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The PBL Announces Newest Expansion Team the Providence Sky Chiefs

The Premier Basketball League (PBL) today announced its latest expansion team, the Providence Sky Chiefs, for the upcoming 2016 season.



The Providence Sky Chiefs, Rhode Island’s first professional basketball team in nearly three decades, completed a successful campaign competing in its inaugural season in 2014-15. The RI based team won several titles, including a regional championship and the 2015 BENRUS Pro Basketball Championship.

“We are overjoyed to be able to bring a fine organization like the Providence Sky Chiefs into the PBL,” said PBL Commissioner Dennis Truax. “Having Providence in the PBL helps the league across many platforms and continues to show our fans, advertisers, and sponsors how serious we are with the teams we allow into the PBL.  The Sky Chiefs is a first class organization and will provide world-class competition to the existing PBL teams. “

“We are excited to join the PBL, an established organization comprised of quality teams from top to bottom throughout the league. The PBL has strong, professional leadership at the helm, a solid structure in place and holds its teams to very high standards. This is a great league for extremely talented, highly motivated young men to showcase their talent and pursue their dreams of playing basketball at a professional level!” said Sky Chiefs President and General Manager Antonio Lopes.

“As we embark on the 2016 season we are looking forward to building upon the success we had during our inaugural season, continue to build our fan base through being a great community partner and take the organization to an even higher level.”

Established in 2008, the PBL enters the 2016 season with 18 teams in three divisions, the most in league history. The Providence Sky Chiefs join the Kentucky Mavericks (formerly the Shreveport Mavericks) as the newest additions to the PBL.

The league, which will kick off its ninth season in January 2016, recently announced a new partnership with ESPN3 for the upcoming season. More than 30 PBL games will be broadcast live on the channel.
 

Danville Riverhawks Announce Return of Head

Coach Kris Bell
 
 
The Danville Riverhawks will be entering their second season in the PBL again looking to Head Coach Kris Bell to lead them on a potential championship quest. 

Kris Bell is a former high school coach who was born and raised in Danville and continues to call the community his home. This position is very important to him and his community upbringing. Bell had a passion for the team and community unmatched by any other candidate.

Bell is no slacker when it comes to basketball knowledge as he had over 15 years of coaching experience before becoming a professional head coach. Bell also has experience working with the CBA, ABA and even some professional playing experience himself.

The Riverhawks were impressed by Coach Bell from the beginning of their inaugural season and continue to put their faith in his leadership for the upcoming 2016 season. The Riverhawks will continue to call the David S. Palmer Arena home. 

Former Diesel Derek Elston Named Indiana

University Basketball's Director of Player

Development

 
Derek Elston is a former Indiana University forward who spent his college career playing for the dominant Big 10 powerhouse and played with stars such as Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. 

Elston was always a team and coach favorite during his campaign with IU. Elston’s fire was sparked in part by a brief stint in semi-pro basketball with the Indianapolis Diesels, a team in the Midwest-based Premier Basketball League that plays its home games at Broad Ripple High School. He joined that squad toward the end of its season in May when one of their big men went down and opened up a spot.


“It was a big confidence booster for me,” Elston said. “And at the same time, I got to play with some guys who had also played in Russia and Germany and other places overseas and got an idea what that was all about.”

The Diesels and the PBL will be looking on and hoping Derek the highest of success in his new role with the Indiana University Basketball Team. 
 


 

The Lake Michigan Admirals will be Holding Open

Try-Outs

 

The Lake Michigan Admirals have announced tryouts in St. Joseph, Michigan on November 7th from 9-2PM.

The cost for tryouts is $125. The Admirals will be requesting that all players that are chosen for this year's team, arrive December 29th.

 

For more information visit the Admiral's site here.



 


 
Indianapolis Diesels Announce First Signing with

Desmond Stephens

 
The Diesels recently announced their first signing of former Utah State and Kentucky Wesleyan guard Desmond Stephens. Stephens tried out for the Diesels during their first combine in early October.
 

Desmond spent last season playing overseas in Australia after having a very successful college career. He finished eighth in assists in the NCAA averaging 6.5 per game. 

Stephens also lead the Panthers in scoring (18.1 ppg), steals (2.3) and led the Great Lakes Valley Conference in assists and steals. 

He was named first team All-Midwest Region by NABC and Daktronics.

Stephens will look to help the Indianapolis Diesels compete for a championship in the upcoming 2016 PBL season. 

 

Lake Michigan Admirals Tour Team Gets Invited to

Denmark

 
The Lake Michigan Admirals Tour Team has been invited to come to Denmark to play against their first division teams December 4th through December 14th.

Owner and Coach Chris Glisson is looking for ten players to go. The cost is $1,250 dollars and is due ASAP. Fees cover hotel, food, and flight. If interested, please email Owner Chris Glisson at chris@lakemichiganadmirals.com.

So far, Chris Glisson and the Admirals have been responsible for 55 player signings who have since played in 49 different countries.
For more information visit the Admirals website here.

 

Rochester RazorSharks Announce Free Agent Open
Tryouts and New Office Headquarters

 
Defending PBL Champion Rochester RazorSharks have officially announced their open combine for the upcoming 2016 season. 

The tryout will take place on Sunday November 29th at the Kodak Eastman Business Park. The tryout will be held from 10 AM until 12 PM with registration beginning at 9 AM that morning. 

The Rochester RazorSharks announced the Grand Opening of their new office with a massive event last week in the Marketplace Mall. 

In addition to the opening of the new 'Sharks headquarters, the team revealed their brand new hardwood basketball court located just outside their corporate office. This court will be used to allow players and fans of all ages to receive private lessons from RazorSharks' players and coaching personnel. 

Hundreds of fans competed in a free-throw contest on the new court in hopes of winning awesome RazorSharks merchandise and prizes. 

For more information on the RazorSharks tryouts and the new headquarters opening and all RazorSharks news visit here
 


 
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