In five weeks time, the 2018 Cedar Valley CourtKings will take the floor of the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in search of a third consecutive Midwest Basketball League championship. This week, the two-time MBL champions will open up training camp in preparation for their season opener on April 8 at 7:30pm at the Cedar Valley SportPlex. This coming season of CourtKings basketball brings a healthy mix of team veterans and newcomers to this year’s roster. With that, let’s meet the 2018 Cedar Valley CourtKings!
Entering this year’s training camp, the 20 man MBL roster is set, however, not all 20 will be able to attend. Forward/center Eric Coleman is currently playing overseas in Portugal, Johnny Jackson is playing for Georgia Gwizzles of the ABA, while David Stanley is in Florida playing for the St. Pete Tide, also of the ABA. While in Florida, Stanley has averaged 22 points per game and is credited with a game winning three point basket when his team trailed by two points. Players attending this year’s camp will be competing with one another for one of 15 active roster spots, as well as 10 slots on travel team. Other players will be placed on the team’s practice squad and can be activated at any point of the season. Players returning from the 2017 team include last year’s leading scorer Raheem Tyner, who averaged 19.8 points per game in his first season that earned him MBL Rookie of the Year honors. The instrumental guard pair of Anthony James and Aundre Hicks from the 2016 and 2017 championship teams also return for a third season, while the left handed sharp shooter Dylan Hale will return as well.
Over the offseason, the CourtKings signed a number of newcomers to the roster. Some of these new players looking to make an impact in the 2018 campaign include former William Penn standout and NAIA All-American forward Brady Burford, who averaged 16 points a game during his final season of collegiate play. MBL veteran guard Marcus Smith joins his third team in three years, Darius Campbell comes to the Cedar Valley after two years with the Minnesota Broncos, and Bradley Dockemeyer joins the CourtKings after spending last season with the Indiana Dream. Additionally, seven foot center Isaiah Cotton out of Missouri Baptist University has been invited to this year’s camp.
A number of local players will also attend training camp this season. They include Queshawn Roby, Tony Johnson, Tyler Richardson, and former Mt. Mercy University guard DiMarco Mallet. Fans will want to watch for the return of Raijon Kelly to the CourtKings after a season of basketball in Portugal, as well as the potential return of forward Marvin Singleton, who has played five games with the Iowa Wolves of the NBA-G League this season. To see the entire 2018 Cedar Valley CourtKings roster, visit the team website at cvcourtkings.com.
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 to purchase.