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North Carolina coach Roy Williams covers a wide range of topics from Duke to Kentucky, new players, hair styles and the development of returning veterans during a press conference on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Do a quick scan of the rosters at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam and you might do a double take at a few of the names.

There is a good chance you’ll see some basketball royalty watching. Professional sports legacies are in full view this week in North Augusta, S.C., as the sons of former professional athletes compete at the premier summer hoops event.

Here’s a rundown of former pro athletes who have sons playing at the EYBL this week:

Dikembe Mutombo

The 18-year NBA veteran has a son, Bretner, who plays for the Georgia Stars U16 team. Bretner, a class of 2021 recruit, isn’t as tall as his 7 foot, 2 inch dad (6’9), but is still growing. The elder Mutombo won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times and was an eight-time All-Star.

Ron Artest/Metta World Peace

Another one of the top defenders during his prime in the NBA, Artest or World Peace has a teenage son, Jeron, who stands at 6-3, and plays guard for the Las Vegas Prospects 16U team.

Greg Anthony

Anthony, the former NBA guard turned television analyst, is the proud father of the No. 1 combo guard in the country, Cole Anthony. The younger Anthony, who has offers from Duke and North Carolina among others, was named the Nike EYBL Most Valuable Player headed into the Peach Jam event. The No. 1 ranked player in New York in the class of 2019, Anthony is the floor leader for the PSA Cardinals.

Vernon Carey Sr.

Carey spent seven years in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins. He was a first-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, and his son, Vernon Jr., should be a first round NBA pick in the future. The No. 2 player in the class of 2019, Carey Jr. has offers from college basketball’s most elite programs: Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan State.

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University School forward Vernon Carey, Jr. slams home two points during the opening round of the John Wall Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School. RickCrank Photo Courtesy of John Wall Holiday Invitational

Kenyon Martin Sr.

The former No. 1 pick in the NBA draft watched from the stands Wednesday as his son, Kenyon Martin Jr., led the Oakland Soldiers into battle against the Indy Heat in the night cap. The elder Martin played 15 seasons in the NBA. The younger Martin is the No. 15 player in California.

Scottie Pippen Sr.

Seated just a few steps below Martin was the six-time NBA champion and NBA Hall of Famer, Scottie Pippen. His son, Scottie Pippen Jr., is a teammate of Kenyon Martin Jr., giving the Oakland Soldiers a pair of players who grew up around the game. Scottie Jr. has some growing to do (stands at 6-2) if he hopes to be as tall as dad (6-7), but proved to be a valuable floor leader for the Oakland Soldiers.

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