After a year off during the pandemic, minor league basketball is returning this summer as Akron’s pro basketball team, the Akron Aviators join the new Pro Basketball Association (PBA). Playing out of Twinsburg for the summer, the Aviators will play a 10 game season kicking off Saturday June 19th at the Edge Sports & Arts Academy in Twinsburg.

The Akron Aviators is a semi-pro basketball team founded in May of 2017 in the American Basketball Association by entertainment executive Brian “Essince” Collins of Royal Heir Entertainment and partner David Brooks. Seven former Aviators have been drafted internationally or to the higher echelons of basketball. “We are committed to giving back to the community and assisting players in reaching the next stage of their careers,” says Collins. “This has been a wild year and we’re excited to bring high level basketball back to the area.”

The Akron Aviators are coached by Dion Griffin, a native of Detroit, MI who has experience coaching winning teams from college to high school, including Aviators 6’9” center, Andre Fredrick (Robert Morris University).

Aviators basketball is fun for basketball fans of all ages. Adult tickets are just $10, while all students only pay $5. Children under are free. The home games will be at The Edge Sports & Arts Academy in Twinsburg, Ohio (9550 Ravenna rd, Twinsburg, OH 44087).

Tickets are available at and at the door.