MIAMI — The name of Miami’s team in the new Central States Basketball League: the Gunners.

CSBL director of operations Shawn Smith made the announcement Wednesday night.

“Someone suggested that we choose a name that would fit in Oklahoma and we decided to go with the Gunners,” Smith said via text.

Other names that were considered were the Miami Reapers and Bullets as well as the Oklahoma Magicians and Defenders.

As a result, the Kansas City, Missouri, team is the only one that has not been named.

The rest of the teams in the league will be known as the Lawrence (Kansas) Wizards, St. Joseph (Missouri) Riverrats, Junction City (Kansas) Command, the Hutchinson (Kansas) Apollos, Dodge City (Kansas) Thunderbolts and Springfield (Missouri) Blackjacks.

Miami, Hutchinson, Dodge City and Springfield in the South Division while Lawrence, St. Joseph, Junction City and Kansas City will play in the North.

Smith said a site for the Gunners to play their home games and a date for player tryouts should be decided within a week or two.

The league will begin play Nov. 2.

“We want to make sure tickets are affordable for the fans,” said Smith, who noted that there would be special ticket prices.

Precision Sports of Topeka, Kansas, will operate the league.

The league has a Facebook page as well as a Twitter handle, @csblbasketball.

For more information on the league, contact Smith at