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The Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game.

Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.

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PORTER “WHAT’S GRAVITY?” MABERRY

   Porter Maberry, now officially “The Dunk King” after recently winning the $100,000 TNT Reality TV competition, feels at home at Gus Macker tournaments.

  “That’s where it all started, in Mount Pleasant in 2010, I won my first dunk contest,” said the 5-foot-5 leaper from Grand Rapids who defies gravity and seemingly reality with his 52-inch vertical rise to the rim.

  “I’ve been playing Mackers since forever. The stuff I’m doing now all over the place, back home in Mackers is where it all began.”

  Maberry, who has recently been making special appearances for the Grand Rapids Macker Tournament before heading to London for a special dunk show, was a standout player in high school at Ottawa Hills.

  “I started and I can play the game, but I wasn’t dunking then” he said. “I could hit the backboard with my hand as a freshman when I was like 5-2, and could grab the rim as a sophomore but had a hard time getting the ball and the jumping all together for a dunk.

  “That about a year after high school, after I went to Grand Rapids Community College for a year and  worked loading and unloading furniture from trucks at Steelcase,  I caught a tip dunk at the park and I had it. I could dunk. I matured. I got stronger. I don’t really know.”

  He kept on dunking, getting more creative, and developed the skills that allowed him to jump over the 7-foot-2 Shaquille O’Neal in one of his dunks for TNT.

  First, however he was talked about by Macker crowds. In South Haven in 2012 video of him hit the internet and ESPN among others called. A video was put together by a national company of him doing several dunks in various places, including Macker contests, and it had one million hits in one night. Then along came a LeBron James commercial for Samsung phones. LeBron, in the commercial, spies a video on his phone of Maberry rising for a spectacular dunk. He is impressed and vows to send the YouTube video out. That same video has been viewed by millions.

  “The recognition from that was amazing,” Porter said. “Like now, since I won the Dunk King, it has been crazy, all kinds of people hitting me up, but great, too.”

  Last year at Ludington he went over a guy on a motorcycle holding the ball above his head. He floated. He finished. It was vintage Parker for the dunk. Video of that went viral as well.

  “I feel blessed because I’ve been able to turn dunking into a career,” said the 26-year-old father of a five-month-old daughter (Khali) and a five-year-old daughter (Destinee) who is engaged to Mary Kievit.

  “It’s crazy that I’m getting to do something I love, basketball. Gus Macker and everybody supported me from the start, gave me competitions and now I can do this to provide for my family. I really appreciate those people who were there when it all started.”

  Scott McNeal, a.k.a. Gus Macker, said Porter has been amazing and a Macker favorite since he first dunked in the contests that are part of virtually every Macker tournament.

  “He’s pretty short, and he just floats up and his dunks seem incredible,” he said. “On top of that, he’s a great guy who has really worked to be great at dunking. We really like having him around Mackers because he causes so much excitement and treats everybody so well. He’s become a Macker legend and we love it when a nice guy makes it big.”

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Craig “Skinny Mulligan” Anderson

Dominant Driveway Player

Cla Avery

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Bad Boyz, In Your Face

Cedric Wynn, Artese Simmons, Ernest Walker, Mike Hidden, Mike Ayers, Lester Hubbard

Russ Bartz

Parini’s Pasta Palace

Bob Becker

Putting Gus in the Headlines

1987 Belding City Council and City Manager

Will Youngs, Ed Jenkins, Val Whitkey, Dan Blunt, Ron Hughes, John Nienela

Shawn Biggs

Macker’s Quiet Stat-Man

Dick, Nola, and Lane Bryan

The First Family

Bill Buckey

Ultimate Macker Hoops Junkie!

