Mark Aguirre Named President of Champions Basketball League

Former DePaul basketball great Mark Aguirre was named President of the new Champions Basketball League today.

Champions Basketball League is a new competitive basketball league which will begin operation in 16 U.S. cities (including Chicago) beginning in the summer of 2017.  The league plans to feature former NBA players.

In his new role, Aguirre will oversee the Champions Basketball League’s recruiting efforts. In addition, Aguirre will oversee game logistics, including defining how the games will run and ensuring the game is competitive and fun for the fans.

Aguirre averaged 24.5 points per game in his three college seasons at DePaul from 1978 to 1981. He led the Blue Demons to the Final Four in his freshman season at DePaul.  He was twice named an Associated Press All-American.  Following his junior season, Aguirre earned the AP, USBWA, UPI, and Sporting News Player of the Year Awards and also received the James Naismith Award.

Aguirre was the first player selected in the 1981 NBA Draft. He then went on to a 14 year playing career in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and L.A. Clippers.

“We’re excited to have Mark Aguirre join our Champions team,” said Carl George, Chairman and CEO of Champions Basketball League. “Aguirre is the ultimate competitor on the court and off, and we are fortunate to have him running our recruiting efforts and bringing top name former NBA players to our league.”

“Basketball runs in my blood,” said Aguirre. “Champions League is creating opportunities for former players like myself. We can’t wait for the season to kick off.”


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