DANVILLE RIVERHAWKS SIGN VETERAN RICO HILL
Danville, IL- The Danville Riverhawks added depth today after signing former second round NBA draft pick, Rico Hill, for the upcoming 2015 season. Hill adds size, leadership and is looking forward to playing a major role on the team this upcoming year.
The 6'8" power forward from Chicago, Illinois, is no stranger to Central Illinois. He led the 1997 and 1998 Illinois State University Red Birds to back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference titles and was named the 1998 Missouri Valley Player of the Year.
Following his senior year, Hill entered the 1998 NBA draft and was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 31st pick. After his departure from the NBA, Hill continued his successful playing career with stints in the NBA D-League and many top professional leagues overseas including Spain, Italy, and France.
"Rico brings so many intangibles to this team and much needed leadership in the locker room for our younger guys trying to make it to the next level," stated Devin Glover-Johnson, President of the Danville Riverhawks. "I know he's ready to get to work and I can't say enough how fortunate we are to have him here."
The Riverhawks plan to continue announcing player signing in the upcoming weeks as they get ready for training camp in November.
RACINE STORM SIGN STRONG CORE OF LOCAL TALENT
|Photo by Shawn Quirk. (Left to Right) Tom Wright, Reid Koenen, Patrick Souter
Racine, WI- On Saturday, September 20, at the George Bray Center, the Racine Storm professional minor league basketball team signed three local players.
Tom Wright. Reid Koenen and Patrick Souter are all joining the Racine Storm in their inaugural season with the Premier Basketball League. All three of these young players were born and raised in Racine and continue to reside in the community.
Tom Wright, a 6'9" power forward/center, played two seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. After a short hiatus, "he is excited about the opportunity to play again. "
Reid Koenen, a 6'7" small forward, played high school at the Prairie School before taking his talents to Texas State University. He is hoping that playing for the Racine Storm will help "springboard his career to the next level."
Patrick Souter, a 6'1" point guard, was a member of the 2006 and 2007 St. Catherine's State Champion basketball teams. He then moved on to play two years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he helped the Warhawks win a National Championship last season.
Each of these players are excited about having the opportunity to once again showcase their talents in front of the Racine community, their families and friends. They will bring a wealth of talent and some much needed height to the Storm.
"I am excited about the upcoming season and the home grown talent of the young men signed today," stated Storm General manager, Keith Sisk.
The Racine Storm will be holding tryouts open to the public next Saturday, September 27th at the Kenosha Boys and Girls Club. Anyone interested in the tryout is asked to contact Coach Clint Bryant at (262) 498-3161.
PREMIER BASKETBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES NEW COMMISSIONER
Chicago, IL- Following a unanimous decision from the league’s Board of Directors, Dennis Truax will take over the role as commissioner for the Premier Basketball League (PBL), effective immediately. Formerly the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the PBL, Truax has one of the most impressive resumes in minor league sports and the league couldn’t be happier to have him.
PHILADELPHIA FLIGHT READY FOR TAKEOFF IN PENNSYLVANIA
Chicago, IL- Based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Flight will enter the 2015 Premier Basketball League (PBL) season in the East Division.
Kenneth Bishop, founder and owner of the Flight, did the proper research and time to put together the highest quality team possible in order to be competitive and entertaining for an area ready for minor league basketball.
“Our Flight fans can expect a very competitive and entertaining show on the court. We will make sure fans leave amazed by our production on the floor and wanting to return for more,” stated Bishop.
Head coach, Ernest Pearsall, who’s coaching career stems back to his tenure at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, will lead the Flight in their inaugural PBL season. Over the years, Coach Pearsall has put together winning basketball teams and helped grow players into professionals. One of these professionals under Pearsall’s reign was NBA star and current point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, Jameer Nelson.
The Philadelphia Flight also understand and support the PBL mission when it comes to its involvement in the community and the impact their team is expected to have on their local youth.
“We will be opening a summer camp next year called School of Hoops for the youth. This will educate them scholastically as well as in the game of basketball. We will put the student back in the term, “student athlete,”” stated the Flight owner.
