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Windy City Mustangs join the Pro Basketball Association

Chicago, IL – The Pro Basketball Association announced Monday that the Windy City Mustangs have joined the PBA for the 2021 Spring-Summer Season. The Windy City  Mustangs is a Professional Organization in Chicago committed to producing premier professional basketball players while influencing the community in the most positive way, providing great professional basketball for all ages! Owner Reginald Jackson being a Current Pro-Player,  having experience overseas and other minor leagues. He’s joined in running the organization with Mikael Pennington, The Windy City Mustangs are sure to bring many opportunities to talent of the future to the game of basketball. There’s a STAMPEDE Coming!!!!

Midwest Division

“The Windy City Mustangs closes out our registration for the Midwest Division for 2021. Reginald and his team have the overseas and domestic minor leagues experience that it takes to know how to run a successful operation. These guys put getting the guys opportunity at the next level at utmost importance and run their organization accordingly. We’ll connect them with 1891 to handle their stats and video and as the 12th team in the Midwest Division they help balance out our scheduling and travel for the league that really helps everyone else in the area too, not just the Chicago area teams but also throughout the entire region. With Lancaster OH, Cincinnati, Detroit MI, Elkhart IN, and Indianapolis spread our the Windy City from East to West, it makes Chicago a natural hub for clubs in the Midwest. I’m excited to see what Reginald and his team bring to game day operations and preparation. They’re ready to take this next step in this journey with us in the PBA.” Commissioner Chris Terrell

Schedules for the Midwest is complete and along with the TV contract that was announced last week, the PBA today made news announcing PBA Representation. A system of helping players get registered through the Eurobasket Network and connecting them with opportunities abroad with the league’s network of FIBA agents in Countries around the World. Keep up to date with all the 411 by following the league on social @probasketballassociation

Lancaster Thunder join the Pro Basketball Association

Lancaster, Ohio  |  The Pro Basketball Association announced on Tuesday that the Lancaster Thunder have been awarded a franchise for the 2021 PBA Spring-Summer Season. The Lancaster Thunder basketball team was founded in 2018 by David Fant. Fant, a resident of Lancaster for nearly 20 years, was born in South Carolina and has been involved with basketball at many levels his entire life. He is a lifelong educator who has devoted his career to public service. The Thunder are led by coach Jamelle Cornley. Cornley has an impressive resume which includes: former Mr. Ohio Basketball, Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Penn St), NIT MVP, played pro ball on four continents, and won a championship in Puerto Rico. The Thunder will play their home games at Ohio University – Lancaster. More info about the team can be found at: www.LancasterThunderBB.com or their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

The Lancaster Thunder previously played in the Premiere Basketball League and join the Rochester Razorsharks and Buffalo Blaze that previously played in the PBL. Many of the teams in the Pro Basketball Association are the top teams from various minor leagues such as the PBL, ABA, and MBL among others. Lancaster is a suburb of Columbus approximately 37 minutes to the Southeast of the Ohio Capital. Geographically they fit in to the PBA’s Midwest Division with partner clubs of the association in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Elkhart IN, Detroit, etc.

Midwest Division – Current, pending, and proposed markets

“We’re super excited about the Lancaster Thunder. Everyone I spoke with said they’re a top flight organization on and off the court. The club is really strong in the community and has strong partners that they brand with in the area. David has assembled a first class team and his management and coaching staff is also highly regarded. We love the fit! This is what we keep talking about. One of the best of the best minor league organizations that saw the business model of the PBA coupled with the marketing and promotion of the clubs in the Association and the International respect we’re garnering from Overseas clubs… it fits with their goals of offering a quality product to the fans while also putting the players in their organization in the best position possible for advancement in their professional endeavors.” PBA Commissioner – Chris Terrell

Beltway Express joins the Pro Basketball Association

The Pro Basketball Association announced on Friday that the Beltway Express had been awarded a franchise for the 2021 Spring-Summer Season. The team ownership group is Spectrum Sports Enterprise LLC: Established by a private investment group with a common Love for Sports; from the Grassroots level to National and International play. Spectrum’s purpose is to assist in providing the format and platform for the athlete to achieve their goal. Services provided by Spectrum (but not limited): Training*Management*Mentorship*Job Placement.

“We’re really excited about adding the Beltway Express to the Northeast division this season. The Beltway is known as the area surrounding Washington DC encompassing highway 495, the Capital district, Maryland, Northern Virginia and surrounding areas. Everyone at Spectrum is next level in their preparation and professionalism. We really clicked when it came not only to their business prowess but also their platform and how that works on the basketball side. They’re all about training of players and getting them placed in great opportunities. That fits perfectly with how we’re positioning the Pro Basketball Association.”

