Sunday, November 29, 2015
The Tampa Bay Rebels and their developmental team, the Blue Sharks, are excited to announce an affiliation with a Division 2 professional league in Mexico. The relationship with the Mexican league will allow for increased opportunities for players to earn jobs at the international level.
“We have had a great deal of success in helping players get their start in international basketball over the last 9 years, most recently with Blue Sharks MVP Don Thomas during the Rebels recent international tour,” stated Andrew Phillips, the Director of Scouting for the Rebels. “This new agreement, which is only possible because of the personal relationships that Coach Rojas has built over the years, will allow us an opportunity to provide a platform for even more players to start their careers. The second division is an ideal spot for talented players who have limited professional basketball resumes to this point in their careers, which are the same type of players who find success with the Blue Sharks.”
Interested players should attend the Blue Sharks tryout on December 19th. The tryout will be held from 11am – 2pm at the Police Athletic League (PAL) gymnasium located at 1924 W. Diana Street in Tampa, Florida. The cost for the tryout is $200 and must be paid in cash at the door.
To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels and the Blue Sharks, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.
Monday, November 16, 2015
This year, the LNBP, the top league in Mexico, is featuring two players with ties to Florida that share the same beginning in professional basketball. Point guard Mark Borders and small forward Brandon Davis played for Coach Rojas in 2007 and 2014, respectively. “We have launched the career of many good players throughout the years. Mark and Brandon are the two best examples of what we do. After starting his career in Mexico, then having four successful seasons in Brazil, Mark is now a savvy veteran point guard. Brandon is starting his second year in the LNBP and continues to develop into a true professional. Brandon’s future is very bright. We are proud of their accomplishments and thankful for the opportunity to coach two outstanding athletes and good young men,” Rebels Coach Fernando Rojas commented.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Following a successful season with the Blue Sharks, 6’2” point guard Don Thomas was selected to travel with the Tampa Bay Rebels to Mexico for a three game exhibition tour against professional teams from the top Mexican league. After averaging 13.3 points, 2 steals, and 6 assists, the local club Panteras de Aguascalientes invited Thomas to stay and practice with the team during the preseason. “We do not know if the invitation will turn into a contract this year, however, he played well enough on both ends of the court to get the attention of the local coaching staff,” Coach Rojas commented. He added, “Don is a success story. He is the first player coming out of our developmental system that gets one step closer to playing international basketball.”