The JBA League’s mission is to create opportunities for players seeking a professional career in basketball. We strive to prepare our players by teaching them financial literacy, media preparation, and sociological independency. Providing them a platform to earn a living through basketball and/or other institutional resources.
The JBA League tryouts wrapped up recently as the final spots were filled with the New York Ballers after a stop in Philadelphia the day before. The tour consisted of hitting 8 major cities to find the best basketball players for the inaugural JBA League season. With stops in Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, and the aforementioned Philadelphia and New York.
According to JBA League organizers, the tryouts were filled with aspiring young athletes who were motivated by the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream. The atmosphere was described as intense, and highly competitive, where at least 100 participants averaged throughout the 8 cities, with as many as 300 attendees showing up to the Dallas tryouts.
Many athletes described the experience as life-changing, and some were overwhelmed with emotion and driven to tears at the thought of being a part of history. Even those who did not make a roster were glad to be a part of the experience with many stating they are forever part of the JBA League family.
When roster spots are finalized in the coming days, players are expected to continue on and off-court preparation for training camp, which commences in Los Angeles from June 10th-20th.
The season opener is slated for June 21st in Ontario, California at Citizens Bank Arena. Teams playing have not officially been released, but the complete schedule can be viewed below. There will be a break just before the playoffs for selected players to participate in the JBA All-Star
Game, which takes place August 2nd at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The playoffs will take place at Citizens Bank Arena beginning August 7th.
For season opener tickets, you may visit the JBA League website on May 19th to purchase, as well as Ticket Master, and Citizens Bank Arena’s website.
First Round JBA League Games:
June 21, Citizens Bank Arena - Ontario, CA
June 23, Texas Southern University - Houston, TX
June 24, Accesso Showare Center – Kent, WA
June 26, Wintrust Arena – Chicago, IL
June 28, Curtis Culwell Center - Garland, TX, (Dallas)
June 29, Hofstra University – Queens, NY
July 3, Infinite Energy Center – Atlanta, GA
July 5, Cure Arena – Trenton, NJ
Second Round JBA League Games:
July 12, Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA
July 14 Texas Southern University, Health and Physical Education Arena – Houston, TX
July 17, Eagle Bank Arena – Fairfax, VA
July 19, Curtis Culwell Center – Garland, TX, (Dallas)
July 21, Wintrust Arena – Chicago, IL
July 24, Infinite Energy Center – Atlanta, GA
July 26, Orleans Arena – Las Vegas, NV
July 29, Cure Arena – Trenton, NJ
JBA League – All-Star Game:
August 2, Wintrust Arena – Chicago, IL
August 7, Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA. – (Quarter-Finals) (4) games
August 9, Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA – (5th place semi-finals, (2) games),
(Semi-Finals (2) games)
August 12, Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA – (7th place game, 5th place game,
3rd place game, Championship Game).