November 11, 2016
ST. LOUIS - The Midwest Professional Basketball Association 2017 player combine, scheduled for November 20 in suburban Chicago, has been canceled.
“We didn’t have enough players sign up that we thought would be able to go overseas,” said C. Edward “Ed” Schumer, commissioner and chief executive officer of the MPBA. “We don’t want to just take money from kids, knowing they didn’t have a chance to move up. It’s not fair to them. Our combine process is not designed to just be a revenue stream for us.”
The MPBA has sent nearly 60 players overseas since beginning play in January 2015.
“This isn’t a rec league, or a league for somebody over 30 who still can play at a high level,” Schumer said. “We want young aspiring professionals who want to go to the next level.”
All players who registered and paid the combine fee will have their money refunded in full, Schumer said.
“We encourage players to still register in our free online database so that our coaches and personnel people can look at their resumes and films. And if, based on their credentials, we feel they have a shot to advance, we’ll reach out to them over the next month or so,” Schumer said.
The address for players to register in the online database is www.theMPBA.com/play.