Mr. Willie McCray Jr. was the first African American to form and own the first and largest national women's basketball development league in US history. The Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) was originally founded in November 2004 by Mr. McCray, with the assistance of co-founders Cortez Bond and Prentiss Broadway. The WBCBL provided former college players with top rate competition and exposure to professional scouts from around the world. The WBCBL also featured FIBA, former NWBL & WNBA players. The WBCBL was the first national women's development basketball league and the largest nationwide women's basketball league in North America, with a peak of 50 teams.
From 2004 to 2018, the WBCBL created hundreds of jobs across the North America and assisted in filling over 400 professional basketball jobs around the world. In September 2018, Mr. McCray, the WBCBL founder and president, retired and handed off the day-to-day operations to William Kelly. The league was rebranded as the Women's Basketball Development Association (WBDA) and continues as a successful platform in professional development.
Menifee native and Eastside High School graduate, Thomas Alonzo Johnson, was the first African American basketball player for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Click to read more.......
When Alma Byrd won an Arkansas state basketball title in 1939, she had never played on a wood court before. Byrd grew up in a rural area about eighty miles northwest of what was then called Arkansas AM&N, the host of many black basketball state tournaments in the era. “We didn’t know anything about how the ball would bounce off the floor,” she recalled in a July 2016 interview with KATV. Fortunately, her Menifee Travelerettes team was allowed to practice on the court beforehand.
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