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Buffalo 716ers sign NBA-D League Veteran & 2011 UConn National Champion star center Charles Okwandu


Buffalo, NY (November 24, 2014) – Former University of Connecticut star center Charles Okwandu signed a one year contract to play for the Buffalo 716ers of the Premier Basketball League (PBL) for the 2014 – 2015 season. Okwandu is a NBA Development League (NBA-D League) veteran, as well as a NCAA national championship as a member of the University of Connecticut Huskies 2010 – 2011 team. This will be Okwandu’s third season playing professional basketball since graduating from college.

Okwandu, a 7 foot center, played in 81 games for the Huskies, finishing his collegiate career with 153 points, 173 total rebounds, and 66 blocked shots. Following graduation he went undrafted by the NBA, and became an unrestricted free agent.

For the 2011-2012 professional season he played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA-D League, appearing in 13 games. During the 2011 – 2012 NBA-D season he scored 28 points, and had 44 total rebounds and 13 blocked shots. The Vipers are the development team for the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

Following the 2011 – 2012 season Okwandu was released by the Vipers, and joined the Tampa Bay Vipers of the Florida Basketball Association for the 2013 season. After completing this short season he briefly signed with the North Dallas Vandals of the American Basketball Association (ABA), competing in 7 games and scoring 70 points and recording 22 blocked shots. Okwandu signed with the Mississagua Power of the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada for the remainder of the 2013 – 2014 season.

Okwandu appeared in 12 games for the Power, scoring 28 points, recording 18 total rebounds, and blocking 3 shots.

“Charles brings with him length, experience, and size to our roster. He has gained valuable experience playing professional basketball for the last three seasons,” stated head coach Tawan Slaughter.

Okwandu’s first appearance for the 716ers will be during the pre-season Thankgsiving Weekend Tournament. Okwandu’s first regular season game for the 716ers will be on December 6th when they host the Lynchburg Titans at 2 pm at Tapestry Charter School.


About the Buffalo 716ers

The Buffalo 716ers are Buffalo’s only professional basketball team, competing in the Premier Basketball League (PBL). Home games are played at Tapestry Charter School, 65 Great Arrow Ave., Buffalo, NY. The owner/coach is Tawan Slaughter, who is from Buffalo, is committed to making professional basketball thrive in Buffalo.

The 716ers start their 2014 – 2015 PBL season with a home game on December 6, 2014, at 2 pm at Tapestry Charter School.

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We are proud to announce that Hertz is the “Official Car Rental Company” of the Buffalo 716ers for the 2014 – 2015 PBL season. Hertz will be providing the 716ers with luxury vehicles for all away games. Fans, make sure you stop in Hertz located at, 2200 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304, for all your car rental needs.

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716ers Release 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule

Buffalo, NY- After weeks of anticipation, the 2014-15 Buffalo 716ers regular season schedule is now here! The 20-game campaign begins on Saturday, December 6th when the Lynchburg Titans visit the 716ers at the Tapestry Charter School Thunderdome. Other key dates on the schedule include December 13th when the Erie Hurricane make their first of three visits to Buffalo for a 2:00 PM contest. The 716ers take on the defending PBL champion Rochester Razorsharks December 21st at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, the first of five match-ups against the Razorsharks this season. On February 21st, the PBL’s newest franchise, the Philadelphia Flight, take their first regular season trip to the (716) with game time 2:00 PM. The regular season concludes March 28th when the Erie Hurricane visit again with tip-off at 2:00 PM. Special thanks to Brandon Soto for creating this season’s schedule graphic.

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Buffalo, NY- The 2014-15 Premier Basketball League season is now less than 50 days away, and the 716ers are excited to announce the final player signing for the upcoming campaign, point guard Shaun Fenner. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, the 5’11″ Fenner played collegiality at American Sports University in San Bernardino, California before signing with the West LA Advantage of the West Coast Pro Basketball League. Shaun brings elite ball handling skills, great court vision, quick hands defensively, and a floor general mentality that will undoubtedly bolster an already talented 716ers roster.

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