• 16-NOV-2020

Film produced by UNINTERRUPTED in association with SLAM & RTG Features

Los Angeles, CA (November 16, 2020) It was announced today that the basketball documentary GAP YEAR, starring NBA rookie Darius Bazley, will be available for purchase and rental on December 1 via most streaming services. Trailer can be viewed here.

GAP YEAR is a modern look at the NBA’s ‘one-and-done’ rule through the lens of five-star prospect Darius Bazley, following him from high school graduation to the NBA Draft. He was a consensus five-star recruit and the top prospect in Ohio, earning McDonald’s All American honors in 2018. Bazley initially committed to Syracuse University but later chose to bypass college with intentions of joining the NBA G League, a decision that drew national attention. After signing to Klutch Sports Group, he then chose an unconventional path with their strategic guidance and got the famous “Million-Dollar Internship” with the global athletic brand, New Balance, leading up to the 2019 NBA Draft. Bazley was the first basketball athlete to join New Balance as the brand relaunched in the category. Bazley was selected in the first round, and recently finished his rookie season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The documentary includes interviews with Darius’ agent and Klutch Sports Group founder Rich Paul, ESPN’s Jay Williams and Jay Bilas, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, New Balance Global Marketing Director Patrick Cassidy, rapper Dave East and more.

The film was produced by The SpringHill Company’s UNINTERRUPTED in association with SLAM & RTG Features, with distribution from 1091 Pictures. Klutch Sports Group was an instrumental part of the development of this project. The film was directed by T.J. Regan and Josh Kahn.

Exclusive Gap Year merchandise will also be available Friday, January 29th at newbalance.com and slamgoods.com and will include the iconic Made in the USA 992 and 'Paid Internship' t-shirts, suggested retail prices are $199.99 and $30 respectively.

About The SpringHill Company:

The SpringHill Company is a global consumer and entertainment brand created to empower greatness in every individual. The SpringHill Company unites three companies built by LeBron James and Maverick Carter: UNINTERRUPTED, the athlete empowerment media and consumer product company, SpringHill Entertainment, the premium scripted and unscripted film and television production company and The Robot Company, the brand and culture consultancy. With a dynamic and diverse team committed to creating the most culturally inspired brands, entertainment and products, The SpringHill Company is built to be the defining brand for a new generation.

About SLAM & RTG Features:

For 26 years and counting, SLAM has been one of the most authentic brands in basketball storytelling. What started as a magazine in 1994 has now grown into a global lifestyle brand and multimedia property with 20 social channels, a burgeoning merchandise division and multiple franchise events annually. With over 15 million engaged followers across the globe, SLAM and its channels reach fans of the NBA, WNBA, college and high school, and the worlds of fashion, sneakers, gaming and more in a unique and trusted voice. The cover of SLAM remains the Holy Grail for basketball players; if you want to play in the NBA, you want to be on the cover of SLAM. RTG, which stands for “Respect the Game,” is a film and TV production and financing studio. With basketball storytelling as its priority, RTG focuses on original development, along with adapting articles from SLAM’s 225-plus magazine issues into both scripted and unscripted multimedia projects ranging from feature films and television to documentaries and podcasts.