The Philadelphia Flight will be joining the PBL’s powerhouse East Division. This means the Flight will be competing against the PBL’s six-time defending championship Rochester RazorSharks as well as the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers who are managed by former NBA player, Sharone Wright, and volunteer assistant coach, Xavier McDaniels.
The Philadelphia Flight are ready for the Pennsylvania showdown with what will likely be a strong rivalry with the Erie Hurricane, also based out of Pennsylvania. The Flight will play their home games at Girard College. Season tickets are currently on sale and include a bonus giveaway. For more information on the Flight and their upcoming inaugural season, go to facebook.com/philaflight1 and show your support.
RAZORSHARKS SIGN FORMER BIG TEN FORWARD DAVID JACKSON
Rochester, NY— The Rochester RazorSharks have signed 6’7" forward David Jackson, a former Penn State product, for the 2015 Premier Basketball League season. During the past two years, Jackson has played overseas in the Finland and German leagues.
Before his time spent overseas, Jackson played four seasons in the Big Ten Conference for Penn State. During his career at Penn State he averaged 7.2 ppg and 3.9 rpg. He was named "Mr. Defense" and "Most Improved Player" for 2009-10 season. Jackson’s most memorable career game while at Penn State came in a victory over Sacred Heart during his junior year, where he posted a career-best 26 points and 4 assists.
“David is very skilled and fundamentally sound,” said Robert Spon, head coach of the Rochester RazorSharks. “He can shoot an NBA 3-pointer with ease and has a great basketball IQ.” As Coach Spon would know, he has trained Jackson during the summer for two years.
The Rochester RazorSharks are a professional basketball team based in Rochester, New York. They are the 2014 defending champions of the Premier Basketball League and play their home games at the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester. For more information on the Rochester RazorSharks visit www.RazorsSharks.com or contact the office at 585-232-9190.
PBL Draft Brings Next Set of Stars for Upcoming Season
Chicago, IL- Congratulations to the next class of upcoming professionals that have been drafted by select teams for the 2014-15 Premier Basketball League (PBL) season.
The draft was held Monday, September 8th at 7pm Eastern Time. These teams drafted players they believe will be able to help lead their organization to become next year’s PBL champions. Now after making their picks, each organization will contact the newest members of their team where they will negotiate contracts and begin discussing the start of training camp.
Grand Rapids Cyclones- Joshua Chichester
Racine Storm- Chris Gatlin
Danville Riverhawks- Mark Stevenson
Erie Hurricane – Xavier Jones
Lake Michigan Admirals – Cordaryl Ballard
Lima Express– Derrick Tate
Buffalo 716ers– Corey Bellovich
Indianapolis Diesels – Mike Wade
Pee Dee Vipers– Tyrel Evans
Rochester RazorSharks– Brandon McClester
Grand Rapids Cyclones – Tyrone Johnson
Racine Storm – MacDonald Mariga
Danville Riverhawks– Jerron Jamerson
Erie Hurricane – Issa Avery
Lake Michigan Admirals – Clinton Cunningham
Lima Express– Devaughn Buntyn
Buffalo 716ers– David Johnson
Indianapolis Diesels – Benjamin Cumbo
Pee Dee Vipers– Ryan Whitehead
Rochester RazorSharks– Marques Burks
Players who were not selected still have a chance to become a part of sports history and can contact each individual team via phone, email or social media for a potential private tryout with an organization.
PREMIER BASKETBALL LEAGUE 2014 SUMMER COMBINE
Chicago, IL- The chance for you to play professional basketball is coming to Chicago, Illinois. On August 23rd, 2014 the Premier Basketball League will be hosting their summer combine.
Register to participate for a chance to showcase your talents in front of former NBA players, PBL coaches, General Managers and other officials involved in the league.
Thanks to Flixpress, one of the major sponsors in the PBL, this opportunity comes free of charge for those who will be looking to participate in this event. The combine will be held at one of the leading major arenas in the city of Chicago that is yet to be announced.
Hotel deals will be available for players coming out of town and looking to stay after the one-day combine has completed.
This free experience is an exclusive opportunity to fulfill your dreams and become a professional basketball player. If you wish to participate in this year’s free 2014 PBL summer combine, please fill out the form here to receive updated information.