The world became familiar with a young man from Brooklyn’s Lincoln High School named Jesus Shuttlesworth. That role was played by Ray Allen , then a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Shuttlesworth was named after ‘Baby Jesus’ from from Southwest Philadelphia’s John Bartram High School.
Jesus Shuttlesworth is a fictional character from the Spike Lee Directed movie He Got Game. In the movie, the damaged, conflicted, and real -life NBA star Ray Allen portrays the responsible role of Jesus Shuttlesworth .
On May 1, 1998, the world met Jesus Shuttlesworth, the fictional phenom from Coney Island’s Lincoln High, portrayed on screen by Ray Allen, then a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Spoiler alert: In the end, like Marbury, Jesus picks college over the NBA.
He is released on parole, but with one condition – he must persuade his son, genius basketball player Jesus to sign with the governor’s alma mater university , Big State. And Jake only has a week to do it. How did Martha Shuttlesworth die?
Kobe Bryant Declined Jesus Shuttlesworth Role Before It Was Given to Ray Allen. That summer Spike Lee begins filming He Got Game , a movie with Denzel Washington about a basketball prodigy named Jesus Shuttlesworth. “I want you to be part of it,” Lee tells Bryant. “Thank you but no thank you,” Bryant says.
The film begins one week before Jesus must decide where he will play college ball. Denzel Washington plays Jesus’s father, Jake , who is currently serving time in prison for murdering Jesus’s mother. Jake accepts and is given one week of freedom to get the job done.
Who’s Got Game ? was a short-lived, 10-episode only streetballing-theme reality competition series featuring twelve of the most toughest street ballers in America against each other for an authentic urban competition.
He Got Game ( 1998 ) on Netflix .
If all you know about Denzel Washington’s basketball skills comes from the extended one-on-one scene with Ray Allen in the 1998 film “He Got Game,” read on. Turns out that, back in 1973, Washington was a good athlete, completing his sophomore year at Fordham in the Bronx.
Allen attended the University of Connecticut from 1993 to 1996 after being recruited by assistant coach Karl Hobbs. While at UConn , he was named USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1995. In 1995–96, his final college season, Allen was a first-team All-American and won the Big East Player of the Year award.
Ray Allen, the player for whom Stephon was traded on Draft Day, ended up playing the lead role in Spike Lee’s ” He Got Game “—a story loosely based on Stephon’s rise from the Brooklyn projects.
He Got Game is a 1998 American sports drama film written, produced and directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington. The film revolves around Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington), father of the top-ranked basketball prospect in the country, Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen).