League expands to nine teams for 2015 season; owners approve transition to FIBA competition rules - Dec 10, 2014
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After completing its first season in May 2014, under a new league name and management structure, the Central Basketball Association (CBA) announced today an expansion of its member teams for the upcoming 2015 season. Three new organizations, the Indianapolis Briks, Mississippi Eagles, and Springfield Sentinels, will join six CBA teams from last season: Bowling Green Hornets, Chattanooga Rail Runners, Fort Wayne Flite, Memphis Soul Kings, Middle Tennessee Storm, and Peoria Panthers. The St. Louis Hawks, who played in the league last season, have deferred membership for this season, as they undergo organizational restructuring. The nine teams in the CBA, who are scheduled to play each other once during the regular season, come from eight major media markets in five different states in the central portion of the United States. Additionally, the CBA received interest from ownership groups from the following markets, and shall continue to vet them for potential membership in the league for future seasons: Chicago, Clarksville, Columbus, Des Moines, Huntsville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Lexington, Little Rock, Louisville, Milwaukee, and South Bend. The 2015 CBA regular season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 28 and will conclude on Sunday, May 10. Each team will play eight regular season games, including four games at home and four games on the road. The post-season knockout tournament, which will consist of the top-eight teams in the league, will be held across two weekends in Fort Wayne, Indiana, specifically at the McMillen Center, which also serves as the practice facility site for the 2014 NBA D-League champions, Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The quarter-final games will be held on May 16 and May 17, the semi-final games on May 30, and the league championship game on May 31. Last season, in the four-team post-season format, the second-seeded Middle Tennessee Storm won the 2014 CBA title, defeating fourth-seeded St. Louis in the championship game in Nashville. The top-seeded Chattanooga Rail Runners were the winningest team in the regular season; however, were eliminated in the semi-finals of the playoffs. The Fort Wayne Flite, who were also defeated in the semi-finals, were the third-seeded team; while the Bowling Green Hornets, Memphis Soul Kings, and Peoria Panthers failed to qualify for the tournament. The complete regular season schedule for the 2015 season is set to be released on Dec. 16. In addition to the league expansion to nine teams, the CBA also announced the transition to competition operating under International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules and regulations. Prior to this change in format, the league had engaged in competition involving rules consistent to those of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Key components of FIBA-standard games, which differ from NBA regulations, include: four ten-minute quarters, five personal-foul limit, alternating possession rules, and five timeouts per game. The switch to the FIBA competition format is expected to help aspiring athletes in the league to transition easily to the international style, once they receive opportunities to play abroad after the CBA season. Throughout the eight-week CBA season, athletes that have completed their collegiate basketball eligibility, engage in competition between member teams, wherein video and statistical analysis is performed for every league player. From the performance in these games, in conjunction with networking and player marketing between the league and various international clubs and scouts, top athletes in the CBA are given the opportunity to try out for a number of professional teams across the globe with the goal of ultimately earning a lucrative contract. As the fastest-growing minor league basketball organization in the United States, the CBA consisted of nearly 100 former collegiate athletes in the league last season, as well as being responsible for 21 international contracts offered to its players, including 15 in the last four months. Furthermore, through various league-sponsored opportunities in the off-season, two CBA players were selected at high draft positions within the Canadian and Mexican professional basketball league drafts this year. The CBA looks to build on this past year's success by providing greater opportunities for its players to advance their basketball careers and achieve their dreams of playing professional basketball at an elite level. Courtesy of: playcba.com
Al Ansar Medina (SBL) signed 28-year old American guard Greg Foster (188-84kg-89, college: Saginaw Valley). He played last summer at Fort Wayne Flite (CBA) in the U.S. Foster helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted USBasket.com All-CBA Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. The previous (2014) summer he played at another team Diesels in U.S. semi-pro league PBL where in 16 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.9apg (top 4) and 1.4spg... [read more]
Al Ansar Medina (SBL) signed 28-year old American guard Greg Foster (188-84kg-89, college: Saginaw Valley). He played last summer at Fort Wayne Flite (CBA) in the U.S. Foster helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted USBasket.com All-CBA Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. The previous (2014) summer he played at another team Diesels in U.S. semi-pro league PBL where in 16 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.9apg (top 4) and 1.4spg in 2014 season. Foster contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Two years ago (three years after he left the college) Foster was drafted by Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) as #4 pick overall. He attended Saginaw Valley State University (NCAA Div.II) until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball. Foster is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), IBL (Portland C.), PBL (Indiana D.), UBA (Cleveland Havok) and ABA (Indy Naptown All Stars and Sugar Land L.).