Northeast Division – Current, pending, and proposed markets

The Pro Basketball Association is the top Spring-Summer Pro league in the United States. Currently over 50 teams Nationwide from Seattle to New York City and everywhere in between, the PBA has divisions in the Northwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, South, and Southwest and plays from May through August with playoffs in September. Salaries in the PBA are in upwards of $1500 per month for experienced overseas players and currently has many teams filling their rosters with top level guys coming home from abroad that want to keep working this summer towards NBA Summer League opportunities and lining them back up to head back overseas in the Fall. The PBA currently has 6 people in their front office with NBA Experience, and the National Director of Scouting for the PBA is current Houston Rockets Coach Antoine Broxsie. Also headed by Commissioner Chris Terrell and Deputy Commissioner Ricky Benitez the PBA has 37 years between them of coaching in first division clubs all over the World including the CBA in China, FIBA Europe, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, and all over the World including Domestic leagues like the CBA, USBL, ABA, WBA, MBL, and TBL among others. The PBA also has 17 International Scouting Directors strategically placed Globally who’s sole purpose is to scout PBA players for opportunities in their countries and those include China, Japan, Australia, France, Hungary, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican, Venezuela, and Canada among others. The league has established itself as the premiere platform for agents to get their players in a reputable league that has full 20 category box scores and quality pro looking video for every game. If you want PRO – You want the PBA.

Delco Desperados join the Pro Basketball Association

Collingdale, Pennsylvania – The Pro Basketball Association announced on Thursday that the Delco Desperados had been awarded a franchise for the 2021 PBA Spring-Summer Season. Team owner Kinji Ridley brought minor league basketball to the area having played on into the ABA playoffs this season. General Manager Chrisheena Boyd is a big part of what Kinji and have put together in Collingdale, the Eastern suburb to Philadelphia.

The PBA has specifically sought out and joined forces with many of the top clubs in the US based Minor Leagues in an effort to unify the sport at the levels below the NBA and NBA G-League in a Spring-Summer Season that features many of the top clubs domestically but also at a time of year when many of the top level Non-NBA players are returning from Overseas. The PBA plays from May-August with playoffs in September so it fits that gap when players from abroad return home and lines them back up with NBA Summer Leagues or returning back Overseas in the Fall. To date some of the best teams from the ABA, PBL, MBL, and others have joined the PBA and it will be interesting to see how they all match up. The league has two National Draft combines set for Rochester, New York this coming Saturday and Dallas, Texas the following Saturday April 3rd. From those two events the league will have it’s Draft where each organization in the PBA will have picks in the 2-round draft. The regular season opens May 1st Nationally with over 50 teams Coast to Coast.

“Kinji and Chrisheena with Delco are top notch. When you talk to teams in the minor leagues in the Northeast the Delco Desperados always seem to come up. They have a great team on the floor but equally impressive is the support staff they have off the court. From their coaches and people in the organization that really work well together to put on a professional product. Isiah Walker from the Pennsylvania Peacemakers (NE Stars and Stripes) has been instrumental in helping us identify top people and organizations for the PBA and he’s done it again with the Desperados. We’re excited about having them onboard. We’ve followed them from their playoff games with Steel City and Binghamton and they’re just a first class organization.” PBA Commissioner – Chris Terrell

Northeast Division – Current, pending, and proposed

Goldsboro Bulldogs join the Pro Basketball Association

Goldsboro, North Carolina – The Pro Basketball Association announced on Thursday that the Goldsboro Bulldogs have been awarded a franchise for the 2021 PBA Spring-Summer Season. Team owner Quasim Harris is also the owner of Harris Auto Center L.L.C. Quasim was born in Newark , New Jersey but raised in Goldsboro NC and has been a huge fan of basketball since he was a kid, with his favorite team being the Lakers . The Goldsboro Bulldogs will bring professional basketball to the city of Goldsboro, North Carolina.

The organization has coaches that are hardworking and have experience coaching from different teams and bring great leadership, and are all-around great people to build an organization with. The club already has some players with experience playing high levels of basketball, that are unselfish, and overall have a good understanding of the game. The organization has a goal to bring a championship to Goldsboro, North Carolina. The Goldsboro Bulldogs will be playing their games at Goldsboro High School this season. The area has a long history of Minor League Baseball but from our online search this appears to be the first Minor League Basketball team to make Goldsboro home. Goldsboro has a population of 35,000 people and is approximately 1 hour Southeast of Raleigh and 1 hour Northeast of Fayetteville. The community is home to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The organization will have special nights during the home schedule where Military personnel will receive discounted entry to the game.

