Thursday, April 23, 2015
This coming fall, the Tampa Bay Rebels will travel abroad on their 4th international tour to play against professional teams. The Rebels will announce the country to be visited and the number of games scheduled in the coming months.
Throughout the team’s history, many players have been able to start their professional careers by playing for the Tampa Bay Rebels. We encourage currently-active, high-level basketball players to try out for the tour.
Tryouts will be held in July in both Tampa and North Carolina with times and locations to be announced next month. Players can email their basketball history at anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
The Tampa Bay Rebels' developmental team, the Blue Sharks, have started their 2015 season off with three straight wins. The success is due in large part to the guidance provided by the Sharks head coach, Jonathan Brown, as well as the players establishing a team-first style of play.
The dedication from both the players and the staff is evident during each practice as the team continues to show signs of improvement. The Blue Sharks are averaging just over 60 points per game and have increased their total points scored in each of their first three games. Defensively, the team has set a new records for fewest points allowed this season in each game up to this point. The improvements on both ends of the floor have translated into an increase in win margin during each game of the winning streak.
To learn more about the Blue Sharks and their parent club, the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit us online at www.tampabayrebels.com.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Tampa Bay Rebels have announced that former player Jonathan Brown will be the first head coach for the Blue Sharks, the Rebels developmental team. Brown will guide the Blue Sharks through leagues, games, and practices that will provide players with opportunities to earn a call up to the Rebels for international and domestic games.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to coach the Blue Sharks,” Brown said in statement after his hiring. “My many years of playing organized basketball, including a successful career at the University of Tampa as well as my three years of experience with the Tampa Bay Rebels, will assist in my transition from a player to a coach. I look forward to assisting with the establishment and building of the organization. My goal is to build on the fundamentals that each player brings to the game, while also developing the player’s life skills. My passion and enthusiasm for the game of basketball will be of value to the organization, players, and our mission to develop winning talent.”
A proven winner, Brown played for the Rebels from 2012 until 2014 during in which the team compiled a record of 34-7. He helped the team win the FBA championship in 2012 and make championship game appearances in both 2013 and 2014.
Brown was also a collegiate standout at the University of Tampa. During his four years with the Spartans, he helped the program to 3 straight NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances, including an appearance in the national semifinals in 2001. Brown was twice named to the First Team All-Sunshine State Conference, and was named the SSC Player of the year for the 2001-2002 season. That same season, he was recognized as a 2nd Team All-American choice and the Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year. Brown still ranks in the top 10 of several career categories for the Spartans including three-point field goals made, three-point field goals attempted, assists, minutes played, minutes per game, and games started.