One hundred days away from the start of the league's fifth year, as the CBA unveils 2017 season schedule - 3 months ago
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As the Central Basketball Association prepares for the start of its fifth year in approximately one hundred days, the league has revamped its lineup of member teams for the upcoming season, with an even greater emphasis on competitive, financial, and organizational strength. Three new teams have joined the league for the 2017 season, in the form of Baltimore, Washington, and Illinois, while Peoria, Springfield, Columbus, and Memphis have been left off next year's lineup of participating c... [read more]
As the Central Basketball Association prepares for the start of its fifth year in approximately one hundred days, the league has revamped its lineup of member teams for the upcoming season, with an even greater emphasis on competitive, financial, and organizational strength. Three new teams have joined the league for the 2017 season, in the form of Baltimore, Washington, and Illinois, while Peoria, Springfield, Columbus, and Memphis have been left off next year's lineup of participating clubs. After engaging in last month's annual league meetings at the Under Armour Headquarters in Baltimore, this year's eight member teams have begun preparations behind-the-scenes to ensure cooperation, growth, and success on and off the court. The 2017 season is set to begin March 25, with the seven-week regular season concluding on May 7, followed by the postseason knockout tournament held during the weekend of May 20-21 in Danville, Ill. Each team will continue to play the traditional eight-game league schedule, with four games at home and four games on the road, followed by the top-four teams advancing to the playoffs. Critical matchups during the season will occur within the long-distance trips throughout the season. In the first half of the season, Mississippi, Baltimore, and Washington will have road games in Illinois and Indiana. In the latter half of the season, the defending league champion and runner-up, Fort Wayne and Middle Tennessee, respectively, will fly to the East Coast to play in Maryland and the District of Columbia, while Illinois and Indianapolis travel south to compete in Kentucky and Tennessee. League players that make the final rosters for the respective CBA teams, will have their respective registration process with the league begin on February 15, as well. They will earn the opportunity to participate in the 2017 season, as well as the opportunity to be involved in the 2017-2018 CBA Global Opportunities Program in the offseason. Next year's international opportunities are scheduled to include Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. In the last three years, over 150 players have been provided an opportunity by the CBA to participate in basketball competition on international soil in over 30 nations, including 13 players in the past year within the league's CBA Brazil initiative. With the league's current partnership with Under Armour to schedule to grow further for the upcoming season, as well as forthcoming announcements of partnerships with additional major brands, the CBA is continuing to be at the forefront in the revolution of the minor league basketball industry. Courtesy of: playcba.com
New set of league players en route to South America to participate in CBA Brazil competition - 3 months ago
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In the fall of 2015, the Central Basketball Association, as part of its CBA Global Opportunities Program traveled to South America to initiate the beginning of the CBA Brazil project - a league initiative allowing for the bilateral exchange of players between the United States and Brazil. Following the inaugural trip, in which eight players participated in the week-long set of exhibition games in Rio de Janeiro, five individuals were offered opportunities to play competitively in South Am... [read more]
In the fall of 2015, the Central Basketball Association, as part of its CBA Global Opportunities Program traveled to South America to initiate the beginning of the CBA Brazil project - a league initiative allowing for the bilateral exchange of players between the United States and Brazil. Following the inaugural trip, in which eight players participated in the week-long set of exhibition games in Rio de Janeiro, five individuals were offered opportunities to play competitively in South America, ultimately resulting in three athletes traveling to Brazil to kickstart the CBA Brazil campaign. Over a year later, two more CBA players are on their way to South America, as a pair of former Springfield teammates are scheduled to begin competition in Sao Paulo this weekend. Former Carl Sandburg University product, and 6-foot point guard, Shaun Manney (6'0''-G-90, college: Carl Sandburg JC), played the last two seasons in the league, with his top performance during the 2015 campaign, where he averaged 11.8 points per game, 5.3 assists per game, and 5.1 rebounds per game. The Chicago-native, Manney, also held the record for most assists in a playoff game with 14 in a quarterfinal loss against Bowling Green in 2015. Pairing up with Manney is 6-foot-4 small forward, St. Louis-native, Levi Smith (6'4''-F-87, college: Florissant Vl.CC), who led Springfield this past season averaging 14.9 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game, including scoring in double-digits in all seven games he played in 2016. This will be Smith's first international opportunity, as is the case with Manney. The two players will be the first group of athletes heading to Brazil for the 2016-2017 CBA Brazil season, as more CBA players are expected to travel to South America in the coming months. To date, there have been five players who have received opportunities to play in Brazil since the inaugural trip in 2015, and over nearly 160 CBA players that have been given the chance to play on international soil since 2013. Courtesy of: playcba.com
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