YouTube has greenlit a new docuseries about a group of students learning about the game of life through basketball.
The eight-episode series Best Shot features former NBA point guard Jay Williams playing mentor to the high schoolers, with LeBron James serving as an executive producer.
Williams will act as the young players’ mentor in the series, giving viewers an unfiltered look at the challenges high school students encounter each day.
A SpringHill Entertainment and Boardwalk Pictures production in association with Blue Ribbon Content, Best Shot will air on YouTube Red in 2018.
“We’re passionate about this story because it’s about real high school students encountering real life challenges. All they need is that little push in the right direction, and with a relatable mentor like Jay Williams guiding them, they’ve got a very real opportunity to change their lives forever,” said Maverick Carter, CEO of SpringHill Entertainment. “This series is inspiring, it’s moving, and it’s real. It’s everything SpringHill Entertainment is all about.”
Best Shot will be executive produced by SpringHill Entertainment’s James and Carter, as well as Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard and Jordan Wynn from Boardwalk Pictures. Michael Warren will direct the series and serve as an executive producer.
“Sports is the perfect backdrop to tell genuine, compelling and uplifting stories,” said Peter Girardi, EVP, Blue Ribbon Content and EVP, alternative programming, Warner Bros. Animation, in a statement. “We are excited to partner with SpringHill Entertainment, Jay Williams, YouTube Red and Boardwalk Pictures to bring the audience along for the journey of these remarkable athletes and their pursuit of excellence, both on and off the court.”