“We’re really excited about Quasim and the Goldsboro Bulldogs. Regional Director of League Operations in the Southeast Angela Culliver has been instrumental in helping the PBA assemble a strong group of teams. Nationwide over 50 teams will compete in the PBA this Season and we’re located from Seattle, Washington to New York City and everywhere in between but North Carolina is somewhere we’ve been talking about and had front of mind for the league for sometime. They’re a perfect fit and help connect the dots between divisions for us because they geographically sit in the Southeast with partners in the Association in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, and the like but North Carolina is also bordered by the Atlantic Coast so Coastal in the sense that there is easy access up to DC and Philly in a just a few hours. North Carolina is a hotbed of high level athletes and a community that is passionate about their hometown sports teams. This is a unique opportunity for Goldsboro, for basketball fans, the men and women serving on the base, that have something that is their own on Saturday nights this Summer and that can be really magical.”

East Coast Map

Metroplex Lightning join the Pro Basketball Association

Dallas, Texas – The Pro Basketball Association announced on Tuesday that the Metroplex Lightning had been awarded a franchise in the 2021 PBA Spring-Summer season. Team owner Torrence Moody is a Chicago native but this transplant is a Dallas sports icon. For over a decade Moody, as he’s affectionately known around the DFW, has fielded some of the most competitive and prolific teams to compete at all levels. Whether it is Summer league, Pro-Am, Minor league Pro Ball, or Money Tournaments Moody and his teams have been winners in a big way on and off the court.

Recording artist Yella Beezy shown here (left) with Torrence Moody (right)

“Moody is one of those guys that’s just synonymous with high level hoops in the city. He knows everybody and everyone knows Moody. Winning a lot will do that but it’s more than that. The guy is real. He’s genuine and the players know this. He just wants to give back to the community. When he talks, people listen, because he’s been there and done that. People know he comes from the right place too. He’s one of the voices that is always echoing in my mind about the state of minor league basketball, it’s place in our community, and how we can collectively band together to make a difference through the sport. He’s always about putting his guys on that big stage and people respect that. But he’s also unafraid to speak his mind and tell it like it is… even if that’s a different view from the perceived norm. You’re going to get the real from Moody but it’s from the heart. The Pro Basketball Association is honored to have Moody and the Metroplex Lightning in the PBA and they’ll be another high power juggernaut competing in the very competitive Texas bubble in Lewisville – Sunday nights this Summer.” PBA Commissioner – Chris Terrell

In addition to Metroplex Lightning, Moody also has branded many other successful organizations including Got Dat Wurk, Core Power, and has been successful internationally, helping to bring pro teams from Japan to the States to play his organization. He’s competed and participated with or managed and owned teams in many domestic based minor leagues over the years including ABA, UBL, EBL, NABL, TBL, and MBL and many of the best players to come through North Texas have played for Moody over the years.

Brenham Purple Reign join the Pro Basketball Association

Brenham, Texas – The Pro Basketball Association announced on Tuesday that the Brenham Purple Reign had been awarded a franchise for the 2021 PBA Spring-Summer season. Team owner Michael Lewis is a sports agent with Sports Management Worldwide. In addition to the Brenham Purple Reign, Michael is also the owner of WABA Brenham Lady Reign. He is also the founder of of (HHH) Holes, Hoops, and Hope. He considers the basis for HHH idea to be a gift from God. The idea was born in 2012 when he began giving donuts and milk along with donated breakfast sandwiches from Burger King to the homeless and to churches in Downtown Houston during Thanksgiving. After running a free Friday night youth basketball sports mentoring camp with Neighborhood Centers, Inc. where he was a coach and mentor for at-risk and low income youth, Lewis developed what he said was “the faith to be able to pay it forward using the gifts that God has blessed me with”.

Michael Lewis – Owner – Brenham Purple Reign

The 61-year young energetic former basketball coach and native of the San Francisco Bay Area and pro athlete has worked in the community with various organizations including Interfaith Ministries, Meals on Wheels Seniors Program, Big Brothers and Sisters, and NAACP. He was nominated for his work in the community by the VOICE SPEAKS and is a recipient of their MAN UP AWARDS. Michael’s mission is to give young men or women a chance to attend sports camps, to provide free fitness classes for seniors, low income families, and single mothers, with a special focus on attaining educational scholarships, free health screenings and legal aid from various community organizations and mentor, groom and develop the new young business leaders and media journalists. He has 7 god-daughters ages 21  to 32 . Three who work with him on the Purple Reign Ownership Team where he is the CEO and Founder of Purple Reign Basketball Inc. He also is the Founder of Rebirth Media Networks and KRBH 97.1  in which he produces and hosts podcasts. (You can contribute to a worthy cause with HHH here holeshoopshope)

