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Old 15-07-2011, 11:44 AM   #1
Default Other Minor Pro, Um, "Bush" Leagues

This is where I'll discuss the other minor leagues in North America that don't already have threads. And even discuss defunct ones from a while ago. This is just a start of what's to come here.

The IBA is coming back at least in name with the Battle Creek Knights leaving the IBL for this.

Buffalo Stampede actually joined the ACPBL from the PBL. As did the Washington GreenHawks but ceased operations in mid-December.
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Old 19-07-2011, 10:44 AM   #2

The teams in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League are:

True Hope Trailblazers (former ABA franchise)
Bay Area Shuckers
Beltway Bombers
Buffalo Stampede (former PBL team)
Garden State Rebels (former EBA team)
Hartford Lightning
Hudson Valley Kingz
New York Lions
North Jersey Pros (former EBA team)
The Destroyers (former EBA & NPBL team)
Westchester Wildkatz

The Washington GreenHawks were replaced by the Tri-City Suns, another former ABA team, this completed season. the Virginia Avengers were originally supposed to take the place of the Greenhawks but couldn't do it due to the fact of failing to secure a home venue in time. As the name suggests, this is a league of teams based in the mid-Atlantic region. Bay Area, Hartford, Hudson Valley, New York, and Washington are all original teams in this league. The league's first title belonged to the Tru Hope Trailblazers in March over the Garden City Rebels in a close one 97-96. Both teams finished the season with 11-3 as their records atop the standards.

Texas Wranglers ended up winning the United Basketball League, joining the Dallas Mavericks as the pro basketball champs from Texas. In fact, the Wranglers sent a couple of players to the Dallas Mavericks summer pro league and another to the NBDL. The Wranglers won over the Arkansas Warriors in what resulted from a Final Four-like format with the Tulsa Tornadoes and the Mississippi Tornadoes that determined the playoff field with Tulsa and Springfield earlier playing for the wildcard. Another regional minor pro league. This time more in the Southwest involving Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Games started in February.

Eastern Basketball Alliance announced a new franchise in New York for next season called the Jaguars to help build a rivalry with the New York Wizards, Hudson Valley Hype, and the Brooklyn Pride. The Metropolitan All-Stars took the EBA crown. Games are played on weekends stretching out in four months. Several former franchises left the league for other ones like the ACPBL. Teams currently in are:

Harrisburg Horizon Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Manny Weaver Gym
Hudson Valley Hype Pine Bush, New York Pine Bush High School
New York Wizards Deer Park, New York Robert Frost Middle School

Carolina Gladiators Fayetteville, North Carolina Crown Center Arena
Maryland Marvels Severna Park, Maryland Severn School
Metropolitan All-Stars Capitol Heights, Maryland Central High School
Nova Hawks Chantilly, Virginia Hoop Magic Sports Academy
Old Dominion Mustangs Roanoke, Virginia Lucy Addison Middle School
Washington Madness District Heights, Maryland Capital Sports Complex
Winchester Storm Winchester, Virginia
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:35 AM   #3

Another regional semi-pro basketball league lies in the Pacific Northwest. The National Athletic Basketball League completed its first official season last year with all of its franchises in that area, mostly in and around the Seattle-Tacoma vicinity and Portland. Teams are: Portland Showtime, Seattle Aviators, Snohomish County Explosion, Salem Stampede, Seattle Flight, Tacoma Thunder, and Tualatin Rainmakers. There was the Seattle Mountaineers involved but the amateur team was removed and since left for the ABA. Portland won the first league over Salem in a very high-scoring game 160-140. The league's schedule is supposed to be a 15-game one, but some teams don't even go that far to play them. So it starts to resemble a bit, when you look at the standings, like the typical ABA standings. Only Salem and Snohomish County played 15 games.

And it just got itself a new commissioner...

NABL announced Tyrone White as new Commissioner - May 15, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

After the first and successful year for the league, the National Athletic Basketball League announced Tyrone White as the new leader of the NABL. White is a Portland area legendary player out of famed Jefferson High School. Tyrone who goes by 'Ty' is the current owner of the Portland Showtime and Troutdale All-Stars along with the duties of running the league. Nathan Mumm and Joe Becerra are the founders of the NABL with the first season of play in the 2010 season. This league is the first of its type with the creation of the first owner controlled minor basketball league that enables the owners to vote on all aspects of the business. The 2011 season is just around the corner and look forward to high action and great competition in the NABL for 2011 season.
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Old 27-10-2011, 09:28 AM   #4

ACPBL announces the addition of the Hartford Lightning - Jul 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) has officially added the Hartford Lightning to the leagues line-up of teams for the upcoming 2011-2012, season.
Peter Higgins, the CEO of the world famous greater Hartford Pro-AM tournament has been named director of operations and marketing for the Hartford Lightning professional basketball team. Joining him in the front office is team general manager Kyle Wright and team vice president Peter Fischer. The first head coach in Hartford Lightning team history will be none other then local legendary coach Izzy Caro. Malcolm Yelling will serve as the top assistant coach under Caro.

