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Rininger signs deal with Bendigo Lady Braves (Australia)

AshleyWe are excited to announce that Ashley Rininger (Forward / Center, 193cm / 6’4”, Canton, OH), has finalized a deal with Bendigo Lady Braves (Australia), a professional basketball team located in Bendigo, a city in Victoria, Australia, located very close to the geographical center of the state and approximately 150 kilometers north west of the state capital, Melbourne.

Prior to joining Bendigo, Ashley starred for Liberty University.  During her senior campaign, Ashley averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.  In 2015-16, Rininger ranked 27th in the nation in double doubles (14).

Some of her career highlights included:

  • Finished her career ranked among the program’s all-time leaders in rebounds (fourth, 952), offensive rebounds (fourth, 377), blocked shots (fourth, 156), double-doubles (fourth, 36), field goal percentage (fourth, 52.3), defensive rebounds (fifth, 575) and points (seventh, 1,380)
  • 2016 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award
  • Two-time first team CoSIDA Academic All-American (2015, 2016)
  • 2016 Big South Woman of the Year
  • 2016 Big South Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Three-time Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Three-time Big South All-Academic Team (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Three-time VaSID Academic All-State (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Three-time All-Big South (2014 first team, 2015 first team, 2016 honorable mention)
  • 2015 Big South Championship MVP
  • 2015 Big South Championship all-tournament team
  • 2013 Big South All-Freshman Team
  • Five-time Big South Player of the Week
  • Three-time Big South Freshman of the Week
  • Two-time VaSID All-State (2014 second team, 2015 second team)
  • Two-time Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State (2014 second team, 2015 first team)
  • 2013 Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic all-tournament team
  • 2014 Subway Classic all-tournament team
  • 2015 South Point Thanksgiving Shootout all-tournament team

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The Opportunity To Seize An Opportunity

The world isn’t a perfect place. We’re not all born on an equal playing field. But one of the best things about living in these great United States is that we’re all given an equal opportunity to rise up out of any circumstance and achieve success at the highest level.

During his Presidency, Barack Obama delivered a unique and powerful speech–one in which he carried the torch of Abraham Lincoln, and celebrated the life of Martin Luther King. He also put his personal stamp on the progressive civil rights movement by becoming the first U.S. President to mention the gay and lesbian community in an inauguration speech.

No matter your personal stance, one cannot ignore the fact that we live in a more integrated society, and the world we live in is more interracial and multicultural than ever.
Times Have Changed Very Quickly
Today I learned an interesting fact–one that has had a profound impact on my life. It gave me one more reason to celebrate the courageous efforts of leaders such as Dr. King, Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy, and now, President Obama, by pursuing my dreams with more resolve than ever before.

Traveling with my dad to a local championship game, he shared one of those tidbits of info that can sometimes run freely from one person’s mouth but hit the other person in the heart like a ton of bricks.

My dad recognized a car that passed us on the highway and told me who the person was.

“That lady (I forget her name) was a witness at me and your mom’s wedding.” he continued. “We all rode from here (PA) to Delaware looking for a place that would let us do the blood work so we could get our license to get married.”

And that’s when it hit me. “Delaware? Why didn’t you get married here in Pennsylvania?”

Permission To Play
I was shocked when my dad told me less that when he and my mom got married, it was illegal for an African-American to marry a white person in the state of Pennsylvania. That was less than 50 years ago!

Sure, I understood that my parents were ‘super-progressive’ when they entered into an interracial marriage in the 1960’s, but I never would’ve dreamed that interracial marriage would’ve been illegal in the state of PA. I mean, we’re talking Pennsylvania, not Georgia or Mississippi.

I started thinking about all the things that young African-American’s weren’t allowed to do when my dad was young. And then I compared my youth with his, and of course, related it to basketball.

I thought about all the hardships that players before me had to endure so that I would be allowed to earn a scholarship from a prestigious University like Villanova.

I remembered the movie about the Texas Western team that beat Pat Riley and Kentucky to become the first team with an all black starting lineup to win the NCAA title in 1966.
The Truth Is. Marching’s Gone
I could go on and on about the stats and facts black athletes and the progress thats been made. To me, the craziest thing is that so much change has been made in a really short time.

But we’re not there yet. We haven’t reached Martin’s promised land. But we’re close.

