
Career highlights and awards

Antonio Ballard (born April 30, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Vilpas Vikings of the Korisliiga. He played with the Summerside and Island Storm from 2012 to 2014 and was named a National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) All-Star in both seasons. Ballard was also the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 game. He played college basketball at Miami University, where he represented the RedHawks.[1] Michael Stinnett, a coach, commented on him, "He is a versatile small forward who can do a little bit of it all."[2]

Early life[edit]

In his childhood, Ballard moved around cities such as Louisville, Kentucky and areas in Indiana. He said that he moved around two to three times each year. Ballard did not know his own father while growing up, and his mother introduced him when he was nine years old. He told one newspaper, the Dayton Daily News, that all of his brothers got into some kind of trouble. Brian, his older brother, was sent to prison for several years for murder during a failed robbery attempt as a teenager. Two of his other brothers, Corey and BJ, went to jail in 2010 after running away from the police with possession of a gun. Ballard's youngest brother, Ricky, had experience in jail as well. In addition, some of his cousins had been shot or killed. Antonio himself had a gun pointed in his face.[3]

The presence of gangs limited the time Ballard could practice basketball. Because many of them were his family members, he was allowed to shoot. He said, "It was rough basketball—kind of like prison ball, I guess. Fights would break out and you had to hold your own, but you couldn't take it too far or something bad would happen."[3] In Jeffersonville, Indiana, there was an old basketball rim, where gangs such as the "Money Hungry Gangsters" would park their cars. Ballard said, "I've taken the good parts of my past life—and one thing you do get from a gang is having each other's back."[3]

High school career[edit]

Ballard did not play Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball because his family did not have enough money to pay for it. He solely competed at Jeffersonville High School.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Antonio Ballard Player Profile". RealGM. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Stinnett Basketball Services". CoachStinnett.com. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Archdeacon, Tom. "Redhawks' Ballard exhibits toughness". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 31 May 2015.

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