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ABOUT US

Basketball and the City of Flint have been synonymous with one another since the early 1960’s. As we, Flint United, enter the landscape of the city it’s our responsibility to continue this legacy. from building a championship pedigree to being heavily immersed in the community, our mission and presence will be undeniable across the state, the nation, and the league.

Flint United Mission

u·ni·ty
/ˈyo͞onədē/
1. the state of being United or joined as a whole.
 
On the court, Flint United, will play with the passion and grit of the city that birthed it. In the shadows of legacy left by the great high school programs, to the elite prowess of collegiate powerhouses, and descendants of the NBA elite. In the community, we will be the pulse of the city’s revitalization through our commitment to enriching the lives of all. We Unite.

Kevin Mays II: Owner

Kevin Mays II, a life-long native of Flint, Michigan is the new franchise owner of Flint United. Flint United will compete within The Basketball League, an American-based, professional basketball league that currently resides in 23 markets across the country.
 
Kevin is a 2007 graduate of Carman-Ainsworth High School, where he was a varsity letterman in both football and track and field. Notably, during his high school track career, he was the 2007 Michigan State Champion in the discus and also broke the school record of NFL veteran and former U.S. Representative (New Jersey), Jon Runyan.
 
Post-collegiately, Kevin continued his athletic career in both sports at Central Michigan University (2012). On the gridiron, he was a part of the 2007 Mid-American Conference Championship program. But, most of his athletic success transpired on the track where he was a 5-year varsity letterman, won a Mid-American Conference championship in the weight throw, and earned All-American honors, twice (2011, 2012).
 
This success led Kevin to a career in professional sports, where he has continued to excel and break barriers in all areas and has ultimately landed him at the helm of Flint United and The Basketball League.
 
Professional Career & Accomplishments:
Inside Sales Associate, The Aspire Group, (NCAA, The University of Kansas), 2013-2015
Director of Fundraising & Development, Central Michigan University, 2015-2016
Director of Sales, Flint Firebirds, 2017-2018
President, CMB Basketball, 2018-Present
Operations Manager, Flint City Bucks, 2019
Consultant, Victory Group International, 2020-Present

Jalen Lee: Vice President and Co-Owner

Jalen  Deshawn Lee was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he discovered a passion for basketball while playing for one of the most prominent programs in Detroit, the Reach Legends. He was a 2-year letterman in basketball at Lakeview High School in Saint Claire Shores. He attended Central Michigan University and through CMU and fraternal ties to Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated he found a love for the city of Flint due to involvement in philanthropic events in the city and those associated with the University of Michigan-Flint.

Once leaving Central Michigan University, Jalen entered the mortgage industry where he excelled to become a Director of Mortgage Banking. Here he led a team of 30 people to be the top team in the region for the year of 2020.

With his passion for the players and the game, his love for the city of Flint, and his proven leadership qualities, Jalen will be a great addition to push Flint United Basketball Club to the next level. 

Matt Washington:  General Manager

Matthew M. Washington, a proud Flint native, is named Chief of Operations/General Manager of Flint United.
 
Matthew is a 2007 graduate of Flint Northwestern High School where he was an All-City/Conference standout in Tennis. Coming from a family of NCAA and professional Athletes afforded him not only player development knowledge, but an early business acumen in professional sports, Diversity Equity & Inclusion.
 
Matthew is currently an MBA student while working at The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where he serves as Curriculum Coordinator for the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. He has also served more than 6 years in Player/Team Development on the Collegiate and Professional levels. Matthew currently is in his 3rd year also working in Michigan’s Athletic Department, serving as Assistant Operations Manager of Michigan Athletics.
 
Matthew’s wealth of success and experience in Sports Operations, Player Development, and Community Activism is why is named Chief of Operations and General Manager of Flint United.

Charlie Bell III: Head Coach

Charlie Bell III, previously served as an assistant coach for the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League and as an assistant coach for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Michigan State, and had a stellar overseas and NBA career.

College Career:
Bell had an excellent college basketball career at Michigan State, appearing in three NCAA Final Fours, and being named Michigan State Defensive Player of the Year, in each of the four years he played there.

Professional Career:
Bell wasn’t selected in the NBA draft, but he was signed by the Phoenix Suns, on July 23, 2001, as a free agent, and played five games for them. After a rather brief stint in the NBA, Bell took his career to Europe to play in the Italian and Spanish Leagues where he was regarded as a star. He was a three time Spanish League player of the month.

Bell signed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2005–06 season, and on March 28, 2006, had his best performance since entering the league, recording his first career triple-double in the Bucks’ 132–110 win over the Suns. Bell had then-career highs of 19 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead Milwaukee.

Bell, appeared in 59 games (starting in six) for the Bucks in the 2005–2006 regular season, and finished with averages of 8.4 points, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game. He improved those numbers the following season, to 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per games in 35 minutes on average, while appearing in all 82 games.

The next three (3) seasons he would appear in 209 games for the Bucks, and finish his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors in 2012.