The Basketball League has officially arrived in Columbus. The Columbus Condors are set to begin their inaugural season Friday against Jamestown.
The team’s staff consists of Head Coach Darrell Miller, Assistant Coach Marvin Stephens, General Manager Cody Ballard and Head of Basketball Operations Jimmy Ratliff, a former Ohio State basketball player, who played from 1990-94.
The team is made up of mostly local players who have played in college, overseas and even with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Currently the roster consists of AJ Davis, Matt Bingaya, Trey Smith, Jaylen Benton, Boo Osborne, Richie Gordon, Andy Bosley, Randon Dyer, Brett McKnight, Devonte Beatty, Todd Brown, Trey Miller and James Hilton.
Brett McKnight, a forward, is one of the most experienced players on the roster. Having played at The University of Akron, the local from Lancaster, Ohio has nearly seen it all. From playing against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament to playing overseas in China he will certainly bring a veteran presence to the locker-room.
Meanwhile former NAIA standout Devonte Beatty looks to advance his career while with the Condors. The 6’7 forward has the potential to be a force in the paint for the Condors.
Beatty explained to Big Sports Bulletin that the Condors present an opportunity for him to fulfill his dream of playing in Europe one day. That same dream is held by many of the players on the team.
The league is a developmental league, but do not be mistaken, these players can ball!
The practice was fast paced and intense as players were diving on the freshly renovated hardwood of The Hoop. The Hoop, which is the practice facility of the Condors, was recently redone in preparation for the upcoming season.
Even though the Condors practice at The Hoop their games will actually take place at the Otterbein University Rike Center.
Multiple players told Big Sports Bulletin that the goal of this team is to go undefeated.
“We are going to put on a show for y’all,” said Jaylen Benton, a former guard for Youngstown State.