CourtKings Play Inaugural Home Game Sunday Night
The Cedar Valley CourtKings will play their first home game in franchise history Sunday evening (May 15, 2016).
After playing their first two Midwest Basketball League (MBL) games in Chicago against the Clovers and the Fury, the CourtKings (0-2) host the Minnesota Broncos at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in downtown Waterloo.
A couple of former UNI Panthers will be in action for Cedar Valley. Anthony James is a starting guard for the team. Marvin Singleton is back from a trip to China trip and he'll wear a CourtKings uniform for the first time.
Another former UNI player who's on Cedar Valley's roster is Jordan Egleseder, who was a member of the Panthers' Sweet 16 team in 2010. The 7'1" center is currently on the disabled list, but will be in attendance to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans.
Another former collegiate player from the area is Wartburg alum Clay Cook, who has started both games for Cedar Valley this season. He'll try to lead the CourtKings' to their first MBL win.
Cook is one of three ex-Iowa Conference (IIAC) stars who are playing with the local minor league team, joining 6'7" two-time league Player of the Year Andre Norris and Gage Heffernan.
Four former star from Mount Mercy, an NAIA school in Cedar Rapids, are making an impact for the CourtKings this season. All-American Alex Houston (16.0 ppg), Lamar Wall (18.5), Alex Coleman (12.0) and LaDon Singleton (11.5) are all averaging double-figures and each have started at least one game for Cedar Valley.
It will be an emotional opener for the CourtKings. They will play with heavy hearts after losing teammate and starting point guard Rashad Carrington, who was killed in a single-car accident on Interstate 380 in Johnson County last weekend.
Cedar Valley will honor the former Mount Mercy star by retiring his No. 5 jersey at Sunday's game. Carrington averaged 10 points in his two starts.
Rounding out the CourtKings 14-man roster are Waterloo native Aundre Hicks (Black Hawk College), La Porte City native Matt Craft (Iowa State), Ty Richardson (Dordt College) from Minneapolis, and Wakefield Ellison.
The Minnesota Broncos (1-1) feature one of MBL's top offensive weapons. Kavaarian Williams is the third-leading scorer in the 11-team circuit, averaging 36.5 points per game. He's also one of four players who have the second-most steals in the league, averaging 3.5 per game.
All seating for the CourtKings' home games is general admission. Adult tickets are $10, with kids 18 and under getting in for $5 and five and under are FREE.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for season ticket holders and at 6:30 p.m. for walk-up ticket sales and the general public. The first 75 fans through the doors on Sunday get a free 'Inaugural Home Game' T-shirt from Craft Cochran Screen Printing in Cedar Falls.