On August 8th, 2014, history was made in Racine, Wisconsin. The Racine Storm publicly announced to the media, fans and even local government officials their decision to join the Premier Basketball League for the 2014-15 season.
Racine mayor, John Dickert kicked off the conference and spoke about how excited he was for the Storm's inaugural season in the PBL and what good it would do for the local community.
Following Mayor Dickert, Storm owner Michael Tyler, gave his presentation on what the Storm will do for their community and the benefits for the organization and its players that come with joining the PBL.
"There have been a lot of great basketball players from Racine," Tyler said. "Several players have played in the NBA like Caron Butler and there have been a slew of Racine players who have played at the Division I level."
Tyler also mentioned the importance of patience when players strive to reach their goal of making the NBA.
"It's just not about getting to the NBA, but playing in the D-League overseas," stated the Storm owner.
The Premier Basketball League has filled all available slots for this summer's upcoming PBL combine due to the overwhelming number of submissions we received.
Therefore, we are sorry to announce that if you have not already signed up for the combine on then you will be unable to attend.
However, you still have a chance to showcase your skills to individual teams by contacting them via email, Facebook or Twitter.
All participants who have already completed their submissions will be contacted this week regarding hotel deals, meal options, itinerary and other information.
The PBL Summer Combine on August 23rd will give more than just players a chance to showcase their skills and advance their careers.
At the same combine and location as the players, referees will also receive the chance to try and move a step closer in the professional sports world in hopes of one day reaching the NBA level.
Director of Officiating, Paul Carter, will be the main contact for any persons interested in becoming a professional referee.
To sign up for the referee combine, please reach out to Paul Carter at
'Sharks Add Former MVP
The Rochester Razorsharks continue to build on their championship team with their recent addition, Gabe Freeman.
The 28-year old small forward played in the Premier Basketball League back in 2011 for Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry. The Cavalry would advance to the PBL championship before falling to the Razorsharks.
Most recently, Freeman played in the NBL- Canada where he was awarded the League MVP and the Playoff MVP.
Freeman will join the PBL's 2014 Playoff MVP, Jerice Crouch, who has also signed a contract and secured his return to the Razorsharks.