For years now, the best players in the world have arrived to play in the Hartford Pro-AM, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz . When Hartford Pro-AM CEO Peter Higgins sits down with Wright, Fischer and Caro, this could very well end up being the most talented team in ACPBL history.

For more information on the Hartford Lightning please visit

Miles Injury - Aug 2, 2011 (by Justin Moore)

Beltway Bombers took a hard hit during the off season with Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American) tearing his achilles tendon during a summer league game last month. Steven has been in the pro ranks for the past 5 years with stints in ireland and in the EBA with the Alexandria Avengers and this past two seasons with the bombers in the ACPBLfor one. Steve notified me that he will be back in April, but it will be hard to tell ' I took a shot next thing i know it was like someone kicked me said miles steve was playing in one of alexandria's top summer leagues the Gum springs league we wish steve a speedy recovery!!!!!!!!!

Buffalo Warriors added to ACPBL - Aug 11, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) is pleased to announce that it has added the Buffalo Warriors for the upcoming 2011-2012 ACPBL season.
The Buffalo Warriors have appointed former Buffalo Stampede professional basketball player Terrence Dill as the teams Co-General Manager. Terrence Dill is a basketball legend back in his native land of Bermuda. Franklin Jackson (G), another well known basketball player on the Buffalo, NY scene will serve as the other Co-General Manager for the Warriors. Dill is a talented basketball player with strong business and basketball connections in both Bermuda and the United States, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz . Combined with regional/local player knowledge of Franklin Jackson, this could turn out to be a playoff bound team in just their first season on the pro basketball circuit.

For more information on the Buffalo Warriors visit

NYC teams will be more prevalent in the ACPBL next season...

Former NY Knicks Coach will coach ACPBL Manhattan Pride - Aug 11, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) is pleased to announce that it has added the Manhattan Pride for the upcoming 2011-2012 ACPBL season.
The Manhattan Pride have appointed former New York Knicks (NBA) assistant coach Cliff Morgan as the teams first ever head coach. Cliff Morgan served as a NBA assistant coach for the New York Knicks under coach Don Chaney, hall of fame coach Lenny Wilkins, general manager Scott Layden and another NBA hall of fame guy in Isiah Thomas.
The Manhattan Pride have named William Modeste the teams first ever General Manager. William Modeste is a former NCAA basketball star at NYU-POLY and the current varsity mens head basketball coach at Brooklyn Friends School.

With the NBA lock out looming, I think this may be one of many NBA coaches who start to trickle into the ACPBL, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz. Watch out for the Manhattan Pride, Cliff Morgan and William Modeste have the experience to MAKE IT HAPPEN!
For more information on the Manhattan Pride please visit, the Manhattan Pride team website is currently under construction and will be made available next week.

New York City 524 joins ACBPL - Aug 27, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) is pleased to announce that it has added the New York City 524 for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
The successful New York City real estate investor Brian Graham will own the New York City 524. They are currently finalizing the teams venue lease agreement and the venue information will be made public very soon.

'The top owners and teams are lining up to play in the ACPBL', stated ACPBL commissioner James Schutz. 'We have raised the bar for all of minor league professional basketball and the best of the best want to be a part of this'.

The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League has recently finalized two national league sponsors that are now able to influx large quantities of money into the individual ACPBL teams through revenue sharing.

For more information on the New York City 524 please visit or contact

New York City 524 adds guard Arnell Milton - Sep 8, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

New ACPBL team based in New York City announced the agreement with 6-0 guard Arnell Milton, out from Washington & Jefferson College, also known as 'Mega Man'. Milton is a solid, well respected and recognized player throughout NYC courts. He is the first player signed ever in New York City 524 history.

Two other signings from New York City 524 - Sep 13, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The new ACPBL, NY based team continues its signing barrage on New York City by agreeing to terms with Aaron Collins and Kurt Cuffy. Both players are well known in the NYC basketball scene for their defensive skills and the abilty to win. But the two players are both coming from overseas. Collins (6'0'-G) hails from Leeds, United Kingdom, is better known as 'muff' and has earn his stripes on the courts of NY. This season he looks to bring his talents the fast growing ACPBL. Cuffy (6'7'-F) is a Trinadadian born power forward in the last few years has taken the New York City scene by storm.

