Article Credit: Matt Foster (KETV) – Sports Reporter
Omaha’s Finest begins their season on April 9 against the Enid Outlaws.
OMAHA, Neb. —
Professional basketball has officially arrived in Omaha.
“You’re wearing Omaha across your chest,” said Malik Hluchoweckyj. “It’s your city. It’s just a different kind of pride.”
Omaha’s Finest is a team comprised of players who boast collegiate to professional to overseas experience, it’s a unique mix of foreign flare and local flavor, including several players who grew up playing basketball in the metro.
The team is one of the newest members of The Basketball League.
“A lot of opportunities are coming here to Omaha so it’s a great thing,” said Tre’Shawn Thurman, a former Omaha Central and UNO guard. “I’m loving it. It just hows how much bigger we’re getting and it’s crazy.”
Thurman’s former teammate at Central and UNO, Tra-Deon Hollins, is the owner and mastermind behind bringing a professional basketball team to Omaha.
Following multiple days of tryouts and a league-wide draft, Omaha’s Finest held their first day of training camp on Monday at Hoffman’s Hoops Academy in Gretna.
After day one, it’s clear the group has two things to work on: chemistry and conditioning.
“We’re going to have to learn and adjust to how guys play,” added Thurman. “We’re gonna have to learn each other’s games. We’re gonna have to hang out with each other, trust each other. Hopefully that’ll put us in a great position come the season.”
With their first game just under a month away, this group feels like this season could be the start of something special for the 402’s finest.
“Sky’s the limit,” Hluchoweckyj said. “Honestly, we’ve got a lot of talent and stuff like that. As long as we come out here and play good basketball, I think we could really make some noise in the league.”
Omaha’s Finest opens their inaugural season on April 9 against the Enid Outlaws at Millard North High School, the site of all their home games for the 2021 season.