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International Basketball Association

The International Basketball Association (IBA) was founded in Alexandria, Minnesota by entrepreneur Thomas Anderson in 1995. Anderson traveled the Upper Midwest searching for franchise owners for a couple of years before the league began play with five teams in the 1995-1996 season. The original owners of franchises in the league were George Daniel (Black Hills Posse-Rapid City, SD), John Korsmo, Al Gardner, and Al Hovland (Fargo Beez), Jeff McCarron (St. Cloud Rock 'n Rollers), Bill Sorensen (Dakota Wizards - Bismarck) and Earl Barish (Winnipeg Cyclones). Earl Barish of Winnipeg directed the IBA as League President and the league eventually grew to ten franchises. The founder, Thomas Anderson was granted a franchise along with partner Curt Zimbleman in Minot, North Dakota (Magic City Snowbears) for the 1996-1997 season. In the fall of 2001, CBA and IBL teams merged with the IBA and purchased the assets of the defunct CBA, including its name, logo and records from the bankruptcy court and restarted operations, calling itself the CBA. This group continued to operate until June 2009, when it was forced to cease operations.

International Basketball Association
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No. of teams18
Countries United States



League championshipsEdit

Year Champion Most Valuable Player
1995–96 Fargo-Moorhead Beez Isaac Burton, Black Hills Posse
1996–97 Black Hills Posse Dennis Edwards, Black Hills Posse
1997–98 Fargo-Moorhead Beez Andrell Hoard, Winnipeg Cyclone & Mike Lloyd, Mansfield Hawks
1998–99 Mansfield Hawks Andrell Hoard, Winnipeg Cyclone & Mike Lloyd, Mansfield Hawks
1999–00 Des Moines Dragons Brian Green, Dakota Wizards
2000–01 Dakota Wizards Lonnie Cooper, Des Moines Dragons
The IBA merged with the International Basketball League and the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) to "restart" the CBA for the 2001–2002 season.


Most Valuable PlayerEdit

  • 1995–96 – Isaac Burton (Black Hills Posse)
  • 1996–97 – Dennis Edwards (Black Hills Posse)
  • 1997–98 – Andrell Hoard (Winnipeg Cyclone) and Mike Lloyd (Mansfield Hawks)
  • 1998–99 – Andrell Hoard (Winnipeg Cyclone) and Mike Lloyd (Mansfield Hawks)
  • 1999–00 – Brian Green (Dakota Wizards)
  • 2000–01 – Lonnie Cooper (Des Moines Dragons)

Rookie of the YearEdit

  • 1997–98 – Kenya Capers (St. Paul Slam!)
  • 1998–99 – Roderick Blakney (Dakota Wizards)
  • 1999–00 – Antonio Reynolds-Dean (Dakota Wizards)
  • 2000–01 – Marcus Hicks (Siouxland Bombers)

Defensive Player of the YearEdit

  • 1997–98 – Ron Bayless (Des Moines Dragons)
  • 1998–99 – Roderick Blakney (Dakota Wizards)
  • 1999–00 – Johnny McCrimmon (Fargo-Moorhead Beez)
  • 2000–01 – Willie Murdaugh (Dakota Wizards)

Sixth Man of the YearEdit

Coach of the YearEdit

  • 1995–96 – Duane Ticknor (Black Hills Posse)
  • 1996–97 – Duane Ticknor (Black Hills Posse)
  • 1997–98 – Duane Ticknor (Black Hills Posse)
  • 1998–99 – Darryl Dawkins (Winnipeg Cyclone) and Kevin Mackey (Mansfield Hawks)
  • 1999–00 – Duane Ticknor (Dakota Wizards)
  • 2000–01 – Dave Joerger (Dakota Wizards) and Mike Born (Des Moines Dragons)

Statistical leadersEdit

Year Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
1995–96 Isaac Burton, 24.0 Erik Coleman, 10.0 Townsend Orr, 7.8 Isaac Burton, 2.5 Shane Drisdom, 3.2
1996–97 Dennis Edwards, 33.6 Mark Hutton, 10.8 Calvin Rayford, 8.9 Calvin Rayford, 2.9 Shane Drisdom, 3.0
1997–98 Artie Griffin, 26.8 Brian Shorter, 10.5 Darren Sanderlin, 8.3 Willie Murdaugh, 3.1 Chad Allen, 2.4
1998–99 Andrell Hoard, 28.6 DeRon Rutledge, 13.6 Curt Smith, 8.5 Roderick Blakney, 2.8 Garth Joseph, 2.5
1999–00 Rasaun Young, 27.6 Antonio Reynolds-Dean, 12.2 Malik Dixon, 7.9 T. J. Walker, 3.1 Johnny McCrimmon, 2.6
2000–01 Mac Irvin, 21.7 Jason Williams, 12.1 Tim Winn, 7.2 John Thomas, 2.8 John Ford, 2.2

Notable playersEdit

See alsoEdit

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