Former UNI Panther and Midwest Basketball League Finals MVP Anthony James will be back in a Cedar Valley CourtKings uniform in 2017. James has resigned to play for the CourtKings in their second season. James averaged 27 points per game in the 3 game MBL Playoffs and scored 30 in the title game win over the Minnesota Rangers giving the CourtKings the MBL Championship in their first year of existence. James is a former standout player at UNI and has played professionally in Venezuela, Mexico and Portugal.
While at UNI James was a redshirt freshman on UNI’s sweet 16 team. In 2012-13, his senior year for the Panthers, he led the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game.
In his first year as a CourtKing AJ shot 55% from the floor and 46% from 3 point range. He averaged over 17 points per game and led the team in assists. James was one of two CourtKings that was named to the MBL All-Star game when he also won the 3 point shooting contest.
CourtKings Owner/GM Gary Rima on the re signing of Anthony James, “AJ is one of the key guys off last years championship team that we wanted to make sure and bring back in season number two if at all possible. He was not only a great floor leader for us but was one of the best all around players in the entire Midwest Basketball League. We are very excited to have him back for the 2017 season to help us defend the title we won last year!”
The second season of CourtKings minor league basketball in the Cedar Valley starts in April. The CourtKings will open up the season on the road Saturday April 8 at Milwaukee before playing their home opener on Sunday April 9 against the Minnesota Broncos at 7:30pm at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo.
Season tickets are on sale now for the upcoming season! You can order them online at cvcourtkings.com or stop by the Dan Gable Museum or the Cedar Valley SportsPlex and pick up a season ticket flyer. Also you can call the Cedar Valley CourtKings office number at 319-404-5941 and they will mail you a season ticket brochure! Adult season tickets are just $59 while students 18 and under are just $30. CourtKings season tickets make a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for that basketball fan in your family! Cedar Valley CourtKings gift certificates are also available for the holiday season!