Dodd joins New York City 524 - Sep 20, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Brian Graham , owner of ACBPL team New York City 524, told to his team has just agreed to terms with ACPBL past season All-Star Gamer Michael Dodd (6'4''-G/F-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Hunter). Thanks to his shooting skills, Dodd, who is a Queens, NY native, is a great addition to the 524 attack.
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Old 27-10-2011, 09:31 AM   #5

Bombers loading up for season - Sep 27, 2011 (by Justin Moore)


Coach Chaz Dudley and his Beltway Bombers are always one of the most talented professional basketball teams in the country, but ths upcoming ACPBL season, they are really loaded. The Bombers are entering this 2011-2012 ACPBL season returning 5 out of their 8 all-stars from last season; ACPBL MVP and Player of the Year Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80) ACPBL leading scorer Marcus Fisher (6'4''-G/F-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management), Ed Jones (6'7''-F-86, college: N.Carolina A&T), Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T) and Camontae Griffin (5'9''-G-86, college: St.Mary's, MD). Last season all-star Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Rhode Island) is playing overseas, Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American) is on injured reserve, and 5-10 PG Joe Flegler is playing in Canada.

The Bombers are also returning Chris Darnell (6'9''-F/C-86, college: William & Mary), Rogers Barnes (6'2''-G-86, college: Morgan St.), Darrian Lee (6'5''-G-78, college: Goucher Perry King (6'0''-G, college: St.Bonaventure), G Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.) and Keith Gray (6'8''-C-80, college: American). Coach Chaz also signed and/or has committed to training camp; Johndre Jefferson (6'9''-F), Lawrence Felder (6'9''-C-76, college: Salem Intern.), Arbry Butler (6'8''-F), Stanley Jones (6'10''-C/F-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion), Antwi Atuahene (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona St.), Nate Flowers (6'5''-F-87), 5-11 PG Rahmmel Fishback, 6-5 G/F Chris Grant (6'2''-G), 6-10 F Chris Karlheim, Kyle Cannon (6'8''-F-86), Tremayne Russell (6'1''-G-8, Anthony Williams (6'2''-G-79, college: Pfeiffer), 6-3 G Marcus Ashton, Jonathan Hart (6'6''-F-86, college: UNC Pembroke), Lex James (6'10''-C-84, college: Bridgeport), Anderson Labase (5'11''-G, college: Queens, NY), Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) and Patrick Behan (6'8''-F-87, college: Bucknell).

Going into his 19th year of coaching pro, with over 640 wins and 44 championships, the well known and respected Owner and Head Coach of the Bombers is looking forward to training camp and opening night on December 3rd. Known for his very grueling and physical training camps, along with his up-tempo style and intense defense, Coach will have a lot of pro talent from which to choose from. 'Our two training camps in October and November will allow me to evaluate assorted talent and add the final players to my roster. Being that we don't have tryouts, our initial training camp will enable me to invite specific players to veteran camp.

The Bombers ACPBL season opens on Saturday night December 3rd, with a home game vs a new team in the league; Bay Area Shuckers. Seems that the Shuckers had requested in the off-season to play the Bombers for their first game. Being a new franchise, I'm not sure if the Shuckers really are aware of the Bombers pro talent level, intensity and championship resume. Coach Chaz commented that 'they will get to know us on December 3rd. Seems their off-season enthusiasm prompted those comments. Be careful what you wish for. Every team has a game-plan until the buzzer sounds and they get hit. My players and I are very much looking forward to welcoming them to the league on opening night.' With the Bombers averaging over 160 points per game, and with several players in every top ACPBL statistical category, the Shuckers definitely need to be ready on December 3rd.

Enterprise join ACPBL, the league continues East Coast take over ! - Sep 28, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League announced that it has added a new team, named The Enterprise for the upcoming 2011-2012 ACPBL season. The Enterprise will be based out of Philadelphia, PA.

After a successful first pro season last year in a different league (the team was named South Jersey Enterprise), The Enterprise ownership felt it was time to make the leap to the big time (ACPBL). 'We decided on the ACPBL because of the overall leadership from the league office', stated Enterprise owner Avery Watkins . 'As well as the talented teams the ACPBL has recently landed before us'.