“Our mission with the Purple Reign is to uplift and become a platform for faith based minor league basketball in the Brookshire Texas and Brenham Texas  area. We are Independently owned and participate in the American  Basketball Association and Official Basketball Assocaition. Our goal is that every athlete is fully vested into spiritual training  and physical preparation for competition on and become a community ambassador off the court.” Michael Lewis

Texas – Current, pending, and proposed markets

Brenham is a little over an hour west of Houston. The Purple Reign fit right in with H-Town Astronauts (Spring, TX), Texas Tribe (Conroe, TX) and Shreveport-Bossier Knights. The Pro Basketball Association has 50 teams Nationwide from Seattle to New York City and everywhere in between and is considered by many to be the top Spring-Summer league in the United States with six current or former NBA people in the league’s front office and team management as well as 17 International Scouting Directors in 17 different Countries around the World who’s primary purpose for the PBA is to scout players for opportunities Globally. The Association begins play in May and over 17 weeks through the end of August.

Chicago Fury join the Pro Basketball Association

Chicago, Illinois – The Pro Basketball Association announced on Tuesday that the Chicago Fury had been awarded a franchise for the 2021 PBA Spring-Summer Season. Team owner Recce Carter is a 13 year ex-pro who played professionally in Europe and has won 4 championships. Upon returning to the States, after his career as a player overseas, Recce purchased the Chicago Fury franchise. The team is currently in the American Basketball Association’s Elite 8 out of 200 teams and are looking to wrap up their campaign to win the league championship.

Owner Recce Carter said “We are currently in the Elite 8 and our goal is to win the ABA Championship and then hopefully have the same success in the PBA.”

Chicago Fury – FAB 5

“We’re really excited about Recce and the Chicago Fury. They’re one of the top teams in the ABA overall and in the City of Chicago and they’ll be a terrific fit in our Midwest Division. We preach slow and moderate growth and organizations that are winners on and off the basketball court and the Fury check all those boxes. The PBA is kind of a who’s who from a number of other minor leagues and the ABA has a strong contingent of teams in the league but we also have many of the top MBL teams playing with us this Summer and some of the top teams from the PBL and other various minor leagues. We’ve acquired some other smaller leagues along the way and are fortunate to have some of the best teams Nationally come on board.”

“I think it’s really great that we can take the best of the best and work to build bridges and unite the sport at the levels below the NBA and NBA G-League. Our claim is as the top Spring-Summer Pro Basketball league in the United States and with over 50 teams Nationwide we have a lot to live up to. We have no interest in playing in the Fall-Winter season and love just being in our lane and giving organizations a way to keep the momentum on into the warmer weather where there is less competition from other Pro and Collegiate sports and when many of the best non-NBA players in the World are coming home so it’s a perfect space for us. I’m interested to see how these top clubs, who otherwise may not of been able to experience competing against one another, match up now that they’re in the same league. I know one thing, the Chicago Fury has a star studded program full of top level talent and they’re going to bring it all on game day.” PBA Commissioner – Chris Terrell

Midwest Division – Current, pending, and proposed markets

Texas Takeover joins the Pro Basketball Association

Fort Worth, Texas – The Pro Basketball Association announced on Monday that the Texas Takeover had been awarded a franchise in the PBA for the 2021 Spring-Summer Season. Team owner Derrick Newton is a military vet with over 15 years coaching AAU and Pro-Am. Having coached numerous players that have made All-State, All-Region and players that have played at the collegiate and professional levels over the years helped position the organization for success. Some of the players that have come through the program (formerly Fort Worth Elite) include Chasten King, Deondre Ray, and Norense Odiase. Odiase played at Texas Tech and for Phoenix in the NBA G-League. Some of the players currently on the roster include Raylon Howard (U of St. Marys), Bryon Cooke (Avila), and Jonathan Turner (Ranger College).

