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The Winston-Salem Wolves, a minor league basketball franchise that will play the 2019 season in the East Coast Basketball League, announced today that David Solomon has been named as the head coach under a one-year agreement for the coming season. Solomon has over twenty-five years of coaching experience in high school, college and professionally with several international teams. He is a FIBA licensed coach with past coaching positions in Denmark, Venezuela and Slovakia.

“Many of the players in the ECBL are actively looking to either go back overseas to play on another professional contract, or in some cases, looking for their first contract, ” team owner Marcus Shockley said, “David has extensive experience in all levels of coaching and knows the international arena extremely well. We wanted to bring someone in who not only had the coaching experience but also the knowledge to help develop players into international prospects. David fits that need perfectly, especially for a team going into the first year.”

In regards to the agreement only being in place for the 2019 season, Shockley stated, “in an ideal world, we’d have David for several years, and we hope that will be the case. But just like the players,  a good coach is often presented with opportunities that they can’t pass up, so we’re looking at it as we’re lucky to have a high caliber coach from day one, and build from there. As a minor league team, we want to build consistency but we also realize that one of the goals of our organization is to enable our players to reach their own professional goals, and for some players, that means playing professionally outside of the United States.”

The Wolves announced their schedule earlier this week, but no roster announcements have been made. For more information about the Winston-Salem Wolves franchise, visit WSWolves.com.

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Former Wake Forest player and NBA alum Rusty Larue will be joining the advisory board for the Winston-Salem Wolves,
a minor league franchise playing in the East Coast Basketball League this season. The addition of the Wolves was announced by the league earlier this week.

The advisory board will be a key factor for the team to make sound decisions regarding personnel, business development and operations. The team has announced that open try outs are expected in early January, although some closed practices will have started before then. Additionally, the team expects to name a head coach for the 2019 season within the next few days.

Larue played basketball, baseball, and football at Wake Forest University. He later played for the Chicago Bulls team that won the 1998 NBA championship, and has remained involved in coaching at both the collegiate and high school level in recent years.

For more information on the Winston-Salem Wolves basketball organization, visit WSWolves.com

The East Coast Basketball League has announced the 2018 All-Star Rosters as they head into their conference playoff championships this weekend.

Southern Conference

Chris Moore – Prime Time Players
Terell Smith – Prime Time Players
PJ Heath – Prime Time Players
Anton Grier – Carolina Crusaders
Sam Dotson – Carolina Crusaders
Trey James – Carolina Thunder
James Richardson – Carolina Thunder
Alex Brown – Carolina Thunder
Mike Couvson – Augusta Eagles
Daniel Quarles – Augusta Eagles
Octreyvius Roebuck – SC All-Stars
James Murray – Charlotte Tribe

Northern Conference

DeShaune Greene – Hampton Roads Warriors
Caleb Henderson – Hampton Roads Warriors
Robert Pinkston – Petersburg Cavaliers
Kenard Moore – Winston-Salem Certified
Marsharee Neely – Winston-Salem Certified
Jamarr Hardy – East Carolina Cardinals
Kendall Ham – East Carolina Cardinals
Will Griffin – NC Coyotes
Corey Evans – NC Coyotes
Danny Sanders – Hickory Hoyas
Justin Glover – Hickory Hoyas
Avery Patterson – Rowan County Bulls

The ECBL All-Star Game for 2018 will be live streamed on NetCast Sports on June 30, 2018.

Winston-Salem Certified Try Outs 2017

The Winston-Salem Certified semi pro basketball team is about to enter their 3rd season in the East Coast Basketball League; any minor team that survives a single season is something to applaud, but the Certified heading into Season number three is a testament to a well-run organization. The ECBL is one of the better minor leagues in the United States, with an existing live streaming deal in place with NetCast Sports Network, an All-Star game and teams across the Southeast. Players in the Triad region looking for a shot to play at the pro level should check out the try outs, to be held on Dec 9.

Fayetteville Flight

The Fayetteville Flight of the ABA have announced their 2014-15 roster. This year the Flight will be playing in the larger Crown Arena in Fayetteville, NC.

“We are so excited about the players we have signed to our team,” said Mike Dixon, Flight’s CEO. “I believe we have the makings of a championship squad. Coach Alonzo Lunsford has assembled an incredible group of young men who will impress fans on and off the court.”

The roster includes:
1. Bruce Brown – Hampton University
2. Billy McDade – Methodist University
3. Jeff Early – Southern Illinois State
4. McKinley Bethea – SW Oklahoma State
5. Frank Young – Elizabeth City State
6. Vincent Parnell – Marlboro High School/FIBA
7. Cornell Holmes – Brunswick Community College
8. Vincent Jones Jr. – South Robeson High
9. Jesse Mitchell – Fort Bragg
10. Will Mcrae – St. Pauls High School
11. David Early – Rockbridge County
12. Jason Norman – Bluefield State
13. Jade Belt – Frostburg College
14. Dane Williams – Trinity
15. Pat Lewis – Cape Fear CC
16. Brandon Andrews – Elizabeth City
17. Keith Isbell – Lakeview High School
18. Tremaine Roberts – Elizabeth City

For more information, visit www.fayettevilleflight.org.

