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Great Falls’ Antwaan Cushingberry named to the 2024 TBL All-Conference West First Team

By Kevin Scott

The professional basketball league announced their 2024 TBL All-Conference West First Team this week and one local player from the Great Falls Electric player was named to the five-player team.

Cushingberry, the 33rd overall draft pick in the 2024 TBL Draft, stood out to the Great Falls Electric supporters and the TBL with his statistics. He averaged 22.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and seven assists per contest while playing in all 20 regular season games. Great Falls ended the season with ten victories,

Great Falls Head Coach Johnny Clark praised his young talented player. “When I saw Antwaan at the TBL Combine in Indianapolis in February, I watched him for five minutes and I knew I needed him on the team.”

His play reminded him of Clark’s playing days by continuing to put the ball in the basket when needed. His play at the Combine helped the Great Falls head coach see what he was going to get from Antwaan when other TBL Coaches and General Manager’s did not see.

“I’m not one bit surprised at his astounding season and the accolades it’s gotten him,” said Clark.” “(Cush)ingberry was receptive to coaching all season and combined with his positive attitude and work ethic throughout my time with him, here we are with him named one of the top five players in the TBL West.”

Antwaan started his prep career at Warren Central High School (Indiana) and then starred for the NAIA’s St. Francis (Ind.) Cougars in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 5’10” guard became a three-time All-American averaging 20.1 points per contest during the 2022-23 season. His scoring has been him in the record book at the University of St. Francis as he is the all-time scoring leader with 2,400 points while leading the NAIA squad to three National Tournament appearances.

“It’s just another blessing (from my lord and Savior Jesus Christ),” said Cushingberry when he heard about the award he earned this season. “I would not have been able to achieve this if coach Johnny (Clark) never took a chance on me. He was the only coach that gave me a chance when seeing me at the TBL Combine. This accomplishment just makes me hungrier, and I just want to keep my head down and keep pushing myself to the next level.”

Joining Cushingberry on the All-Conference (West) First Team were Vancouver Volcanoes standout Markus Golder, Nazhiah Carter of the Seattle Super Hawks, Tremont Robinson White from the Wenatchee Bighorns, and the Los Angeles Ignite’s Marcus Bell.

Cushingberry competed against Golder, Carter, Robinson White but Great Falls did not challenge the Los Angeles Ignite this season.

About the Great Falls Electric Basketball and The Basketball League

About The Basketball League

The Basketball League is dedicated to delivering a World Class Professional Basketball experience to our community, our fans, and business partners. The Basketball League, Where the Spirit of the Game Lives.

The TBL, which began in 2018, currently features 39 teams across four conferences (East, Midwest, Central, and West) with the West Conference consisting of teams from Washington, California, and Oregon. Great Falls is the only team from Montana set to begin play in early 2024 and will be the tenth team in the Western Conference.

CONTACT:

Jim Keough

Great Falls Electric General Manager

Cell Phone: 406-868-6366

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