Sunday, August 4th, 2013

New Pro Basketball League to Feature Former College Stars (The-BALL)

Published on July 17, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

A lot of times there are college basketball stars that you enjoyed watching, but for whatever reason they couldn’t make it any further in their basketball career. You often wonder what ever happened to that player. Now, that is going to change. A new league (The Basketball Alumni Legends League or THE- BALL) is set to kick off next July.

Fans can get a preview of the new league as The-BALL will be headed to Philadelphia and Washington DC. Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are no question two of the hot beds for basketball. The two cities will play two head to head match ups.

The first game will be played in Washington D.C. on August 4th at the Charles E. Smith Center (George Washington University) at 4 P.M. The Next day the two teams will meet at Hagan Arena (St. Joseph University) in Philadelphia at 8 p.m.

The Philadelphia team will feature former college stars from Villanova, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, La Salle, Penn and Drexel.

The Washington D.C. Team will feature players from the following colleges Georgetown, Maryland, George Washington, George Mason, American and Howard.

Both events will broadcast live on Comcast Sportsnet. Former NBA players (Phil Hubbard and Alvin Williams), will serve as coaches.

More about the league that is set to get under way in July of 2013. The league will run in the summer and will not overlap with basketball leagues in the USA or overseas. Teams will be individually and locally owned and will feature 10- man rosters. The teams will be located up and down the East coast in hot beds for college basketball. Such areas as Raleigh, Charlotte, Richmond, and Syracuse.

So how did everything great started ? ( From THE-BALL website)

The-BALL started as a simple idea to form a new professional basketball league that would feature former college stars playing in the college communities where they already have local fame and a major following.

The hypothesis was that college basketball fans would come out to see their favorite players from recent graduating classes competing for a local professional team (equivalent to the AAA-level in pro baseball) and that former college players would appreciate the opportunity to play in familiar territory, gain valuable exposure and training, and get paid a salary during the off-season.

After a lot of listening, learning, and tweaking, we began testing the concept on every key audience: the players, their agents, sports execs, leaders in the college basketball community, university and city officials, arena operators, potential sponsors and media partners, and hundreds of basketball fans. Ultimately, we determined that we were onto something with the BALL and decided to start building it.

I think this is a great idea just look at some of the college basketball stars that were not drafted in June. Casper Ware, Jordan Taylor, John Shurna, Kevin Jones, Tu Holloway, William Buford, J’Covan Brown, Drew Gordon and many more.

While the league is a year away be sure to check The-BALL’s showcase event in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. in August.

You can find out more about THE-BALL on their website.

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