RazorSharks Sign NBA D-League Player Corey Allmond
by Cara Benjamin posted 08/18/2014
Rochester, NY— The Rochester RazorSharks have announced that combo guard Corey Allmond will join RazorSharks mainstay Jerice Crouch in the team’s backcourt for the upcoming 2015 PBL season. Allmond played with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA’s Developmental League last year.
After making headlines during his senior year of college at Sam Houston State in 2010, including a 37-point outburst against a Kentucky Wildcats squad featuring future NBA talent such as John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, and Demarcus Cousins, Allmond has spent the past three years working on his game in the NBA D-League. Allmond has averaged 7.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game over the course of his D-League career, including a career-high 15.5 points and 3 rebounds per game in 2012 for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
“He’s a great shooter, but he can also finish at the basket and defend at a high level,” said Robert Spon, head coach of the Rochester RazorSharks. “He is a veteran player that will provide leadership both on and off the court.”
Danville, IL- The Danville Riverhawks made their first splash of the PBL offseason by signing former NJCAA and NAIA All-American Matt Neaville to the team's roster for the upcoming 2015 season.
The Urbana native and former Parkland College standout, comes to the Riverhawks after going undrafted in the 2009 National Basketball Association Development League draft. Following the draft, Neaville went on to play for the Tijuana Cosmos of the Mexico LNBP where he averaged 16.5 points per game and later joined the Harlem Ambassadors traveling entertainment team in 2010.
Most recently, the Urbana High School alum played for the Springfield Xpress and six-time Independent Basketball Association champions, the Kankakee County Soldiers. Now, Neaville comes to the Riverhawks very excited about the team and a chance to play close to home.
"I can't wait to suit up this season and I'm thankful for the opportunity to play for the Riverhawks this year," Neaville stated. "I think it's great to have the opportunity to play close to home and be a local guy. I'm sure fans will like it and come support the team."
Neavile has always been known as a great scorer throughout his career, especially from behind the arc. The 6-foot guard currently holds all major three point records at Union University, a Division I NAIA school in Tennessee and the National Junior College Athletic Association's record for most three's made in a game (17). The organization couldn't be more pleased about signing Neaville and Riverhawks head coach, Kristopher Bell, is poised to get to work with the sharpshooter.
"The coaching staff is really excited about Matt, not only is (he) a great competitor, but he supports our efforts in the community. He's a dangerous shooter and his presence allows us to space the floor," stated the first year coach of the Riverhawks. He's a tough kid, has a lot of experience and we can't wait for training camp to start so we can get to work."
When asked about what he wants to accomplish this season with the team, Neaville stated his biggest objective was to help the team win on and off the court. More importantly, he wants to bring the community together to support the team and bring some excitement to the city of Danville.
Neaville is the first player to sign with the Riverhawks for the upcoming season, but the team is holding multiple combines for players interested in trying out for the team. To register for one of the combines or for more information visit www.danvilleriverhawks.com.
Press Conference Announcing the Storm Joining the PBL A Success
by Jo Ann Hattix posted 08/11/2014
Racine, WI– Michael Tyler, owner of the Racine Storm minor league basketball team, announced on Friday, August 8th at a press conference at the Racine Art Museum the entry of the Storm’s into the Premier Basketball League.
Racine mayor, John Dickert was on hand for the announcement and welcomes the team to the Racine community.
“There have been a lot of great basketball players from Racine,’’ Tyler said. “Several players have played in the NBA like Caron Butler, Jim Chones and other and there have been a slew of Racine players who have played at the Division I level”
The vision of a professional team came to Tyler while sharing a Thanksgiving meal with Racine native, Clint Bryant, who is now one of the team’s coach, Ryan Thompson also serves as coach. “Racine is a hotbed for basketball.’’, said Tyler.
The more Tyler thought about becoming an owner of a professional basketball team the more intrigued he became. Tyler, who is from Waukegan, Ill., and practices law in Louisiana, checked out some possibilities and came to the conclusion that Racine would be an ideal location for a team in the Premier Basketball League.
The Racine Storm will be part a 12-team league that has, or will have, teams in eight states. The closest teams to Racine will be Danville, Ill., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Indianapolis.
“Using a business term, it’s a great market,’’ Tyler said. “I’ve talked to people here in Racine and they believe we’ll get great backing from the city and the county.’’
The mission of the league is give players who graduated from high school or college an opportunity to showcase their skills and perhaps latch on with a professional team.
“It’s not just about getting to the NBA, but playing in the D-League or playing overseas,’’ Tyler said. “The opportunities to play overseas are vast, whether it’s in Europe or Asia or the Middle East or South America. You can make a lot of money playing overseas.’’
Tyler added a local combine for player tryouts was in the works and that a free regional combine for PBL candidates will be held Aug. 23 in Chicago, with additional details forthcoming on the league’s website: www.thepbl.com
The PBL season is expected to begin play in December and conduct games through March. The season will consist of 20 games, 10 away and 10 at home. Tyler also stated that he was hoping Case High School would host their home games in Racine.
“This is my first foray into ownership,’’ Tyler said. “It’s like operating any other business. You have to have a good infrastructure and you’ve got to put time into nurturing it. I’m willing to do that.’’
Rochester, NY— On August 8th, the Rochester RazorSharks announced that former Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry player Gabe Freeman has been signed to the team’s roster for the upcoming 2015 season.
The small forward played a significant role for the Cavalry squad that was defeated by the RazorSharks in the Premier Basketball League Championship series in 2011. Since that time, Freeman has played for the London Lightning in Canada’s National Basketball League, as well as for several teams in the Philippines. During his tenure with the Lightning, he claimed the NBL’s Most Valuable Player award, the Playoffs M.V.P. award and the NBL Championship during the 2012 season.
“He is one of the most talented minor league players, playing both domestically and overseas,” says Robert Spon, head coach of the Rochester RazorSharks. “A terrific rebounder for his size at 6’6’’, we’re thrilled to have him on our team.”
Freeman averaged 22 points and 19.5 rebounds per game playing for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the Philippines Basketball Association last season.
Premier Basketball League to Host Combine at Same Arena as NBA
Premier Basketball League to Host Combine at Same Arena as NBA
Chicago, IL- The Premier Basketball League (PBL) will host their national summer combine on August 23rd at Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago, Illinois.
This 65,000-square foot facility has four NBA regulation size courts and professional level amenities including professional locker rooms, hydrotherapy rooms and resistance pool.
Hosting this year’s combine at Chicago’s Quest Multisport Complex will be particularly special for participants this year not just because of the venue’s size, or for the fact that it is free thanks to one of the league’s major sponsors, Flixpress, but also because Quest Multisport Complex was the host of the NBA combine back in May.
“Chicago Quest Multisport is proud to welcome the PBL combine to join our list of grand events that include the NBA combine, McDonald’s All-American Games practice series, and other internationally renowned showcases and camps,” stated Quest General Manager, Jerry Hardin.
Located on the west side of Chicago, players will be able to showcase their talents in front of owners, coaches and managers from the PBL for a chance to become a professional basketball player. Just like the NBA combine, players will arrive for check in the morning of the combine, followed by cardio workouts to test the physical synopsis of each participant.
While these young players are trying to impress team officials around the league, the referee’s combine will take place simultaneously at Chicago’s Quest. Paul Carter, Director of Officiating for the PBL will be evaluating the referee portion of the combine.
This combine will be free to all participants thanks to one of the league’s major sponsors, Flixpress. Team owners, managers and scouts from all across the PBL will be present to scout who will be the difference makers in their chase for the championship trophy in the 2015 season.