These 5 awards all have significant value in its own way. All players want these awards and although the ultimate prize is the UBA Title, these awards showcase outstanding and overachieving individual efforts. With all the talent entering the league this season here are my predictions for the 2012-13 season.
Most Valuable Player Defensive Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Most Improved Player Coach of the Year Sixth Man of the Year
Honestly, the easiest award to figure out is coaching. Although there are good coaches in the UBA who will improve their respective teams this season, no one will deserve this award more than Mr. Douglas. The man has had a hell of an off-season. From convincing Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) and Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) to play for one more years together, and then losing Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Morgan St.) & George Akpele (6'10''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Grambling St.) to the Southern Generals, to then drafting Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Youngstown St.) and trading for James "Harden" Williams, it is honestly shocking to me that this team will be the Top team in the League this season, but they will be. Anyone, and I mean anyone, who can control the personality of Jonathan Simpson (6'8''-C/F, college: Clark Atlanta), while still clinging onto both Barnes and Williams (on MVP levels), while also compiling one of the most solid drafts this off-season, is a phenomenal coach. This, however, goes without saying, considering we all know how outstanding of a coach D.J. is. This team fought, and won it's 3rd UBA championship last season. Let's not forget the great offseason signing of Brian Kelly. Kelly has proven toughness and is a great rebounder. Expect Jermaine Barnes to take full control of this team when he returns from injury, and with a deeper bench and true Sixth Man in James Williams (6'3''-G/F-87, college: Victory) to lead the way, this GIE team has improved. Very quietly, but they have. D.J. Douglas , this season, will prove to the UBA why he deserves the honor of being named Coach of the Year.
Crain is everything you want in a Combo Guard: great defender, passer, and scorer. Hes fast and plays with a chip on his shoulder. It helps Crain that he has been drafted into a situation where the PRIME are looking for that go to guy when DeAndre Bray, arguably the best PG in the UBA, is having an off night. This will help Crain in more ways than one. For one, it will result in wins, something that helps your resum when running for any individual award. Secondly, he plays with an All-Star player he can go to for assists and second chance points, something the other star rookies such as Quin Humphrey & David Brown (6'5''-F-88, college: Clark Atlanta) do not have. Crain has already shown the UBA what he is all about in his MVP off season in the SEBL Pro Am, going over 30 points and 10 assists. With the PRIME having a good mix of shooters and slashers, Crain will be able to run the offense fluently for Georgia, causing him to put up very impressive numbers, as well as get wins along the way. My projections for the rookie out of VSU are 22 PPG, 5.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, and a Rookie of the Year trophy to hang in his trophy case.
Hard not to give this award to Omotayo, he is the reigning Import Player of the Year. He averaged a career best 14.6ppg and 5 rebounds. And who could forget his breakout performance in the UBA Finals dropping a team high 24 points and 9 rebounds. Now that James Williams is back with GIE, the Titans have opened up shape for the Swingman to breakout in 2013.
Toughest award to pick. So many players are willing to have breakout years, such as James "Harden" Williams did last season. I'm going to go with what I think is a safe pick in King. If he can adapt to Tony Omotayo and Tay Barber (6'0''-G-86, college: Life), and I think he will, and have an athletic big to run the floor with him, Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia), this should finally get King adjusted to running a SG-role. Tough role to get used to, but I think he will adjust this season. His improved passing and court-vision, to go along with his outstanding scoring ability, will result in a great year for King, and a huge step for the UBA runner-ups. King has the ability to average 20 points per game this season with the role Mike Dennis will have for him. .
What more can Ransom do for the Spartans? He was named Usbasket.com All-UBA Defensive 1st Team and led the Assault to the 2nd best record in the South.. The only thing missing from one of the UBAs best defenders would be A Defensive Player of the Year award. Last season he averaged an impressive 14.0ppg 10.2rpg and 2.5 steals. I predict the same numbers on defense with more offense.
This award is a shoe-in if you ask me. What more could you ask for out of a player coming off the bench. UBA fans know what James Williams is capable of doing: scoring, and very quickly, strong with great jumping ability. The main problem with Williams is that he plays on GIE. We watched Williams go from a 8th man of GIE with an average of 8ppg. Last season joining the Atlanta Titans and having a season to remember. Williams averaged a career best 20.8ppg along with being named a UBA All-Star and Usbasket.com All-UBA Most Improved Player.
My Bold Prediction is this one. I love Jermaine Barnes game, but it's time for a new UBA MVP. Don't get me wrong, Jermaine Barnes will play great this season, but Terence Morris is a dominant big man playing with two UBA All-stars that are willing to sacrifice there games for a chance at a title helps. With the Express having the shooters they have (Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma), Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Coll.) and Kenneth Henderson (6'7''-F-82, college: Texas Arlington)), the inside-outside game for Houston is going to thrive. Terence Morris has NBA experience to go along with big time Eruopiean awards. There is no reason that he wouldn't come to the UBA and dominate every major category along with possibly winning a UBA title. Overall, Morris is the most valuable player to a team in the league, and thats why he is my MVP.
