Rating the local hoop spots

 Nunaka Elementary: This court is for anyone and everyone who wants to feel like a star for a day. Located on Twinning Dr., Nunaka is just a regular elementary school with extremely low rims — we’re talking 8 feet, if that. During the summer, if you and some of you close hooper friends want to go out and dunk on each other but can’t quite reach regulation, this is the place. One negative about Nunaka is that it’s an elementary school, so there will often be rocks on the ground. Don’t blow a knee out. Nunaka won’t pay for it. 3/5

 Wendler Middle School: Wendler might be the worst basketball court in the city of Anchorage. The rims are doubled, the concrete is slick and the competition is weak. Wendler is a terrible place to play outdoor basketball because the double rims will affect many of your shots. The gated court is nice, though. The setup kind of gives it a big-city feel with all the cars zooming down Lake Otis. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s the worst. 2/5

Begich Middle School: I love Begich. I may be a little bias on this one because I was in the first graduating class of Begich back in 2008. I loved my time at the school, but more importantly, I loved playing outside at the basketball courts (they were brand-new at the time). Begich is one of the better outside courts in town. You can go there usually any summer evening and get a good run. The rims are perfect, and the courts are supportive as well. 4/5

Lions Park: Lions Park in Mountain View is another one of the more popular courts in Anchorage. Many people go out to Lions Park during the summer for barbecues and family get-togethers. Needless to say, you’ll always have someone to play with. The goals on this court aren’t up to par in my book, but that’s how it goes with outdoor hoops. This wouldn’t be my first place to come play on a hot summer day. 3/5

Goose Lake: Goose Lake is a good court for UAA students who are attending during the summer. It’s right down the street from the university, so it’s not a far walk for those who don’t drive. The court is gated off and in the middle of a wooded area. It’s in the shade, so when the sun’s beating down you don’t have to worry about dying of a heat stroke. The chain-link nets are a good look as well. 4/5