The Playaz Basketball Club
The Playaz Basketball Club (PBC) has been in existence
since 1997. The team originated from the Paterson AAU Team (A.K.A. the Pat Cats) that was formed in 1993.
Many notable players locally and nationally have played in this program. NBA stars Tim Thomas, Vince Carter,
Kobe Bryant, Eddie Griffin, Brevin Knight, DaJuan Wagner,Dahntay Jones and J.R. Smith have all been either Pat
Cats or PLAYAZ.
What began as one team has now grown into the 17 year-old Playaz 'Gold' team, the 16 year-old
Playaz 'Red' Team, the 15 year-old Playaz 'Black' team and our 14 year old 'White' team. Our team colors are "Gold","Red","Black"and"White".
In the spring of 2005 the PBC reinstated on the sponsorship of 3 elementary school aged brackets: 12u, 13u
and 14u. These teams have added to our premise of being a PROGRAM rather than a team. We also sponsor "TEAM PATERSON",
which is one of our elementary school allstar teams. Now, in the winter of 2012 we are re-instating our 9u, 10u and 11u year
Our alumni : Tim Thomas (formerly of the Dallas Mavericks), Dahntay
Jones (Atlanta Hawks), Vince Carter - (Dallas Mavericks), JR Smith (NY Knicks) ,Victor Cruz (NY Giants) ,Wayne
Ellington (Dallas Mavericks), Gerald Henderson (Charlotte Bobcats), Earl Clark (Cleveland Cavaliers) & also the late
Eddie Griffin of the NJ Nets have all been part of our PBC sponsorship fraternity for teams and/or events at
some time during past years.
The Playaz Basketball Club is one of the nation's ELITE Travel Team programs. We have definitely become the program
for the "Better Player". It is our continuing desire to be more than just an AAU team. We wish to not only
service our past and present players but also provide services in their home communities.