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One of our clients, The United States Basketball League (otc:bb USBL)came
out with news today announcint their fan selected "ALL-15 Team". I'm sure you'll reconginze many names on their list, many of whom went on to have successful careers after moving up to the NBA. Here's the text of their
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Sean Fisher
January 24, 2000 Public Relations Director
Web Site: usbl.com
IN CELEBRATION OF ITS 15th ANNIVERSARY SEASON, USBL FANS SELECT THE "ALL-15 TEAM"
MILFORD, CT - The United States Basketball League (USBL) unveiled the members of its "All-15 Team" today, after fans voted on the team via the League web site at www.usbl.com. The USBL began play in 1985 and has had
many tremendous players over the past 15 years. In celebration of its 15th Anniversary the USBL asked its fans to vote for a USBL "All-15 Team".
Christopher Berotti and Steve Hunt were randomly selected contestants, who will be awarded USBL prize packages.
The results of the "USBL All-15 Team" follow:
Michael Adams (5'8", Guard, Boston College) Adams played in 35 games for the Springfield Fame in 1985 and 1986. Over that span of games, Adams averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists. In 1985, Adams was a
member of both the "All-USBL Rookie Team" and the "All-USBL Second Team". In 1986 he was named to the "All-USBL Defensive Team".
Darrell Armstrong (5'10", Guard, Fayetteville State) Armstrong played in the USBL from 1992-1994 for the Atlanta Trojans. During those three seasons Armstrong was named to the "All-USBL First Team" twice and the
"All-USBL Second Team" once. Armstrong is first in all-time steals with 259 and sixth in assists with 491. Over the three-year period, Armstrong averaged 21.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 3.3 steals.
Manute Bol (7'7", Center, Bridgeport) Bol helped to get the "League of Opportunity" started in 1985. He twice had games where he had 18 blocked shots. Bol also had another game where he was able to pull down 28
rebounds. In 25 games for the Rhode Island Gulls, Bol tallied averages of 14.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 11.2 blocks. Bol was an "All-USBL First Team" and "All-USBL Defensive Team" member.
Muggsy Bouges (5'4", Guard, Wake Forest) Bogues played for the Rhode Island Gulls in 1987. In playing for the Gulls, Bogues was able to garner "Rookie of the Year" honors and was named to the "All-USBL First Team". Bogues played in 23 games and averaged 22.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 8.4
assists and 3.5 steals. He ranked first and third in steals and assists, respectively, amongst the League-Leaders.
Lloyd Daniels (6'4", Guard) Daniels was playground legend from New York City. He flourished in the USBL when he played for the Miami Tropics in 1991 and the Long Island Surf in 1992. Over a 37-game span, Daniels
averaged 18.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists. In 1992, Daniels was named to the "All-USBL Second Team".
Richard Dumas (6'7", Forward, Oklahoma State) Dumas played in the USBL in 1992 and returned this past season with the New Hampshire Thunder Loons. In 33 games, Dumas has averaged 27.9 points and 7.7 rebounds. During the
1992 season, Dumas was named to the "All-USBL First Team" and the "All-USBL Defensive Team". During that same season, Dumas was second in the League in scoring and fifth among League rebounders.
Dennis Edwards (6'6", Forward, Fort Hays State) Edwards is what is known in the basketball world as a scorer. In 24 USBL games, Edwards has averaged 29.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. During the 1997 season, Edwards averaged 32.8 points and 4.2 rebounds. This productive effort helped him
to capture "USBL Player of the Year" honors. He also was a member of the "All-USBL First Team".
Adrian Griffin (6'5", Guard/Forward, Seton Hall) Griffin was one of the big reasons that the Atlantic City Seagulls won the USBL Championship in 1998 and 1999. In 1999 he was named both "USBL Player of the Year" and
"Championship Game MVP". He was also named "Championship Game MVP" in 1998. In his 49 games, Griffin averaged 21.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Avery Johnson (6'0", Guard, Southern) Johnson played for the Palm Beach Stingrays in 1988. While with the Stingrays, Johnson was named to the All-USBL Rookie Team. In 1988, Johnson was fifth in the League in assists
with seven a game and he was second in steals with 2.4 per game.
Mike Lloyd (6'2", Guard, Syracuse) In each of his three seasons in the USBL, Lloyd has led his team to the USBL Championship Game. Twice he has helped them to garner the Trophy. In his rookie season in 1996, Lloyd was
named "USBL Rookie of the Year". In 1998 and 1999, Lloyd was named to the "All-USBL First Team". Over his three-year stint, Lloyd has averaged 22.7 points and 3.5 rebounds.
Anthony Mason (6'7", Forward, Tennessee State) Mason played for the Long Island Surf in 1991. He was a USBL stalwart. After that season, in which he was named to the All-USBL First Team, Mason joined the NBA's New York
Knicks. Mason still holds claim to the record of 28 rebounds in one USBL game. Mason averaged 27.8 points and 11.2 rebounds.
Charles Smith (6'2", Guard, Georgetown) Smith led the Florida Sharks to back-to-back Championships in 1995 and 1996. In both Championship Games, Smith was named Game MVP. Smith was also named "Player of the Year" in
1995. He made the "All-USBL First Team" in 1995. Smith was also a member of the USBL's "All-Defensive Team" in both 1995 and 1996.
John Strickland (6'7", Forward, Hawaii-Pacific) Strickland has played in the USBL from 1995-1999. Over the last five seasons Strickland has been one of the more dominating USBL performers. In 1995, Strickland was named
to the "All USBL Rookie Team". He has also been named to the "All-USBL First team". Strickland led the Surf to two Championship Games in 1997 and 1998. He averaged 22.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Roy Tarpley (6'9", Center, Michigan) Tarpley played in 16 games for the Miami Tropics in 1992. During those 16 games, Tarpley torched the League with a 32.2 points per game average and 17.0 rebounds. Roy Tarpley led the
League in scoring and rebounding that season and it helped him to win the "USBL Player of the Year" Award.
John "Hot Rod" Williams (6'11", Center, Tulane) Williams was a big part of the USBL's early history. In 1995 and 1996, Williams played in 36 games and averaged 22.2 points and 10.1 rebounds. Williams was also a member of
the "All-USBL First Team" in both 1985 and 1986. In 1985, Williams was named "Co-USBL Player of the Year" when he averaged 23.1 points per game and 9.3 rebounds.
The USBL recently announced new franchises to begin play in Dodge City, Kansas and Enid, Oklahoma for the 2000 Season. Dodge City and Oklahoma will join the Florida Sea Dragons, Gulf Coast Sun Dogs and Kansas Cagerz to make up the Southern Division. The Northern Division will
consist of the Atlantic City Seagulls, Brooklyn Kings, Long Island Surf, New Jersey Shorecats, Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs and the Washington Congressionals. The 15th Anniversary Season will tip-off on April 21st.
Since 1985 the USBL has sent 123 players on to the NBA. Among the number of Alumni are Avery Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, Anthony Mason, Chris Childs, Charlie Ward, Mario Elie, Adrian Griffin and Darrell Armstrong.
Although there are other publicly traded sports teams such as the Boston Celtics (NYSE: BOS) and Ascent Entertainment (NASDAQ: GOAL) owners of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, the USBL is the first and
only publicly traded Sports League allowing fans to become owners (OTCBB: USBL).
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