Buffalo's Tim Winn selected as one of ABA's top players

April 5, 2006 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Buffalo Silverbacks News Release

Buffalo, NY. The Buffalo Rapids announced today that Tim Winn has been selected for the second team All ABA, where the top ten best players in the league are chosen based on performance and team contributions throughout the season. Tim as named All ABA after a great season where he led the Buffalo Rapids to the second round of the playoffs and averaged 25 points per game, 11 assists and 4 steals during the season. Tim also represented the Rapids in the ABA All Star Game in Sunrise, Florida.

According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "The caliber of play this season was exceptional. To be selected as an ABA All Star is quite an achievement. Over 5000 players tried out for the ABA teams this year - with nearly 500 making the teams. Choosing Tim as an All Star was not difficult; statistically he was among the league leaders, off the court, he was a leader as well and epitomizes the best in professional athletes."

Coach Richard Jacob said, "This adds to Tim Winn's professional basketball achievements and the greatest thing is that it's in his own backyard. He is leading the charge in bringing professional basketball back to WNY. It is an outstanding accomplishment for any player to be in the top ten in the country and we look forward to building on these successes. He is literally right at home in this position as team captain/player/assistant coach and we are proud of him."

Coach Jacob continued, "The momentum built by this inaugural season will soon present the WNY community with a quality community-based organization that, through the game of basketball, will be sure to positively contribute to a better WNY community."

Winn is a long time Western New York basketball star, attending LaSalle High School in Niagara Falls where they won back to back championships in '95 and '96 and St. Bonaventure University where he led the team to the NCAA Tournament against Kentucky, running the game into double overtime.

Tim Winn said, "I'm enjoying a great ride of blessings. There has been just enough adversity over this past season to motivate me even more than I already was. I embraced and fell in love with everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. In doing so, my faith has remained the same. I'm in the company of great people, my owner, my coaches and my teammates. They make going to work easy for me, and that's why I was able to accomplish what I did this season. I'm honored and very grateful, and I look forward to even greater blessings in the future. But for now, I'm going to continue staying humble, working hard and praying. And to every kid with aspirations to be successful in life, just do your best and never quit." For more information, visit www.buffalorapids.com or www.abalive.com.

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