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Urso the first to sign a pro contract with the GPBL

Aug. 10, 2009

Earlier this summer, Brian Urso became the first player to sign a contract in the newly formed Global Professional Basketball League. The Fox Chapel native who finished up his men's basketball career at Point Park after the 2008-09 season, inked a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Phantoms.


The GPBL, a semi-pro league that has six teams, was formed this summer and plans to open its season in January.

The Phantoms were the first team to announce the signing of any players, so Urso, a 6-3 swing man, has the distinction of being the first player in the league to sign a contract.

Urso spent one season at Point Park after transferring from Westminster. Urso was a starter for the first half of the 2008-09 season, and he averaged 6.3 points per game. Urso had a season-high 18 points in the season opener versus St. Joseph's.

Urso and his Phantoms teammates will have training camp in November in preparation for the season. Pittsburgh will play its home games at Court Time Sports Center in Elizabeth, Pa.

Urso earned a degree in elementary education in the spring. He is currently serving as a substitute teacher in the Fox Chapel School District.

Urso looking to make an impact with the Phantoms (From Valley News Dispatch, Aug. 9, 2009)