Laurie Byrd

Queen of The Macker

Chippewa Pride

Val Bracey, Tim Bracey, Leon Guydon, Coach Tom Crean

Judge Connors and his Ann Arbor Squad

The Judge and His Court Jesters

Steve “Baby Dawk” Doyle and Geoff “Stormy” Stormzand

Original Macker Advisory Council

Dream Kids

Gus Macker’s Youngest Stars

Sharon and Gary Eickhoff

Original Neighborhood Volunteers

Miss Elizabeth’s Fan Club

Jerry Fike, Richard Paff, Ralph Mora, Bernard Balaney

Frankovich Family

The Frankies

Rodney Glassnor

“For The Love of the Game”

Orloe and Mary Ann Gwatkin

The original Macker neighbors

Chris “The Artist” Hankinson

Bringing the Macker Man to Life

Ned Henley and Dave VanKeulen

Ned and His Neighbor

Kipp Jones and Kita Jones

Tom Men’s Division

Jumpin’ Jack Kelly

Dunk Legend

Joe “Smoothie” Killinger, Art Maui Legend Finger

The Original Gus Busters

The Flying Knueppel Brothers

Klint, Kon, Kole and Klay – Akrobatic Kings of the Kourt

Tom LaMonde

The Georgia Gunner

Mike Lavery

Quincy Macker’s Founding Father

Steve “Preacher” Lee

Louie’s Records

Marvin Stevens, Karl Newman, Hank Cornley, Derek Fields

Gary Love

The Defender of Human Rights

T.O. “World” Mattern

Macker Fanatic

Melvin McLaughlin

Sugar

Dick and Bonnie McNeal

Mom and Dad Macker

Coach Parfitt

Coach Dick Parfitt of Central Michigan University

Ron “Huckleberry” Parker, Bill “Manute” Saunders

King Ding Ding and Captain Crunch

The Root Brothers

A Family Tradition

Rick Thomson

Nickname Originator

Carlton Valentine

The Big Fella with the Big Heart

Don Warsaw

Senior Player

West Michigan All-Stars

Bob Mitchell, Steve Harvey, Todd Hennink, Tim Muller, Steve Honderd, Brad Holwerda, Shawn O’Mara

Betsy Wiersma and Don Zulauf

Local Tournament Organizers

Zach Williams

The Happy Macker Hoopster

Alex Wolff

Sports Illustrated Writer, Player

Larry Wray

Godfather of Macker in Ohio

Tom Crean

From the Macker Driveway to Indiana University

Ernie Cryer

No. 1 in our Hearts, The Entertainer

Gus Ganakas

Put the “Gus” in Macker

Don “The Bracketologist” Stabenow, Dean “Mr. Happy” Wallin

The Gusbuster Originators

Warren Reynolds

Grand Rapids Sportscaster Legend

Our Staff

Scott McNeal

Owner

Patty Donovan

V.P. of Marketing and Community Affairs

Mike Fuller

V.P. of Operations and Sales

Kristy Riches

Accounting Manager

Noah Williams

Director of Community Relations

Mallory Kunkel

Social Media Manager

Rebekah Fletcher

Customer Relations Manager

About Gus Macker

The Original Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Michigan.

About Gus Macker

The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game. Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.

Teams are computer-matched into male and female divisions within one of the following categories: Junior, Adult, or Top. The age, height and experience of all four (4) players are considered. Teams receive at least three (3) scheduled games each tournament. The Macker is a double elimination tournament with a consolation bracket: the “Toilet Bowl” for teams losing their first two games. A GusBuster maintains law and order on each court and calls all fouls and violations in the Junior Divisions.

The History of Gus Macker

The Original Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Michigan. It started with 18 friends playing competitively for $18.

The tournament continued to grow and in 1987 moved from Lowell to Belding and took to the road because of a tremendous demand from communities outside of the home base.

The “Gus Macker All- World Tour” was greeted with enthusiasm and spectacular news coverage in every area. Over 10,400 players participated in five cities in that first year. Since 1987, the Macker Tournaments has expanded, holding both indoor and outdoor tournament in over 75 cities and with over 200,000 players and 1.7 million spectators enjoying 3-on-3 competition and family fun each year.

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