Jersey City Gets Semi-Pro Basketball Team; Final Tryouts This Month, First Game in November

The six-year-old semi-professional basketball team Jersey Express is relocating this year to Jersey City, and has signed former St. Anthony’s star and first-round NBA pick Terry Dehere on as head coach.

The Express, which is owned by Marsha Blount and Jacqueline Halyard, is hosting a final open player tryout this month as it gears up for a November 19 home opener. Games will be played at the Jersey City Armory, and individual game tickets will be $10 ($5 for children).

“I’d like to thank Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy for his support, and commitment to the success of the team,” Blount says in a statement. “We look forward to Mayor Healy opening the new season for us on opening night, and we look forward to continuing our involvement in the city, with several upcoming community events and back to school initiatives.”

The team plays in the Northeast division of the American Basketball Association (ABA; no affiliation with the older ABA that was absorbed into today’s NBA). There are 15 home games scheduled for this season, running through March. In addition to Dehere, former Seton Hall University star Luther Wright has signed on as Big Man Coach, and the player lineups are being hammered out.

The final player tryout is October 15 at noon at Ferris High School. To register for the tryout, or for more information on the team, visit

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.