Texas Takeover will play in the bubble format held this Summer at the MAC in Lewisville, Texas featuring teams from all over North Texas including teams like the North Texas Prowlers, the F.I.R.M., DFW Just Hoops, Prymetyme, North Texas Saints, Texas Tsunami, Texas Hyenas, Dallas Kings, HoopGoon, DFW Powerhouse, Texas Admirals, Temple Hawks and Waco Terror among others. The bubble is a unique format to minor league basketball in which the participating organizations share in the game day operations costs involved with hosting a high level pro game at one facility. Covid protocols are in place and the league is able to oversee all aspects such as facility, referees, table staffing, video and full 20 category box scores, a graphics artist for promotion, door and gameday operations staffing, the book, the clock, a photographer, a DJ to give the fans an NBA experience for $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Players and coaches are accessible for media availability and will take time to meet and greet the fans after the game, sign autographs for the kids. It’s a way to do it pro and take your whole family to the game for a fun entertaining experience. We have concessions, a restaurant, seating, sponsor involvement, it’s something special that you really don’t find at this level.

South Division – Current, pending, and proposed markets

The “PRO” part of the Pro Basketball Association in the bubble? Teams vie for the door as the winner will take a 50% take of all attendance proceeds. We expect the top clubs will be paid handsomely to win games on Sunday nights and when you combine that with not having the operating costs of travel or the costs of hosting a game themselves it just makes it a no-brainer when compared to playing in another league financially. Now add to that the number of NBA and high level Overseas people involved in the PBA, 20 category box scores, full game pro looking video every game, scouts all over the World… it’s easy to figure out why the PBA has exploded onto the pro basketball scene domestically and is positioning itself as the highest level of pro basketball played domestically outside the NBA and NBA G-League. There are leagues that don’t check all these boxes and the only ones that get close are financially not comparable. In the PBA everybody wins – team owners, coaches, management, staff, players, scouts alike. If you want PRO – You want the PBA.

The Pro Basketball Association is the top Spring-Summer Pro league in the United States. Currently over 50 teams Nationwide from Seattle to New York City and everywhere in between, the PBA has divisions in the Northwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, South, and Southwest and plays from May through August with playoffs in September. Salaries in the PBA are in upwards of $1500 per month for experienced overseas players and currently has many teams filling their rosters with top level guys coming home from abroad that want to keep working this summer towards NBA Summer League opportunities and lining them back up to head back overseas in the Fall. The PBA currently has 6 people in their front office with NBA Experience, and the National Director of Scouting for the PBA is current Houston Rockets Coach Antoine Broxsie. Also headed by Commissioner Chris Terrell and Deputy Commissioner Ricky Benitez the PBA has 37 years between them of coaching in first division clubs all over the World including the CBA in China, FIBA Europe, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, and all over the World including Domestic leagues like the CBA, USBL, ABA, WBA, MBL, and TBL among others. The PBA also has 17 International Scouting Directors strategically placed Globally who’s sole purpose is to scout PBA players for opportunities in their countries and those include China, Japan, Australia, France, Hungary, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican, Venezuela, and Canada among others. The league has established itself as the premiere platform for agents to get their players in a reputable league that has full 20 category box scores and quality pro looking video for every game. If you want PRO – You want the PBA.

Ultra Instinct joins the Pro Basketball Association

Dallas, Texas – The Pro Basketball Association has announced that Ultra Instinct has been awarded a franchise in the PBA for this coming Spring-Summer Season. Team owner David Hargrow has owned teams prior and played locally in leagues such as the Rockwall league, Grapevine, Mansfield, and in the TJ League under the team name “The Humans”.

Ultra Instinct will play in the bubble format held this Summer at the MAC in Lewisville, Texas featuring teams from all over North Texas including teams like the North Texas Prowlers, the F.I.R.M., DFW Just Hoops, Prymetyme, North Texas Saints, Texas Tsunami, Texas Hyenas, Dallas Kings, HoopGoon, DFW Powerhouse, Texas Admirals, Temple Hawks and Waco Terror among others. The bubble is a unique format to minor league basketball in which the participating organizations share in the game day operations costs involved with hosting a high level pro game at one facility. Covid protocols are in place and the league is able to oversee all aspects such as facility, referees, table staffing, video and full 20 category box scores, a graphics artist for promotion, door and gameday operations staffing, the book, the clock, a photographer, a DJ to give the fans an NBA experience for $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Players and coaches are accessible for media availability and will take time to meet and greet the fans after the game, sign autographs for the kids. It’s a way to do it pro and take your whole family to the game for a fun entertaining experience. We have concessions, a restaurant, seating, sponsor involvement, it’s something special that you really don’t find at this level.

South Division – Current, pending, and proposed markets

The “PRO” part of the Pro Basketball Association in the bubble? Teams vie for the door as the winner will take a 50% take of all attendance proceeds. We expect the top clubs will be paid handsomely to win games on Sunday nights and when you combine that with not having the operating costs of travel or the costs of hosting a game themselves it just makes it a no-brainer when compared to playing in another league.