Youth Basketball in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs of New York City, but when it comes to basketball, it is much more. There are over 2.5 million residents and if Brooklyn were still to be a city of its own, it would be the fourth most populous in the United States. Yet, Brooklyn’s one major professional sports team is the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA. The Nets moved into Brooklyn in 2012, and play their home games at Barclays Center in Prospect Heights. In 2020, the New York Liberty of the WNBA were sold to the Nets ownership (BSE Global) and moved to the Barclays Center as well.

The Barclays Center hosts three popular college basketball tournaments each year: Barclays Center Classic, Coaches vs Cancer Classic, and Legends Classic. The arena also hosts men’s basketball tournament for the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament games.

Famous basketball players from Brooklyn include: Carmelo Anthony, Billy Cunningham, Connie Hawkins, Red Holzman, Mark Jackson, Bernard King, Nancy Lieberman, Stephon Marbury, Chris Mullin and Lenny Wilkens. While the “greatest basketball player of all time” Michael Jordan grew up in North Carolina, he was born in Brooklyn!

Beyond basketball, Brooklyn has a rich sports history that includes the Brooklyn Dodgers. With the Dodgers, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. Although the team moved to Los Angeles in 1957, baseball returned to Brooklyn with the minor league’s Brooklyn Cyclones in 2001.

Fierce Basketball Alumni from Brooklyn, NY

High School Class of 2024

College Basketball in Brooklyn, NY

Colleges/Universities in Brooklyn with basketball programs:

YMCAs & Community Centers in Brooklyn, NY

Other places to play basketball in Brooklyn:

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Branch YMCA
  • Coney Island YMCA
  • Flatbush Branch YMCA
  • Greenpoint Branch YMCA
  • North Brooklyn Branch YMCA – Twelve Town Center
  • Prospect Park Branch YMCA
  • Ridgewood Branch YMCA

  • Sunset Park Recreation Center
  • Carey Gabay Recreation Center
  • McCarren Play Center
  • Williamsburg Community Center
  • Ingersoll Community Center
  • Hope Gardens Community Center
  • Red Hook Recreation Center
  • Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Community Center
  • St. John’s Recreation Center
  • New York City Housing Authority Marcus Garvey Community Center
  • Brownsville Playground
  • Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center
  • St. George Community Center
  • Carmine Carro Community Center
  • II Centro Community & Fitness Center
  • Kings Bay YM/YWHA
  • Wortman Community Center
  • Sephardic Community Center
  • Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center
  • Taylor Wythe Community Center
  • Park Slope Armory YMCA
  • Metropolitan Recreation Center
  • Reflex Recreation
  • The Post BK
  • Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community Center
  • Winthrop Beacon III Community Center
  • Boro Park YM-YWHA
  • The Berkeley Carroll Athletic Center
  • Roy Wilkins Recreation Center
  • The Salvation Army Brooklyn Bushwick Corps Community Center
  • J. Hood Wright Recreation Center

Neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY

  • Crown Heights
  • Flatbush
  • Prospect Park
  • Kensington
  • Highland Park
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • Bushwick
  • Greenpoint
  • Williamsburg
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Clinton Hill
  • Downtown Brooklyn
  • Fort Greene
  • Prospect Heights
  • Boerum Hill
  • Carroll Gardens
  • Cobble Hill
  • Gowanus
  • Park Slope
  • Red Hook
  • Bergen Beach
  • Coney Island
  • Midwood
  • Flatlands
  • Bay Ridge
  • Sunset Park