The sad part is it seems like young African-Americans are becoming complacent. I hate to say it but it seems like the march is fading. Much progress has been made, but if things don’t change soon, the pep in our step will be gone.
Small Town. Big Opportunity.
When I was growing up, basketball was life. If there was one thing that our small town could hold their hat on, it was that we were gonna be good at basketball. The game was keeping guys off the street. It was also giving guys opportunities that wouldn’t have existed without it.

I’ll say it. There was no way I was getting a full ride to ‘Nova if it wasn’t for basketball. No way.

So when I see our local kids aren’t utilizing one of the proven paths to success, it sickens me. Sure things come in cycles. We weren’t going to remain dominant forever, but nothing great ever happens without a greater effort. And right now, I don’t see it.

When it’s more cool to sit in the crowd and dis your peers than it is to suit up with them and play for a chance to make history, the marching’s gone.

When knowing how to roll a “j” is searched more on youtube than how to shoot one, the marching’s gone.

When kids are passin’ up full ride scholarships to pursue careers in the sale of street pharmaceuticals, the marching’s gone.
Keep Bangin’
It’s funny how quickly time passes. Before you know it, life will be happening all around you. Shoulda, coulda, and woulda are a waste breathe. There’s no turning back.

Basketball isn’t the only path to the opportunity of a life-time, but if it presents itself, you’d be a fool to throw it away.

As for Abraham’s proclamation, Martin’s dream, and Barack’s lean forward, let’s keep progressing — let’s get back to making the most of every opportunity. We’ve earned the opportunity to have one, let’s not waste it.

I tell ballers all the time, if you keep knocking at the door, sooner or later, somebody’s gonna answer. Keep Bangin’!

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Curtis Signs with Nueceras del Estado de México (Mexico)

17310979_576911339178340_5744158332998172018_o (1)Shaquilla Curtis  (SG SF, 5ft 9 in / 175.3cm, 140lbs / 63.5kg, Baltimore, MD) inked a deal with Nueceras del Estado México (Mexico),  a professional basketball team led by Coach and playing in the Liga Mexicana de Baloncesto Profesional Feminil (LMBPF) .

Prior to joining Nueceras, Curtis earned MVP of the 2016 iBall National Pro Combine. Spanish coach Guillermo Arenas commented, “Her first step is ‘impressionante.’” and after coaching Curtis in the All-star game, iBall Scout Alessandroni commented, “She never takes a play off, has a fantastic attitude, and her amazing attitude makes her extremely coachable.”  At iBPC 2016, Curtis was the #1-ranked athlete according to stats by MaxOut, ranked 4th in scoring (12.0 ppg) and tied for a game-high 13 points in the All-star game.

At American University, Curtis led her team to the 2015 Patriot League Championship, being named the 2015 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and earning a berth to the 2015 NCAA Tournament, while averaging just under 8 points per game and shot better than 42% from 3-point range.

Follow Shaquilla’s progress on twitter @LMBPFOficial.

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Anglin Signs with Hannover Korbjaeger (Germany)

ANGLINDallas Anglin (Point Guard, 6ft 1in / 185.4cm 185lbs / 83.9kg , Montclair, NJ, PLJ Sports), joins Hannover Korbjaeger (Germany), a professional basketball team that currently competes in the Regionalliga.  Founded in 2006 club is internationally known because some of its players have either represented their senior national teams (Ebanks) or were selected for All Star games in a 1st division European league (Dunovic, Rasmussen).

Prior to joining Hannover Korbjaeger, Anglin was named 2nd Team iBall National Pro Combine.   At iBall, Anglin showed superior athletic ability scoring #1 overall in
multi­directional movement according to stats my MaxOut.

In college, Anglin finished his career with University of Northern Colorado (NCAA D1), ranking third on the team in scoring (13.2 points per game). He was the quickest player in Northern Colorado Division I history to reach 100 points, doing it in just six games. Anglin also recorded a UNC career-best 31 points at Idaho State on 1/07/16 and finished in double figures in his first 10 games.

iBall United is committed to build and sustain the successful careers of players and personnel around the world. We are helping players find contracts, coaches boost talent and agents land offers. Learn how iBall can work for you. Click the link below to the information that peaks your interest:

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Official Release Full Scouting Report 2016 Mens iBall FOCUS Combine PA

marketing - logo iball_focus_camp_bigiBall United proudly presents the Official Scouting Report for the 2016 Men’s iBall FOCUS Combine held in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on November 20.   Some of the nation’s top free agent basketball players gathered to put their skills to the test and to impress scouts for the purpose of earning professional basketball contracts.  The FOCUS combine scouting report features a breakdown of player rankings and includes all game video and rosters for further consideration on the international basketball market.

