On Friday, March 9, the Cedar Valley CourtKings opening up training camp for their 2018 season in the Midwest Basketball League at the Boys and Girls Club in Waterloo. While most of the roster was in attendance for the first practices of the season, some were unable to attend, as many are currently playing in leagues elsewhere with the intention to join the team for camp as soon as possible. Some notable absences from the first weekend of camp include guard David Stanley, who is playing for the St. Pete Tide in the ABA playoffs. Eric Coleman and Raijon Kelly are overseas playing for U.D. Oliveirense in Portugal’s top league, while Johnny Jackson is also in the ABA for the Georgia Gwizzlies.
“We’re seeing a lot of great things from a lot of our guys,” said head coach Michael Mohlis. “We’ve had a good first few days. Our defense and our offense have shown glimpses of what we want.” Veteran players such as guard Anthony James described positive enthusiasm after their first few practices. “Things are going smoothly,” James said. “We’ve been running through a few plays so we can get a feel for one another when we’re on the offensive and defensive ends, and just some spending time to get to know the guys.” As a newcomer to the CourtKings, Bradley Dockemeyer has been pleased with what has been produced in practice thus far. “We’re definitely all coming together well,” he said. “For the first time when we actually played and ran up and down, it honestly felt like we’ve played together before, and the senior leaders have taken charge in helping us out.”
The CourtKings will train Friday’s thru Sunday’s leading up to their home opener on April 8 against the North Minneapolis Eagles at 7:30pm at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex. Tickets are still available for home games this season. Visit cvcourtkings.com, call 319-404-5941, or stop by the Dan Gable Museum for ticket brochures.