DANVILLE — The Danville Riverhawks have finally landed in the league.
On Wednesday, the Premier Basketball League announced the Danville franchise as its newest addition.
Devin Johnson and Floyd Brown, the co-owners of the Riverhawks, were members of the PBL this past season as the owners of the Chicago Tide, a team based out of Markham. The Tide went 3-14 in the league, finishing in fourth place of the four-team Midwest Division.
“Having gone through a tough first season in the PBL, we wanted to make sure we found a home and community with a passion for basketball that we could cement the organization in for years to come,’’ said Johnson in an official team release. “We knew we could get that in Danville. The area is rich with talent and there’s a lot of basketball history through the area.’’
“Danville, Illinois is an area that cares about its community and is rich with history and talent,’’ said Brown. “Being a part of something great that positively impacts community is why God led us to Danville. It’s all about progression.’’
The Riverhawks release details the history of Danville basketball, stating that the area has been the host of the Dustbowl Tournament, along with the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium.
Johnson, who played college basketball at Parkland, utilized his own experiences in making the decision to start a team in Danville.
“Having gone to junior college in the area, I understand how passionate the area is about basketball, and the impact our team could have in the community,’’ he said. “I enjoyed playing there and look forward to an exciting inaugural season.’’
The Riverhawks will call the David S. Palmer Arena its home this season. It is also the home venue for the Danville Dashers of the Federal Hockey League.