Commissioner and CEO Mike Miller, left, and Compton Airmen Coach Russell Otis, right, welcome Renardo Sidney to the California Basketball Association. Sidney was the first player chosen in the CBA’s inaugural draft.


Men’s and Women’s Professional Basketball


Jan. 11, 2016                                                 


California Basketball Assn. Holds Draft

Center Renardo Sidney Is Men’s First-Ever Player Selected

COMPTON – Former Mississippi State star Renardo Sidney was the first player taken in the inaugural California Basketball Association’s draftSunday at the USESS Center.

In all, 48 players were selected by six different CBA men’s teams over eight rounds to play in the new men’s and women’s professional basketball league.

Sidney, a 6-10 center who was one of the nation’s most recruited players out of Fairfax High School in 2009, has the distinction of having his name called first by CBA Commissioner and CEO Mike Miller. Sidney’s professional playing experience consists of stints with the Los Angeles Defenders of the NBA’s D-League and the Guaros de Lara in Venezuela.

Sidney, who also starred at Artesia High and was a McDonald’s All American, was taken by the Compton Airmen, coached by Russell Otis, the former Compton Dominguez High School coach who guided the school to five state championships.

With the second pick of the CBA draft, the Long Beach Shoremen selected Ephraim Ekanem, a 6-7 forward who starred at the Northern Arizona University and Irvine Valley Community College.


CBA Men’s First Round Selections:

n  Compton Airmen: Renardo Sidney.

n  Long Beach Shoremen: Ephraim Ekanem.

n  Beverly Hills Palms: Ajon Efferson.

n  Los Angeles Transit: Joseph Morgan

n  Orange County Waves: Jermaine Small

n  Hollywood Stars: Imari Thomas

For a complete list of the players selected in the first CBA draft, visit the league’s website:

The CBA season is scheduled to tip off Jan. 24 and will run through May 15, followed by two rounds of playoffs and will conclude with a championship game June 5. All games will be played on Sundays at the USESS Center, the home of the CBA, located at 950 S. Central Ave., Compton.