Battle of the Champions: Rochester vs. Kentucky
PBL fans, we are less than a month away from the first ever Midwest- Northeast Battle of the Champions between the Rochester RazorSharks and the Kentucky Mavericks.
The RazorSharks will be looking for a third straight PBL Championship this season, but the powerhouse newcomer Kentucky Mavericks may have something to say about it. The Mavericks will be entering their inaugural season in the PBL following a dominating season followed by a championship in the ABA last season.
This offseason the Mavericks relocated from Shreveport to Kentucky and will host all opponents inside the 5,000 seat Owensboro Sportscenter. The Mavericks this season will be lead by widely renowned Head Coach Steve Tucker. With over 30 years of experience and 500 wins as a college or professional coach, Tucker will look to quickly overthrow the RazorSharks atop the PBL.
Following the lead of newly appointed Head Coach Chris Daleo and veteran guard Jerice Crouch, the RazorSharks will attempt to continue their dominance atop the PBL and win an unprecedented third PBL title in a row.
Coach Daleo is another well-respected and very successful coach within the minor professional basketball world. Coach Daleo has been a part of two CBA conference championship programs as well as three CBA all-star teams.
Most recently, Daleo coached the Champaign Swarm to the 2015 MPBA championship. The RazorSharks will look to combine past successes with Coach Daleo’s winning mentality and hard-nosed playing style.
We all will have front row-seats to potentially one of the best rivalries in PBL history. The Mavericks and the RazorSharks will tip-off this battle of the undefeated champions January 9th at the Owensboro Sportscenter in Kentucky.
Lake Michigan Admirals Major Offseason Signings
The Lake Michigan Admirals announce a major offseason signing of former All PBL First-Team standout Anthony Spencer.
Spencer is a 6'6 forward formerly with the Racine Storm and was one of the most talented offensive forwards in the PBL.
Spencer ranked third in the league averaging 28.23 points per game and ranked fifth in the league in total rebounds with 129.
Making this signing even more exciting the Admirals first game on the road will be against Spencer's former team the Racine Storm in Racine on January 8th.
The Lake Michigan Admirals continue to make major strides in this offseason in preparation for a very competitive 2016 season.
Admirals have added to major signing of Anthony Spencer already, with former Kent State University standout Darren Goodson. Another major signing occurred this week with the addition of former Wayne State forward Michael Martin.
Goodson was a starting forward who averaged 9.1 points and 2.3 assists per game during his senior campaign. While adding a talented point guard, owner Chris Glisson has been very busy with finding a talented big man to compliment Goodson inside.
Wayne State forward Michael Martin may be the player to fill that role, standing at 6'9 and a force defensively and on the boards. Coach Ace Jackson stated, "after seeing him play, I know he will be a big part of the Admirals' success."
The Admirals will have their season opener on the road against the Racine Storm on January 8th. For more information on your admirals visit here.
Indianapolis Diesels Announce Major Signing
The Diesels recently signed former University of San Diego standout Cameron Miles who happens to be the younger brother of Indiana Pacers guard C.J. Miles.
Cameron Miles spent four seasons with the University of San Diego playing over 100 collegiate games as a talented spot-up shooter, ball handler and role player off the bench.
The Diesels will be looking to Cameron to bring experience and leadership to a backcourt ready for a competitive 2016 season in the Midwest Division.
For more information on the Diesels visit here.
Danville Riverhawks Announce Major Signing
Wednesday the Riverhawks signed former University of Missouri Kansas City sharpshooter Frank Williams Jr.
The 6’6 guard comes to the Riverhawks after finishing his senior season with the Kangaroos averaging 7.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, seeing action in all 33 games, starting 25 times.
He led the team with 49 threepointers as well led the team in scoring against Iowa State with 14 points, and again against USCU with 15 points. He had season highs of 16 points against Omaha and nine rebounds vs. UTPA.
The Riverhawks and Coach Kris Bell are expecting Williams Jr to have an immediate impact with the team, and add size as well as length on the wing.
The Riverhawks tip off the 2016 season in less than three weeks when they host the Grand Rapids Cyclones on January 9th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
To purchase tickets visit the David S. Palmer box office located on 100 W. Main Street or online at www.DanvilleRiverhawks.com.
The Charlotte Elite Announce Back to School Basketball Clinic
The Elite will be hosting this clinic at the Carolina Courts in Concord, North Carolina. The Clinic will be held following the New Year on January 2nd from 12 PM- 2 PM.
The event will include the clinic, a free Elite t-shirt, food provided, and free entry to the Elite and Wilmington Sea Dawgs game at 3 PM.
For more information visit the Charlotte Elite's site here.
WNY Thundersnow Welcome New Assistant Coach Michael Brigante
The Thundersnow earlier this week announced their new Assistant Coach Michael Brigante.
Brigante is a hometown native of Niagara Falls and brings over 10 years of college coaching experience to the Thundersnow.
WNY will look to Brigante to bring a new vision of class and experience to the coaching staff along the sideline.
Jamestown Jackals Announce Major Offseason Signings
The Jackals have been very busy this past week announcing signings left and right to their training camp roster.
This includes recent signing of Britton Bradford, whom has experience playing professionally for the New York City Blue Jays and the And 1 Mixtape Tour. This 6'6 forward is versatile offensive player with the ability to shoot outside and attack the basket.
This signing frenzy also includes the signing of former University of Pittsburgh Bradford guard Brandon McCluster. Brandon is a talented 6'2 point guard who was third team all conference his senior year averaging 13 points per game and leading the team in steals with 50.
The signings also include former Shaw University and PeeDee Vipers guard Stephen Yamoah. Stephen has experience playing professionally all over the map including: TRBL, PBL, ACPL and Euro Summer League experience.
The Jackals continue to build an extremely impressive training camp roster in preparation for a deep and incredibly tough Northeast Division.
Wilmington Sea Dawgs Announce Major Mid-Season Signing
The Sea Dawgs are currently off to a hot 3-0 start and continue to impress in the Southeast Division.
The Sea Dawgs announced earlier this week signing of former Mount Olive College forward Elijah Rouse House.
Elijah is a dominant and physical forward inside who shoots the ball efficiently and uses work horse mentality on the boards.
Elijah will be making his team debut this Sunday against the Cary Invasion.