Two professional ABA basketball teams in Michigan have started the season ranked nationally. The Detroit Hoops are ranked No. 31 and the Oakland County Cowboys came in at No. 32 in the power rankings released by the ABA last week. There are 90 ABA franchises and the rankings are determined by both strength of schedule and strength of roster.
Giovanni Rogers, the team’s owner and also a player, also announced that the Cowboys have an interim coach. John Djokic, an assistant at Bloomfield Hills Lahser, will coach the team. The previous coach, Tom Staten, had to step down because of his job commitments. Rogers also announced the team has added another player to the roster in former Concordia and Walled Lake Western player Bryan Verdun.
The roster also includes Southfield native Marcus Hopkins, Marygrove’s all-time leading scorer, and Justin McKinney, Marygrove’s second all-time leading scorer. Brandon Matthews, who played at Oakland Community College and Spring Arbor and is an assistant coach at Schoolcraft Community College, joins the team this season, and Jason Trotter, a Bloomfield Hills native who played at Howard University is also on the roster.
“I’m extremely excited for the season, both as a player and owner,” Rogers siad. “It was great to be ranked. There are a host of other good teams that didn’t make the rankings.”
The Cowboys and Hoops will be playing each other in back-to-back games Nov. 10-11 at 5 p.m. For more on the Cowboys, check out BallinMichigan’s story from earlier this fall.