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Why Pro Dunk Hoops

Houston skyline, c. 1976

It was 1984 and Houston, TX oil companies were buckling from the recent oil market crash. There was a fire-sale on drilling equipment including high quality oil pipe. It was going for pennies on the dollar. Keith Tate, a salesman, had weathered the layoffs but was busy trying to figure out how to take advantage of the abundance of cheap oil field drill pipe.


At first, mailboxes came to mind. Keith quickly headed to the library where he found books he could use to begin teaching himself how to weld. After a few short months of building mailboxes his welding skills were becoming quite good and he was ready to try something a little more complicated.

On the way home from work one day, he realized that every house had a basketball goal that looked as though a stiff wind could blow it over.

Keith Tate, owner & founder 1984 in his home office

After some market research he realized that there were no heavy-duty basketball goal systems for residential use available. He began making hoops immediately and idea took off. Keith put his welding skills to good use and turned his subdivision garage into a basketball goal factory.




One of the first Pro Dunk basketball goals

The first basketball goals were made from tubular oil field pipe. An extension arm was mounted to the main pole at a 45 degree angle with U-bolts. A Harvard steel-clad backboard was mounted to the extension arm.

Customers loved the idea of getting a great playing heavy-duty basketball goal delivered and installed by a professional.

In 1995, Pro Dunk Hoops outgrew the garage and moved to its current 16 acre facility in Tomball, TX where design and distribution of their products is done today.




Pro Dunk Hoops now ships nation-wide. Pro Dunk Hoops basketball goals have seen vast improvements from early iterations while keeping the same heavy-duty, high-performance standard. The rich culture at Pro Dunk Hoops has remained intact over the years fostering innovative installer friendly products.

The adjustable, in-ground Pro Dunk® product line has been the backbone of Pro Dunk Hoops for years. We are proud to announce the Pro Dunk® line is better than ever with improvements such as our ½ inch thick tempered glass backboards and unmatched corrosion protection. Also, we have the all new Diamond model boasting awesome specifications resulting in the best performing system we have ever seen.




Pro Dunk systems have been and always will be heavy-duty but we're not standing still. We've created new accessories for Pro Dunk systems, improved performance and increased the level of service we're able to provide nationwide. Join the Pro Dunk Hoops family and bring a great activity to your driveway, backyard, school, church, neighborhood or business that everybody will love.

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