Who is Boo? The Legend Behind the Name

Imagine Tony Stark as he stands in front of an AI vision board putting together the pieces of a masterplan. Then take the Black Godfather, Clarence Avant, and morph the two together. This is
Marcellus “Boo” Williams, one of the most powerful and influential men in the world of basketball.

Despite the odds stacked against him, this black insurance agent ignited the youth basketball culture in Hampton, Virginia, and turned it into a global empire while becoming royalty in a billion-dollar industry.

In the documentary, “Who is Boo? | The Legend Behind the Name,” we follow the intertwined levels of basketball from AAU to college, to the professional leagues, as we explore the impact on countless lives of players made privy to the “Boo experience;” including several faces of the NBA.Take a journey through the childhood, high school days, college years, and time spent in Belfast, Ireland were the legendary Grassroots Hall of Famer strategized in preparation for his illuminating future.

Despite his own adversities and being present to help see others through theirs, Boo Williams still managed to produce some of the great basketball legends, football stars, politicians, musicians, entrepreneurs, Olympians, and more, from the “757.”

Before Nike became “Nike,” there was Boo. Before Allen Iverson became “A.I” and Alonzo Mourning became “Alonzo Mourning,” there was Boo. The Boo Williams Summer League Program helped to not only launch careers, but also BIG BRANDS, at the same time becoming a thriving brand itself that has transcended going on four decades. Not to mention, the brand that
helped to save basketball.

  • Daryl Lamar Towe
  • Kyrica Veney
  • Daryl Lamar Towe
  • Dawn Staley
    Key Cast
  • Mike Krzyzewski
    Key Cast
  • JJ Redick
    Key Cast
  • Sonny Vaccaro
    Key Cast
  • Alonzo Mourning
    Key Cast
  • John Calipari
    Key Cast
  • Roy Williams
    Key Cast
  • Howard White
    Key Cast
  • Jim Boeheim
    Key Cast
  • Tara Vanderveer
    Key Cast
  • Pamela Mcgee
    Key Cast
  • Ann Iverson
    Key Cast
  • Bill Self
    Key Cast
  • George Raveling
    Key Cast
  • Antion Downs
    Directors of Photography
  • Lamont Warren
    Directors of Photography
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    2 hours 6 minutes 37 seconds
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    450,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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    Canon C70 Super 35
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Director Biography - Daryl Lamar Towe

Born and raised in a one-bedroom apartment with three older siblings in an impoverished area of Norfolk, VA; Daryl “D” Towe (Daryl Lamar), locked in and watched as his parents did what it took to make sure their family stayed afloat. Later, while trying to find his place in society and make his mark, “D” turned to basketball, playing at various levels, even professionally overseas. However, when the ball stopped bouncing and eventually went flat, helplessness began to set in.

What happened next? The development of a home-grown, true to the 7-5-7, black filmmaker was born. A man set out to build a legacy while living out his dream. As a former player of the AAU Godfather and powerhouse, Boo Williams, known both internationally and across the nation. Daryl Towe mans the task of making the introduction to those in the world who just don’t know, who? Boo!

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Director Statement

“Who is Boo| The Legend Behind the Name” is an epic new era film. Destined to be the best basketball documentary ever released.