ABOUT THE HOSTS
Rod Watson –
@RodWatson23 native Houstonian former host and radio personality of ESPN 1700 AM Wealth Builder’s, and now host of Ballerz World Live. As a former college and retired international basketball player and college coach, Rod brings a wealth of knowledge and content to his listeners, viewers, and today’s basketball junkies.
Rod’s passion for basketball and developing relationships with some the industries elite has landed him the position as Director of the Sports & Talent Division at Teles Properties Beverly Hills, a luxury real estate agency focused on providing five star VIP real estate and relocation services to NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, MMA, UFC, NCAA, celebrities, and all related professionals in the entertainment industry. So it’s no wonder Rod has chosen a career at ESPN 1700 AM debating, comparing, and discussing some the hottest topics around basketball with the games biggest and brightest stars in the industry.
Alexis Williams –
Florida native, Alexis Williams is a freelance sports journalist who is currently based in Los Angeles, Ca. She has been on air talent for a variety of sports including NCAA football, Mens/Womens Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball and Gymnastics.
Alexis has covered a variety of division one (D1) sports for ESPN3 over the past several years. Alexis has been able to work with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the Pac12 and Big10 football media days, and March Madness over the years.
In her spare time, Alexis enjoys competing in Olympic Weight Lifting, volunteering for several organizations including NEDA, Special Olympics, and the Tim Tebow Foundation, and cheering on her Florida Gators. In addition, she stays busy as a contributor to several sports blogs and her own social media focusing on the world of sports and entertainment.
Alexis counts Samantha Ponder and Laura Okmin as a source of inspiration for her and her career in sports journalism.
James Shipp –
A true lover of basketball. James has played for a variety of programs from high school, junior college, college and ultimately professionally, which have given him a unique perspective of the game.
Plagued with knee injuries, James never let adversity stop his dream to become a professional basketball player, even when his body refused to cooperate. After a second devastating knee injury, James let go of his dream of playing in the NBA and began a career as an executive in the fitness industry.
Specializing in branding and marketing he quickly rose to become one of the youngest general managers of the largest fitness company in California.
In 2011, James formed his own consulting company aptly named ShippShape Consulting, LLC (SSC). SSC builds and develops brands through creativity and innovation and helps brings them to market. With the motto “Measure Twice & Cut Once,” James prides himself on his planning and production abilities.
In addition to his marketing skills, James was approached by an agent from ICM to audition as a voice over talent. James’ energetic, yet reserved and intelligent demeanor helped him book audition after audition. Eventually, his agents convinced him to expand to be in front of the camera in print and television commercials.
James’ professionalism and dedication has allowed him to repeatedly work with brands such as Apple, Volkswagen, Revlon, SKLZ, Chase and many more including Under Armor where he became the body double and stunt choreographer for the NBA’s leading athlete, Stephen Curry.
James developed a basketball app called “Swish360” which joined forces with BallerzWorld in 2016. James currently is leading the marketing programs for BallerzWorld throughout CA and the USA including the ESPN Radio Show.
_________________________________________________About Ballerz World
Ballerz World is the single largest marketplace that is dedicated to all things basketball. Our worldwide market of 500 million ballerz, and 30 million in the US, can connect and play basketball with one another using our geo-location technology, and our 12,000 pre-loaded courts worldwide. We have successfully aggregated the top basketball content on the web, based on fan engagement, allowing our users to share and watch content, in addition to buying discounted basketball gear via the in-app store portal. Ballerz World will feature courts, players, leagues, training, multimedia, and e-commerce all through our digital platform. During its beta phase, the Ballerz World app received more than 10 awards, including the People’s Choice Award at the CES Mobile Apps Showdown, the Best GPS-Enabled App at the Mobile App Awards, as well as being selected by Facebook for the FbStart program, and Stubbs Alderton Preccelerator in Silicon Beach.