COMBINE HIGHLIGHT REEL

 

TOP PLAYERS

MVP – ANTUAN BOOTLE 

Forward – 6ft 8in / 203.2cm, 225lbs / 102.0kg , Bahamas, Conotou Continue reading

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Official Release Full Scouting Report 2016 Womens iBall FOCUS Combine PA

marketing - logo iball_focus_camp_bigiBall United proudly presents the Official Scouting Report for the 2016 Women’s iBall FOCUS Combine held in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on November 19.   Some of the nation’s top free agent basketball players gathered to put their skills to the test and to impress scouts for the purpose of earning professional basketball contracts.  The FOCUS combine scouting report features a breakdown of player rankings and includes all game video and rosters for further consideration on the international basketball market.

COMBINE HIGHLIGHT REEL

 

TOP PLAYERS

MVP – JAVANA BERNARD

PG  5ft 4in / 162.6cm 130lbs / 58.9kg  Connecticut, USA
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Javana Bernard Claims MVP of 2016 Women’s iBall FOCUS Pennsylvania

Javana Bernard (5ft 4in / 162.6cm 130lbs / 58.9kg ) has been named Most Valuable Player of the Women’s 2016 iBall FOCUS Combine Pennsylvania which took place on Saturday, November 19th, in King of Prussia, PA.

Bernard not only outperformed competitors during gameplay, she also displayed highly polished professional skills during the skills performance evaluation.  Bernard was a top 3 selection in all skills assessment sessions offered at iBall FOCUS, including #1 overall in both shooting and ball handling.   The sessions included a shooting proficiency drill led by Crista Ricketts, a LaSalle University Hall of Famer and former 7-Year Professional Player, a 3-on-3 situational drill led by iBall Agency Advisor, James Brant, a ball handling intensive drill led by Alvernia University Hall of Famee and former Harlem Globetrotter, Cornel Merricks, and a 1-on-1 read and react drill, directed by iBall CEO Howard Brown.

SCOUTING REPORT

Javana Bernard is a quick and intelligent scoring point guard with very deep range.  Her superior ball handling ability, and lights-out shooting proficiency from up to 24 feet is extraordinary. Continue reading

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Antuan Bootle Claims MVP of 2016 Men’s iBall FOCUS Pennsylvania

Antuan Bootle (6ft 8in / 203.2cm 225lbs / 102.0kg , Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Conotou) has been named Most Valuable Player of the 2016 iBall FOCUS Combine Pennsylvania which took place on Sunday, November 20th, in King of Prussia, PA.

Bootle not only outshined competitors during gameplay, he also displayed highly polished professional skills during the skills performance rotation.  Bootle was a top 3 selection in all skills assessment sessions offered at iBall FOCUS.   The sessions included a defensive footwork and reads drill, directed by Jeff Sparrow, AKA The ‘Doctor of Defense,’ shooting proficiency led by Crista Ricketts, a LaSalle University Hall of Famer and former 7-Year Professional Player, a 3-on-3 read and react drill led by iBall Agency Advisor, James Brant, and a ball-handling intensive drill led by Alvernia University Hall of Famee and former Harlem Globetrotter, Cornel Merricks.

SCOUTING REPORT

Antuan Bootle is a strong, versatile forward with an outstanding work ethic and attitude.  His 6-8 frame and solid footwork and body control give him the ability to Continue reading

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Roerbuck Averaging Double Double for MC El Brasil Santa Ana (El Salvador)

Octreyvius Roebuck (SG, SF, PF 6ft 7in / 200lbs) will be joining MC El Brasil Santa Ana (El Salvador) basketball team where he will be accompanied by Felipe Ruiz. Roebuck, a 30-yr old American swingman, recently helped the Charlotte Elite (TRBL) in the U.S. to claim the TRBL Western Conference Championship after they ending the regular season as the second best team.

At the 2016 iBall National Pro Combine, Roebuck claimed the 2016 All-iBall National Combine 2nd Team by repeatedly beating defenders off the dribble and showing the ability to score in multiple ways.  He is a complete offensive player as well as an excellent defender with superb 1-on-1 defense, superior athleticism, strong defensive rebounding, and great hustle activity.   His versatility and unselfishness are serving as a great asset for MC El Brasil Santa Ana.