David Walls Report 7/25/2016 A potential rival for the Southern Conference will hit the court during the ninth season of the Universal Basketball Association this winter. The UBA announced its newest expansion franchise would be in the Georgia Vipers, which includes Atlanta, Midtown, Buckhead and its surrounding townships, as the UBA Board of Governors voted unanimously last week to accept the application of the new ownership group. The Georgia Vipers was purchased by coaching legend Ant... [read more]
David Walls Report 7/25/2016
A potential rival for the Southern Conference will hit the court during the ninth season of the Universal Basketball Association this winter. The UBA announced its newest expansion franchise would be in the Georgia Vipers, which includes Atlanta, Midtown, Buckhead and its surrounding townships, as the UBA Board of Governors voted unanimously last week to accept the application of the new ownership group. The Georgia Vipers was purchased by coaching legend Antonio Barnes .
"We are about trying to live out our dreams by becoming more hands on involved with the community and also trying to get better financially stable", said owner Barnes.
The UBA was founded in 2009 and has become a power in the minor leagues. The Vipers team will be the sixth team in the Southern Division, with GIE Maile Matrix, Georgia PRIME along with Atlanta Legends the natural rival. The Southern Conference has dominated the UBA for the pass nine years. The South has won 8 of the 9 UBA titles along with every all-star game. The UBA also continues to build and expand internationally.
"I came to the UBA because its considered the best program in Atlanta and we like to compete with the very best", said Barnes. I like the way the league is ran and all the international placement that goes on with the company.
The Ballers will open their season December 3, 2016 in the 4th Annual UBA Classic Presented by Chick Fil A. The game will be covered on TSW Sports (www.tswone.com).
David Walls Report 7/17/2016 The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), fresh from a record breaking attendance in the recently concluded 2015-2016 ABL Finals, has announced today that a team from the UBA minor league will be joining the league starting this 2016-2017 season. The team will be known as the Kaohsiung Truth. Playing out of Kaohsiung City, a special municipality in the southwest of Taiwan, the team is in the midst of creating history as there has never been a professional Christia... [read more]
David Walls Report 7/17/2016
The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), fresh from a record breaking attendance in the recently concluded 2015-2016 ABL Finals, has announced today that a team from the UBA minor league will be joining the league starting this 2016-2017 season. The team will be known as the Kaohsiung Truth.
Playing out of Kaohsiung City, a special municipality in the southwest of Taiwan, the team is in the midst of creating history as there has never been a professional Christian ministry basketball team. They will also be the first team outside of the Southeast Asia region to join the league.
The Kaohsiung Truth is primarily backed by The Truth Network, a group of Christian Radio Stations in the United States that broadcasts and streams live, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
'We've been putting this project together for about a year with the realization that we can use the sport of basketball as a platform to tackle the issues related to the 10/40 window,' said Stu Epperson, Team Owner of the Kaohsiung Truth. He added: 'Being accustomed to this beautiful country and having the basketball background that we do, we wanted to create opportunities to share God's love with other countries and communities.'
The lone team from Taiwan has already enlisted several players to bolster their squad for the upcoming season - Americans 7'2 James Tyler and 6'8' Chris Oliver and Taiwanese players 6'7 Carlos Andrade, 6'3 Wesley Hsu (6'3''-G/F-84, college: Elon), and 6'3 Sabatino Chen. They are also looking to sign players from Kaohsiung to boost their team and give it the much needed local flavor.
'We welcome the Kaohsiung Truth to the ABL family with open arms,' said ABL Chief Operations Officer Jericho Ilagan. 'Adding a team from outside of the Southeast Asia region is a step towards the right direction to further strengthen the sport of basketball.'
The Winston Savage-Truth ranked 3rd in the UBA last season. They advanced to the 2016 UBA semi finals before being eliminated by the Oklahoma Outlaws.
"This is what the UBA is all about", said Travis McAvene . We focus on international groth and placement. This addition to the ASEAN proves the hard work of our league office.
Sometimes players beat the odds at the minor league level and stay determined to be successful! Brandon Evans (6'3''-G/F-85) (6'1''-G) of the Central Indiana Southern Indiana Seminoles is a prime example. Two years ago, Brandon Evans was found playing in Anderson, Indiana on a cold February Saturday night by Coach Travis McAvene. During this time, Brandon Evans was playing for the Anderson Legends which was an unknown local minor league team. 'Brandon was the most competitive player in t... [read more]
Sometimes players beat the odds at the minor league level and stay determined to be successful!
Brandon Evans (6'3''-G/F-85) (6'1''-G) of the Central Indiana Southern Indiana Seminoles is a prime example. Two years ago, Brandon Evans was found playing in Anderson, Indiana on a cold February Saturday night by Coach Travis McAvene. During this time, Brandon Evans was playing for the Anderson Legends which was an unknown local minor league team. 'Brandon was the most competitive player in the gym when I first noticed him as a player, said Travis McAvene . He played with an attitude and outworked everyone playing in the gym that night, added Travis McAvene. Later that summer, Brandon Evans was added to the Gem City Gem City Slam for the 2014 UBA playoffs.
Here we are two years later and Brandon Evans was recently named 2016 UBA Northern Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Evan's Central Indiana Southern Indiana Seminoles were also 2016 Northern Conference Champions in their first year of minor league basketball in the UBA!
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