'The top owners and teams are lining up to play in the ACPBL' stated league Commissioner James R. Schutz . 'We have raised the bar for all of minor league professional basketball and the best of the best want to be a part of this'.

The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League is one of the first minor leagues to successfully implement revenue sharing for all its teams through league sponsorship. Previously such things as revenue sharing were only seen on the major league level such as the NBA. 'We are proud of where we now stand, yet realize we must never settle if we wish to remain the best.' stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz .

ACPBL announces three Regional Divisions and Playoff format - Oct 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League is pleased to announce that the ACPBL has aligned into three separate regional divisions for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
We have always been about the fans and the quality of play in the ACPBL, stated Commissioner James R. Schutz . By creating three separate regional divisions inside of the ACPBL, we have managed to create three separate regular season division championship races.
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League is the #1 independent basketball minor league in the United States of America and second overall only to that of the affiliated NBA D-league. The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) is one of the first ever minor leagues to successfully implement revenue sharing for all of its teams through league sponsorship, something previously only seen in the major leagues such as the NBA and NFL.
The new official 2011-2012 ACPBL regional divisions are listed below, together with playoff format. The ACPBL season will start on December 3, 2011, and the league has released its official schedule too, that is available at


Buffalo Warriors
Garden State Rebels
Hartford Lightning
North Jersey Pros

ACPBL Big Apple

Hudson Valley Kingz
Manhattan Pride
New York City 524
New York Lions


Bay Area Shuckers
Beltway Bombers
Chesapeake Tru Hope Trailblazers
The Destroyers (Philadelphia, PA & Wilmington, DE)
The Enterprise (Philadelphia, PA)

SEEDS #1, #2, #3 reserved for division champions
SEEDS #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 reserved for wild card teams from any division

The Trailblazers are getting ready for the upcoming ACPBL season - Oct 12, 2011 (by Mike Lee)

While the NBA Lockout is still in effect and appears to be without resolve for the near future, professional basketball in this area will begin in the near future. Last year, the Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers won the 2010 ACPBL title and are preparing to defend that title during this upcoming season. The ACPBL season will begin on November 19th and the Trailblazers are making plans for another big year.

The ACPBL has made some changes to this years league format by splitting teams into three divisions. The new division format and the schedule is now regionally-based allowing each team to play the other teams in their division at least once. The remaining games on each teams 14-game schedule will include teams within and outside their division, depending on location. The league hopes that the changes will allow teams to keep their travel budgets to a minimum.

The ACPBL also participates in a revenue-sharing program, possible through league sponsorships, for all participating teams. Revenue sharing is something normally seen in major leagues like the NBA and the NFL, and the ACPBL is one of the first minor leagues to successfully implement this type of program.

The Trailblazers will compete in the ACPBL South, which includes the Beltway Bombers and the Bay Area Shuckers, teams that are based in Virginia and Maryland, respectively. The division also includes two Philadelphia-based teams, the Destroyers and the Enterprise. The other two ACPBL divisions are the ACPBL North division and the ACPBL Big Apple division. Both divisions feature teams from the northeast, with the Big Apple division featuring teams in or near the New York metropolitan area.

In preparation for this season, the Trailblazers held a two-day tryout on October 1st and 2nd. Nine players attended the tryout, hoping for an invitation to the teams upcoming training camp on November 1st - 4th. Five players were invited to the training camp:

Branden Smith 6'3' G
Brian Faulcon 5'11' PG
Laquann Bogues 6'6' F
Bruce Royal 6'0' PG
Samonn Frazier 6'7' F/C

After the teams training camp, the Trailblazers will participate in a preseason exhibition game on November 19th against the Boys & Girls Club Alumni Team of the Southside. The game will be held at Atlantic Shores Christian High School and tipoff will be at 7:00 pm. The Alumni team features local stars such as John Gilchrist (Salem/University of Maryland), Myles Holley (Booker T. Washington/University of Nebraska), and Terrence Woodbury (Coastal Christian Academy/University of Georgia). The Trailblazers will open their regular season schedule on December 4th with a home game against the Beltway Bombers.
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Old 24-01-2012, 01:28 PM   #6

A new lower-level basketball league has been formed. All the teams are based in the Carolinas with a couple of ones that left the CBL--the Wilmington Sea Dawgs (can't you just stay in one league?), Fayetteville Crossover, and the Cary Invasion, CBL champs. This is called the Tobacco Road Basketball League. It will have three travel teams for the season--Big Texas, Team Macleen, and the Queen City Express. An original team for the league are the Carolina Gladiators and the Prime Time Players.
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