The Avon Aces are the 3rd new market for the 2021 season in The Basketball League joining the Syracuse Stallions, Little Rock Lightning, Fresno Fire bringing the total to 16+ teams for the 4th year.
Avon Aces are located in Avon Indiana. The Aces join the Indy Express, Owensboro Thoroughbreds , Dayton Flight and Columbus Condors in the midwest division PF TBL.
“We are thrilled to be bringing professional basketball to the Avon area. Our commitment to community and specifically engaging through our athletes as role models to the youth of Avon will help us become a real asset that can have a significant impact on the young lives we engage with”. Andrea Lowden & Lee McDuffey Team Market Owners.
The Aces plan to host regional combines/tryouts to find talent and will be announcing a head coach, venue location and dancer tryouts for the 2022 TBL Season..
“Adding another team in this Basketball rich state is exciting and the ownership group has a heart for young people, so I am personally thrilled to make this announcement to our TBL family.” —Evelyn Magley CEO TBL
Avon Aces Mission:
To positively impact lives in the community by creating and promoting family friendly entertainment utilizing the platform of men’s professional basketball in The Basketball League.
We strive to grow our organization through employment opportunities, community involvement, internships and community outreach.
We are committed to education through offering tutorial opportunities, financial literacy classes and basketball clinics.
We inspire youth by providing mentors at school and community events.
ANDREA LOWDEN / CEO/TEAM MARKET OWNER
Andrea is a seasoned decorated Nurse that has been a successful RN for over 20+ years. She is one of America’s Hero’s, most recently working and contributing to the front line COVID-19 unit at St. Vincent Hospital. She has extensive management in healthcare and healthcare management.
Andrea is a devout basketball fan and has been for many years beginning with her son Evan and his youth basketball programs. She continues to support Evan as he enters his senior year at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan where he plays as a guard for the Timberwolves.
Andrea is also a huge supporter of her youngest son Eron and his George Hill All Indy Club. It is Andrea’s love of basketball, community and giving back that urged her to invest in the Avon Aces and the Anderson Community as a whole.
“We are thrilled to be bringing professional basketball to the Avon area. Our commitment to community and specifically engaging through our athletes as role models to the youth of Avon will help us become a real asset that can have a significant impact on the young lives we engage with”. —Andrea Lowden & Lee McDuffey -Team Market Owners
LEE MCDUFFEY / GENERAL MANAGER/TMO
Lee has been successful and instrumental in developing sports programs and mentoring at the Boys Club, YMCA and other gyms where he works with today’s youth.
He was the first ever head coach for the Indy Express in TBL, last season. Formerly Lee was the GM and Head Coach for the Indiana Blaze of the CBA. The Blaze finished first with a season averaging of 135 points a game and Coach McDuffey was voted the league’s “Coach of The Year” as the Indy Blaze won the 2015 CBA National Championship.
McDuffey coached at North Carolina Christian Prep Academy leading them to a National ranking of 5th with NCCPA finishing 2nd at the Prep School National Tournament.
He also coached collegiate basketball at D1 Junior College and recruited for D1 Savannah State University Men’s Basketball for two seasons, signing his oldest son Deven Williams who finished as the team’s leading scorer his senior year.
Lee has created events as well as sports programs designed to keep youth off the streets and away from drugs. He has also been instrumental providing resources for tutoring youth in need of tutorial services.
“I am very excited about the Avon Aces as well as getting entrenched in the Avon community to help add value and make a difference.” —Lee McDuffey
EVAN LOWDEN / TBL SPORTS MARKETING/SPORTS MANAGEMENT INTERN
Evan Lowden began playing basketball at a young age and with hard work, perseverance and participation in AAU he became a captain and starter on the Orioles varsity basketball team in Avon, IN. He was further awarded MVP of the Indiana Elite, North vs South basketball game which he was honored to be selected to participate.
Awarded a scholarship to play basketball at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Illinois he helped lead the Jaguars to the 2018 Regional Tournament for the first time in ten years. Graduating with an Associates Degree in Accounting he then received a full ride scholarship to Northwood University in Midland, Michigan were he currently plays as a starting guard at the collegiate level.
Evan is entering his senior year as a student athlete where he is working towards a degree in Sports Management.
Evan loves working with youth and is active in his community volunteering, training and mentoring as he freely gives back to positively impact lives. “I am looking forward to actively working with the youth and the community in Anderson. The basketball history is legendary there and I am so proud to be a part of the continuance of it’s basketball heritage.” —Evan Lowden