Getting a chance to play in the NBA can be like winning the lottery. So for guys who have played basketball their whole lives and when a player doesn't hit the lotto he goes to a league like the United Basketball League hoping to be seen.
"I want to be able to get each one of these young men that make this team an opportunity at a higher level," said Texas Wranglers Head Coach Ozzie Denson. "Maybe it'll be the D-League. Maybe it'll be the NBA. Maybe it'll be overseas. That's my goal to try to get those twelve guys an opportunity just once in their lives."
The league has come a long way and now Denson runs the league as its Commissioner. The Wranglers practice at Dallas Christian University and play their home games in Addison. Players who have been around like thirty four year old Wranglers Forward Reggie Griffin point to a number of positive differences from other minor leagues.
"You won't have dates that are cancelled," said Griffin. "If you buy tickets to come to a game you'll have a game and you'll have a professional game."
Aside from running a high caliber basketball league Coach Denson also preaches value to his players and you can hear it in their voices.
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