Referees Rumors

Loud, physical and competitive. These are some of the aspects of the Drew League that make it the world’s preeminent pro-am offseason destination for NBA superstars to stay sharp in the summer. Just like the NBA standouts that frequent the Los Angeles-based league, referees such as longtime official Crystal Hogan use the unique setting to hone their craft. “The Drew League is a summer thing, but it’s where we get better at our jobs,” Hogan said after reffing a game last month. “A lot of us officials have gone onto work at higher levels. I have worked junior college, Division III, Division II and Division I college women’s basketball. I also did the NBA D-League for three years.”