After three seasons, 48 total regular and postseason wins, two Midwest Basketball League championships, scores of players and countless memories, the fourth season of Cedar Valley CourtKings basketball has arrived.
After a league best 15-1 regular season and MBL quarterfinal playoff win in 2018, the CourtKings fell in the league semifinals to T.C. Elite of Minneapolis. Entering this season, many new faces look to be a part of the CourtKing’s return to the top of the league standings.
Many new names to the Cedar Valley roster this season include center Isaac Freeman from the University of Massachusetts. His towering height and presence in the paint has already been a focal points on both offense, with his ability to fight to the basket with ease, and on defense, to deny opponents shot opportunities.
Other newcomers include former University of St. Thomas national champion Jordan Burich, MBL veteran forward Jared Sutherland and former Adams State and Southwest Oklahoma State standouts Jaree Crawford and Emeche Wells.
Six veterans of last season’s CourtKings squad return for another go around, including reigning league most valuable player Brady Burford, who averaged 24.6 points per game in the regular season a year ago. Three point specialist Mack Johnson also returns for a another season, as does 2016 MBL Championship Game MVP Anthony James, David Stanley, Queshawn Roby and Aundre Hicks.
In their first test of the new year, the CourtKings welcome the Iowa Elite Pro, a new team out of Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines to Waterloo. Coached by former CourtKings assistant coach Billy Campbell, this team features a pair of former CourtKing players, including Johnny Jackson and Raheem Tyner.
Tyner, the 2017 MBL Rookie of the Year, averaged 10 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 13 games with the CourtKings a season ago. As for Jackson, he tallied 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Cedar Valley last season.
Doors to the Cedar Valley SportsPlex will open at 6:30PM for the 7:30PM tip-off. Tickets are available for purchase at the door upon entry. Fans can experience our new courtside seating for $20 for a single game or all eight home games for $99. Adults single game tickets cost $10, while season tickets run for $59. Youth and college students can purchase single game tickets for $5, season tickets for $30, or youth/college student courtside seating for $15.
Those unable to attend the game can catch the Voice of the CourtKings John Leo with the online radio call of the game at https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=CVCOURTKINGS#/ with a 7:20PM pregame show.