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New semipro hoops team showcases central Indiana talent, gains US attention

WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — It’s no secret that people love basketball in Indiana, but there’s a home team you might not know about that’s making noise not only in Hamilton County but around the country.

The Midwest Guardians have started playing as part of the American Basketball Association. The organization offers men the chance to develop their basketball skills while being paid. The Midwest Guardians compete all across the country. The Guardians are ranked 10th in the nation out of 200 teams.

Founder and head coach Devin Lloyd, a former ball player at Pike and Hamilton Southeastern high schools, said the team is a chance to build himself and others a future in basketball.

“I played semipro in the American Basketball Association last year and just long-term I wanted to see who I wanted to be,” he said. “Do I want to play on the court? Do I want to put my body through that for the next 10 years? Or do I want to get into coaching and having more ownership and stability in the basketball world?”

Lloyd says he’s passionate about giving his players a chance to chase their basketball dreams, paving the way for professional careers overseas or at the highest possible level they can reach. In the meantime, he hopes to keep shining a spotlight on their talent and put a great product on the court for hoops fans while they are a part of the Midwest Guardians.

The Guardians play their home games at The Jungle in Westfield.

Go on Facebook to follow the team.