With the season about to start in the newly constructed North American Premier Basketball League the Albany Patroons signed a local legend. Former Siena Saint basketball star Edwin Ubiles has agreed to join the Patroons.
Ubiles was apart of Siena’s historic teams which they won three straight MAAC Conference titles between the years of 2007-10. Those Saints teams made some noise in the NCAA Tournament beating Vanderbilt in 2008, the double overtime victory beating Ohio State.
Ubiles was the first Siena player to play in the NBA for the Washington Wizards back in 2012. He’s had an extensive career playing overseas in multiple professional basketball leagues. This is a big signing for the Patroons, at 31 years old Ubiles can still ball with the young-ins. His star power alone will draw fans to see a local product and if the rest of the team is good that will be the cherry on top.
Fun fact about the Albany Patroons: head coach Phil Jackson won his first championship with the Patroons back in 1984. Also former NBA coach George Karl coached the Patroons as well. There’s a lot of history with this team and its great that they are back. They’ll be playing in their old stomping grounds that is the Washington Armory when the season begins. The head coach and general manager of the Patroons is Derrick Rowland aka Mr. Patroon, there all-time scoring leader.
The first home game for the Patroons will be on Jan. 6 at the Armory. Season tickets for the 16-game home season range from $99 to $399 and are available online at Patroonsbasketball.com.
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