IBL Set to Manage and Partner With Pro Ams
After ten successful seasons the International Basketball League (IBL) is again heading in a new and exciting direction as a league of leagues. Over the past ten seasons, players with varied professional experience, as well as accomplished college graduates have utilized the IBL as a platform to help hone their skills while preparing themselves for the next step in their playing careers.
“In the past three years we have rebranded this league, grown a following and network at the highest levels of professional basketball. More players have moved on to positions in the NBA Development League and the highest levels overseas, as well as officials and front office personnel development. We now find some of the most talented players returning or being ready to play again after a rest and time with family, with overseas leagues going longer and who want the opportunity to play against NBA players” IBL President/CEO Sharleen Graf shared. Click here for the full story.
About the Portland Pro-Am
Launching in the summer of 2015, the new Portland Pro-Am - featuring Terrence Jones - will provide an opportunity for the community, players and fans to enjoy Pro Basketball up close and personal. As a hybrid model mixing minor league basketball with an enhanced pro am model, the Portland Pro-Am is a part of the International Basketball Leagues (IBL). The IBL will continue to place players and officials overseas and in the NBA Development League. Competition will be in July and August at Multnomah University following NBA rules, fans will see NBA talent, overseas and college players who have completed their eligibility. Teams will be lead by experienced coaches and high level officials will manage the games. The Portland Pro-Am will feature competitive basketball games where fans can interact with players get autographs and photos. The league will also host special events in support of causes close to Mr. Jones in the greater North East Portland area.
Terrence Ross 2nd NBA Player to Commit a team to the Portland Pro Am
May 20, 2015 – Portland, OR – As Terrence Jones is battling it out in the NBA Western Conference Finals; Terrence Ross looks to return to his home court where he will face Jones’ team this summer in the Portland Pro Am.
The pair won a 5A High School State Championship for Jefferson in 2008 as teammates, but this summer they will be competitors. Click here for the full story.
Mike James headlines from the Euroleague to the Portland Pro Am
After a successful season in Spain with Laboral Kutxa in the Liga Endesa (ACB) and Euroleague, Mike James is returning to his home town with his own team in the Portland Pro Am this summer. The Grant high school product and Lamar University graduate moved up quickly in Spain this fall averaging 12.9ppg as a starter for Laboral Kutxa going all the way to the quarter finals in the ACB, placing 5th in Group F of the Euroleague.
James is excited to return home and have his own team with former high school rivals in the new Portland Pro Am. “I'm just happy that someone from our city has started it and is doing it the right way." James said "Terrence is starting something that could go on for years to come and I want to be a part of it." Click here for the full story.