Men’s professional basketball is coming to Brownwood in 2010.

The Texas Professional Basketball League, which currently consists of 11 teams from across the state, will welcome the Brownwood Brigade for its upcoming season.

“I’m very excited about the entry of Brownwood,” said TPBL league owner Chris Cardenas in a press release on the league’s Web site. “For years they’ve had very good high school and college basketball programs. Now, it’s time to bring in the pros.”

Action runs from January through May, and teams from the Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Midland, Wichita Falls, Lake Jackson and San Angelo areas comprised the Texas Professional Basketball League last season, which is in its fifth year according to the Web site.

Brigade team founders Jody Jordan and Aaron Adams are currently searching for a venue for the Brigade to play its home games, with Brownwood High School’s Warren Gym emerging as the leading candidate, according to Jordan.

Tryouts for the team, as well as dance team/cheerleaders, will be held July 25-26, but the location has yet to be finalized. Tryouts for basketball players are open to men ages 18 and up, and dance and cheer tryouts are open to women ages 18-35. The cost to tryout is $15 for the basketball team, and $10 for the cheer team.

Jordan also stated the Brigade is still in search of a head coach with the season still six months away. Further developments on the Brigade will appear in future editions of the Bulletin.

For more information about tryouts or the team, call Jordan at 325-227-1331.