DANVILLE RIVERHAWKS RETURN FOR 2015-2016 SEASON
The Danville Riverhawks announce their return to Danville and the Premier Basketball League for the 2015-16 season. The Riverhawks will continue to call the David S. Palmer Arena home for the upcoming season co-owners Devin Glover-Johnson and Floyd Brown couldn't be more excited for the team's' second season in Danville and the PBL."We are excited to begin another year here in Danville and the PBL," stated Glover-Johnson. "We were able to settle our previous differences and move forward with our plans for the future. After seeing the changes that have been made and the direction the league is going, we felt comfortable returning to the PBL. We're happy to be back and look forward to competing for the PBL Championship."
The Premier Basketball Commissioner also weighed in on the return of Danville to the league."The return of the Danville franchise helps us both competitively and geographically," said PBL Commissioner Dennis Truax. "To be able to bring back a competitive team in Danville, with their geographic footprint was vital for the PBL. We were able to come to an agreement with ownership quite quickly when we showed them the changes that have been implemented for the upcoming year."
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Rochester RazorSharks Head Coach Chris Daleo Leading All-Star Team in China
Recently hired RazorSharks head coach Chris Daleo is currently partaking in an exciting coaching venture this month in China.
Daleo has been given an opportunity to coach and take over a team with a grueling schedule of 14 games in just three weeks. Chris will have the pleasure of leading a team filled with tremendous talent, many of which have previous experience in the NBA, the NBA D-League and NCAA Division 1 competition.
When asked about this opportunity Coach Daleo had much to say, “I want to work on different things I’m not familiar with and work on weaknesses and showcase the strengths of my players.”
Competition in this 14 game schedule will be inherently tough as Coach Daleo and his team will be competing against top Division 1 Chinese Clubs. Daleo spoke on this upcoming uphill battle, “It’s a challenge to take an unknown club and maximize strengths and try to win. But this is a way for me to focus on basketball, focus on winning, and focus on this opportunity.”
Through this venture, the RazorSharks and the Premier Basketball League will have an avenue for exposure of the brand and league through Coach Daleo. Daleo expressed, “expanding awareness to get our name out there is always a good thing. This is a chance to scout players for Rochester, display the brand and the PBL internationally, and I plan on staying loyal to my club.”
When asked about the most important aspect of this opportunity, Coach Daleo emphasized the significance of winning, “Losing hurts the image of American basketball. When American teams head overseas and struggle to win it looks bad on all of American basketball and puts a kink in our armor. My goals are simple: win games, showcase players, and showcase myself, the RazorSharks and the PBL. This is about business and about wins,” said Daleo.
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PBL NEWCOMER KENTUCKY MAVERICKS ANNOUNCE ROOKIE/ FREE AGENT TRY OUTS TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER
Four-time ABA National Champions have joined the PBL for their inaugural season, and the Kentucky Mavericks are hosting a Rookie/Free-Agent Camp on Saturday, November 21st and Sunday, November 22nd.
The Mavericks are entering into a new league and are looking for new talent. The Mavericks have had 4 All-League Players, an ABA Rookie of the Year, and a MVP come from previous Rookie/Free-Agent Camps.
The camp is open to all players on November 21st (spectators will be allowed to view). Only selected players from Saturday, November 21st will be invited back to participate in the invite only camp on November 22nd.
For more information on the camp such as dates, times, registration forms, or locations visit HERE.
LAKE MICHIGAN ADMIRALS OWNER CHRIS GLISSON LEADS EUROPEAN EXPOSURE TOUR
The Lake Michigan Admirals owner Chris Glisson has announced that he will be having professional basketball tours throughout the world from September 2015 through August 2016. "We will be visiting many countries including Puerto Rico, Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Italy, Montenegro, Ireland, England, Norway, Australia, Africa, and China. The players chosen to go on this tour, will only have to pay $1,000 upfront for their owner's associates membership, with a guarantee money back if you are unable to go due to injury," said Glisson.
The tour is currently making its way through London and Spain in the month of September. The Lake Michigan Admirals and Owner/ Coach Chris Glisson have teamed up with the Dagenham Dragons. The Admirals were invited to play in an international tournament in Spain in early September as well as defend their championship trophy in Hastings, England last week.
To keep up with this exciting international exposure tour visit the Lake Michigan Admirals Basketball Tour Facebook page, or visit HERE.
Former RazorSharks Standout Ayodele Coker Signs Contract in Spain
Ayodele Coker is a former St. John's starting forward who spent time in the PBL as part of the Rochester RazorSharks and their 2014 PBL Championship team. Coker averaged 8.4 points per game and added in 10 rebounds per game during the championship run.
Coker recently signed to play in the LEB-Silver league in Spain as part of the Viten Getafe basketball team. This is not Coker's first experience in professional basketball as he represented Nigeria in the U19 World Championship eight years ago. This will be Coker's fifth season in professional basketball and first as part of the LEB-Silver division with the Viten Getafe squad.
More information on the Coker signing can be found HERE.