Basketball Ref Pro Basketball Circuit

Across the U.S., each new basketball season brings a bevy of fledgling minor league basketball teams, all looking to establish themselves in the world of semi-pro sports. Unfortunately, almost all of these teams will fold in less than one season. Some estimates place the number of failed basketball teams over the past decade as higher than 200.

For the newly forming Pro Basketball Circuit, the existing model is flawed. Minor league sports in the United States cannot draw enough attendance to support the professional model; even the NBDL, affectionately known as the ‘D-League’, cannot draw enough fan support to be considered successful, despite the fact that the league is a subsidiary of the NBA.

So what makes the PBC think they can succeed where so many have failed? For starters, the league intends to create a system where teams play tournament-style play, with several teams at a single location, eliminating much of the cost of travel that often spells doom for new franchises. The majority of minor league teams barely break even or suffer slight losses on each home game, but take it on the chin when they hit the road.

Additionally, the PBC breaks the level of play into multiple divisions, allowing teams to move up or down in competition. The PBC also will heavily manage and regulate many of the things that wreak havoc in minor leagues: scheduling, referees, transactions and rosters. Many minor league owners complain about the lack of organization among existing teams and leagues.

The league also has options for players who want to gain exposure but cannot afford to leave their current jobs and families to chase a roster spot overseas. The league is going to propose a system for those players that will allow them to band together and play in games which fit around their schedule.

While only in the early stages, it’s unclear if this new model is radically different than what has come before, and only time will tell. Players, coaches, agents and potential team owners can learn more about the PBC by visiting ProBasketballCircuit.com.

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BAKERSFIELD, August 10, 2013 – The Bakersfield Jam announced today that the team will hold five sets of open tryouts for the 2013-14 season. Tryouts will be held in Bakersfield and in its NBA affiliate markets (Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta and Salt Lake City).

The first tryout will be held in Los Angeles on September 7th and 8th, followed by Phoenix (Sept. 21-22), Salt Lake City (Sept. 28-29), Atlanta (Oct. 5-6) and Bakersfield (Oct. 12-13).

Open tryouts offer athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of Jam coaches and front office personnel while they compete to earn a position in the team’s official training camp, which is scheduled to take place in November.

Interested players should submit completed registration forms along with $150 non-refundable participation fee to the Jam office. Participants who register after the pre-registration deadline (listed on registration form) or day-of registration will be charged $200.

For registration forms and additional information, please visit bakersfieldjam.com or call 661-679-7932.

Bakersfield Jam Tryouts

JAM ANNOUNCE OPEN TRYOUT DATES
Tryouts to take place in Bakersfield and NBA Affiliate Markets (Los Angeles, Phoenix & Atlanta)

BAKERSFIELD, August 13, 2012 – The Bakersfield Jam announced today that the team will hold four sets of open tryouts for the 2012-13 season. Detailed information for all is as follows:

˜ Los Angeles Area – Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices by Wednesday, September 5; $200 for after the pre-registration deadline and day-of registration).

o Location: East Los Angeles College located at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez – C1, Monterrey Park, CA 91754.

o Registration begins at 8:30 am on September 8th; camp begins promptly at 9:45 am. Top 20 players will conclude camp with an All-Star Game on September 9th from 10 am to 12 pm.

o Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles Montebello located at 801 N. Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640. Contact Hilton at (323) 724-5900 and mention “Bakersfield Jam Tryout Camp” for a special rate.

o Any additional questions, contact Assistant Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coach, John Bryant, at (703) 801-9035 or jbryant@bakersfieldjam.com.

˜ Phoenix Area – Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices by Wednesday, September 19; $200 for after the pre-registration deadline and day-of registration).

o Location: US Airways Arena located at 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004 (Enter arena via Jackson Street).

o Registration begins at 8:30 am on September 22nd; camp begins promptly at 9:45 am. Top 20 players will conclude camp with an All-Star Game on September 23rd from 10 am to 12 pm.

o Lodging: SpringHill Suites Phoenix Downtown located at 802 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006. Contact SpringHill Suites at (602) 307-9929 and mention “Bakersfield Jam Tryout Camp” for a special rate.

o Any additional questions, contact Director of Player Personnel, Brian Levy, at (609) 731-3402 or blevy@bakersfieldjam.com.

˜ Atlanta Area – Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices by Wednesday, October 3; $200 for after the pre-registration deadline and day-of registration).

o Location: Suwanee Sports Academy located at 3640 Burnette Road, Suwanee, GA 30024

o Registration begins at 8:30 am on October 6th; camp begins promptly at 9:45 am. Top 20 players will conclude camp with an All-Star Game on October 7th from 10 am to 12 pm.

o Lodging: Comfort Suites located at 2945 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suwanee, GA, 30024.
Contact Comfort Suites at (678) 714-7707 and mention “Bakersfield Jam Tryout Camp” for a
special rate.

o Any additional questions, contact Director of Player Personnel, Brian Levy, at (609) 731-3402 or blevy@bakersfieldjam.com.

