Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Former Tampa Bay Rebel Joe Katuka recently visited Africa while supporting the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. Katuka was a member of the 2014 Tampa Bay Rebels roster that reached the FBA championship game. “I met Joe thanks to Greg Kite, a former NBA Champion. Joe did a great job for us in the 2014 season. His inside game and ability to finish with both hands was a fundamental factor in our team reaching the championship game. He had a great high school and college career, and will be able to share with the African youth everything that he has learned. I cannot think of a better fit for the Basketball Without Borders program than Joe. We are glad to see him succeed,” Coach Rojas commented.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
The Blue Sharks have finished their 2016 activities with an overall record of 15 – 10. Early in the year, the Blue Sharks reached the championship game in the MLK tournament. The team later finished as the runner up in the Tampa Bay Sports Club league, and will look to carry some of that momentum into the 2017 calendar year.
Each year, the Blue Sharks name an MVP which has been chosen by the players. This year, the players selected 6’4” guard Tyshawn Edwards as the 2016 Blue Sharks MVP. Edwards attended the first Blue Sharks tryout in December 2015 and made the team. Since then, he has participated in every single practice and game for nine consecutive months. Coach Rojas commented on Ty’s MVP year, “We know that most players focus their efforts on playing. Ty was committed to practice and learning more about the game, and enjoyed being part of a serious organization. After nine months of hard work, he transformed himself from a weekend player into a professional athlete capable of playing at FIBA level. His hard work set a high standard for future players interested in joining the team. His skill set is very evident to the naked eye, but, in my opinion, his best asset is his work ethic. He represents the core purpose of the Blue Sharks.”