Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it will be returning to Pittsburgh PA next season after a several year hiatus. “Pittsburgh was a great ABA city under the leadership of former NBA/ABA legend Freddie Lewis from McKeesport,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “We’ve been looking for just the right owners to bring the team back – and in Antjuan “Tjuan Benafactor” Washington and “Ace” Pippens,” we think we have just the people to maximize the potential of the team. We are very excited to have Pittsburgh and Tjuan and Ace in the ABA.”

Tjuan is an elite emerging artist in the genres of hip hop/rap and R & B. His talent, passion and drive have helped Tjuan become a notable producer and award winning song writer; his creativity and business sense is extraordinary. His current hit single, Fly Wit Me featuring Project Pat is now being played in-flight by Virgin Airlines and is featured on countless mixtapes. On the road, Tjuan has headlined in cities across the country and he can be heard nationwide on radio.

A true budding superstar – and now owner of a professional basketball team, the Steel City Yellow Jackets.

A co-owner of the Yellow Jackets is Averill “Ace” Pippens who will serve also as GM/Head Coach. Ace is currently enrolled at RMU’s doctoral program and has been coaching since 1997 where he started at Oliver High School prior to joining Penn State McKeesport men’s basketball where he was named Head Coach in 2006. He stepped down to continue his education and to start his own event promotion company, GoGetta Promotions.

“We are very pleased and excited to be part of the ABA,” stated Tjuan. “We know Ace will put a very competitive team on the court, together we will make the Yellow Jackets one of the most exciting, fun sports and entertainment attractions in the entire league when we add our brand of music and entertainment to each game. Pittsburgh – the ABA is back in a big way.” For more information, call 412 6O9-3888 or email The website will be announced shortly. Or visit

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