˜ Bakersfield Area – Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14:

o $150 pre-registration fee (arriving at Bakersfield Jam offices by Wednesday, October 10th; $200 for after the pre-registration deadline and day-of registration).

o Location: Bakersfield Jam Events Center located at 1400 Norris Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

o Registration begins at 8:30 am on October 13th; camp begins promptly at 9:45 am. Top 20 players will conclude camp with an All-Star game played on October 14th from 10 am to 12 pm.

o Lodging: Bakersfield Marriott located at 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Contact Marriott at (661) 565-9313 and mention “Bakersfield Jam Tryout Camp” for a special rate.

o Any additional questions, contact Director of Player Personnel, Brian Levy, at (609) 731-3402 or blevy@bakersfieldjam.com

Open tryouts offer athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of NBA Development League coaches while they compete to earn a position in the team’s official training camp, which is scheduled to take place in mid-November.

Applicants must be eligible to play in the NBA Development League and are required to pre-register by submitting the official tryout registration form, player release and eligibility form, disclosure and background check forms, credit card authorization form (if paying by credit card), along with a $150 nonrefundable fee. Tryout forms are available online (www.bakersfieldjam.com). Completed forms and entry fee must be mailed (Bakersfield Jam. Attn: Tryout Camp. 1400 Norris Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308) or faxed (661-615-6555) to secure a spot in the tryout camp. Participants who register after the pre-registration deadline or day-of registration will be charged $200.

By Marcus Shockley

Little Rock Lightning Logo

The Little Rock Lightning, a new ABA franchise based in Arkansas, is beginning the work for their first season. With tryouts already scheduled for July 16-17, 2011, Bernard Brown, one of the team’s owners, is looking forward to the new endeavor. “We’re probably going to have a couple more tryouts,” says Brown, who is also networking in the Arkansas area to ensure that players are aware of the new opportunity.

The Lightning are not associated with the former ABA team that was located in the Arkansas area in 2004, the Rim Rockers. This team is a completely new team, but Brown is hoping to repeat something that the Rim Rockers did, which was bring some former Arkansas Razorbacks to the roster. The team hasn’t designated a coaching staff yet, as the season does not start until December 2011, but they are already working in the community.

Normally the Lightning expect to play between 30-35 games, but the schedule is still being determined. We will be featuring more information and follow ups with the team as they begin tryouts and of course, follow the team as they kick off their inaugural season.

Basketball Elite is proud to be a media partner for the the Little Rock Lightning and wish them much success in the coming year.

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Heartland Prowl

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it will add a team in Cleveland, Texas beginning in the 2011 season. “We are very pleased to add another excellent organization to our Gulf Coast Division,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “The two owners, Kevin Franklin and Leonard Eythell have excellent sports and business backgrounds. They know what it takes to operate a successful sports organization and have already begun the process getting ready for next season.”

The co-owner and head coach of TEAM HAVOC will be Kevin Franklin. Prior to beginning his career in coaching, Kevin was a well rounded athlete and has working in coaching at Boston College, Northeastern University, Salem State College and University of Mass at Salen. He was also a highschool basketball coach and AAU coach in Massachusetts, Indianapolis IN and Houston TX and a collegeiate player in basketball/baseball at LeMoyne-Owen College. He was assistant coach/recruiter for Endicott College baseball and assistant coach/recruiter at Newbury Jr. Colldge where they were ranked #3 in the nation. He was also head coach/offensive coordinator of the semi-pro Indianapolis Panthers football team….”and now, with all the blessings of hard work and help along the way, I’m now the new co-owner/head coach of the professional ABA basketball Team Havok. I couldn’t have asked for more,” stated Frankline. “I’d like to give special thanks to my wife Alberta, who is from Cleveland TX and my son KIhristian.”

The other co-owner is Leonard Eythell, a native of Houston TX who moved to Huntsville TX where he played for the Huntsville Hornets basketball team. Leonard will also serve as Asst Coach. After attending Sam Houston State University for two years, he joined the US Navy and became a Dental Technician. While stationed in Sigonella Sicily, he was a shooting guard on the US Navy basketball team. Upon his return to the US, Leonard was stationed in San Diego before returning to Houston and started his own business. “As co-owner and assistant coach of Team Havok, I look forward to many wonderful seasons in the ABA,” stated Leonard. “I would like to thank my family for supporting me during this wonderful opportunity and may this be the start of a great future with the ABA.” For more information, contact Kevin Franklin at 832 767 9000 or email eyewirshut@yahoo.com or contact Eythell Leonard at eythell1@yahoo.com or call 832 724 8937 or visit www.abalive.com.

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