At iBall national, Roerbuck shot the ball from deep with range beyond 20 ft (6.25). He also repeatedly showed the ability to knock down big shots in the clutch.   His combine rankings included: #8 -Points (11.2 /gm) #12 -Rebounds (5.6 /gm) #18-Assists (1.2 /gm) #22-Steals (0.2 /gm) #17-Reach (100.5 in) #35 -Athleticism.

His iCAN membership allowed Roerbuck to work with iBall Agency Advisors for consulting and guidance toward career advancement and assistance to perfect and promote his basketball resume.

We connected with Roebuck and we are thankful that he would share his thoughts in an Interview.   Check it out:

What help, if any was iBall and the iCAN Elite Service in taking this next step in your career?

The film I received from Raw Sports who did all the camera work at the iBall National Combine was very vital to my signing.  It was that film along with my resume, and help from Mr. Alen Rugovac that caught the attention of one of my team’s representatives.

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice to share with other aspiring professionals?

Professional basketball overseas is a grind!  Unless you are apart of that very select fortunate few it may take awhile before you get your opportunity to live out your dream. I battled for six long years before this shot to prove what I can do became available. Stay hungry and most importantly have faith your time will come.

How can your fans follow you throughout the season? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? A sample answer is follow me on Instagram @iballunited

First off I want to thank those that keep up with my new found career. I do all of my posting on Facebook… stay tuned!

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I just want to thank guys like Howard Brown and Alen Rugovac for believing in me. I also want to thank those two for providing me with an opportunity to make my dream a reality!

iBall United is committed to build and sustain the successful careers of players and personnel around the world. We are helping players find contracts, coaches boost talent and agents land offers. Learn how iBall can work for you. Click the link below to the information that peaks your interest:

•Help Finding Teams and Agents  •iBall Pro Combine  •Pro Signing Resumes •Finding and Signing Your Next Player   •Help with Evaluating Offers or Contracts, •Professional Marketing Packages  •Pro Camps, Tryouts, and Tours  •Customized Video Packages  •Ratings for Camps Tours and Tryouts   •Finding Answers to Common Questions   •Free Pro Player Guide   •Get Scouted

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Shannon lands deal with CDF Aviles (Spain)

raychel-shannonRaychel Shannon (Guard / Forward 5ft 9in / 145lbs) finalizes a deal with CDF Aviles (Spain), a professional basketball team located in the Principality of Asturias.

Raychel is a versatile combo guard with the ability to play and defend multiple positions. Her strengths include a quick release and deep range coupled with an ability to shoot a high FG%.  Her ability to score is multi-faceted and also includes creating shots off pull-ups and tough drives to the rim.

She has the speed to shut down guards defensively along with the strength and physicality to defend the small forward position.  Raychel is known for her relentless work ethic and will raise the level of her teammates through strong leadership and by holding them to high standards.

At the 2016 iBall National Pro Combine, Raychel was selected 3rd team All-combine.

Raychel’s Rankings: #8 -Points (8.5 /gm) #14 -Rebounds (3.3 /gm) #17 -Assists (1.0 /gm) #20 -Steals (0.3 /gm) #11 -Reach (89 in) #15 -Athleticism

Prior to taking her game to Spain, Raychel made an NCAA appearance in 2015 & 2016 and won the 2015 ECC Conference Championship.

We connected with Raychel and she was kind enough to share her thoughts in an interview.

Check it out below:

What help, if any was iBall and the iCAN Elite Service in taking this next step in your career?

Attending the iBall national combine provided me the opportunity to make valuable connections that sparked the beginning of the process of where I am today.   I believe attending the iBall combine was the best decision I could have made to set me up for this opportunity.

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice to share with other aspiring professionals?

Use every opportunity to the fullest and market yourself. Always stay ready.

How can your fans follow you throughout the season? 

You can follow Raychel on Facebook or Instagram at Ray.ray5

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I met some great people at the iBall and appreciate their help with my transition to Spain.

iBall United is committed to build and sustain the successful careers of players and personnel around the world. We are helping players find contracts, coaches boost talent and agents land offers. Learn how iBall can work for you. Click the link below to the information that peaks your interest:

•Help Finding Teams and Agents  •iBall Pro Combine  •Pro Signing Resumes •Finding and Signing Your Next Player   •Help with Evaluating Offers or Contracts, •Professional Marketing Packages  •Pro Camps, Tryouts, and Tours  •Customized Video Packages  •Ratings for Camps Tours and Tryouts   •Finding Answers to Common Questions   •Free Pro Player Guide   •Get Scouted

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