Local basketball player with 1M Tiktok followers feat. by The Inquirer for organizing a ‘park-takeover’ event in Blue Bell

Jake West, a teenager who has more a million Tiktok followers, was recently featured by The Philadelphia Inquirer for a series of basketball games at Wentz Run Park in Blue Bell last Saturday night.

The article describes how West, 17, created a “park-takeover,” a phenomenon that has gone global and is organized through various social media platforms. Last month, a park takeover even occurred in Australia.

The takeovers begin with a social media-savvy basketball player challenging area players to bring their best five at a specific time and place to compete against their squad.

According to The Inquirer, West’s group included La Salle forward and former Archbishop Wood standout Daeshon Shepherd, along with Twins Kaseem and Kareem Watkins, who both played at West Catholic and are now forwards at Cal State Bakersfield.

The team lost its first pick-up game, but won its next five.

West is a junior who played at Archbishop Carroll last season before a season at Plymouth-Whitemarsh.

For the full story, you can click here. For West’s Tiktok account, you can click here.

Photos courtesy of West’s Tiktok account