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SIOUX CITY | Maurice Williams is less than a month removed from playing basketball in China.

Now Williams is adjusting to life as an owner of a basketball team. Williams is trying to put together a roster for the Sioux City Hornets.

The Hornets will play a limited schedule in the American Basketball Association this season if everything goes as planned.

"My girlfriend is from this area and playing in China the last seven months I did a lot of thinking about what I wanted to do after I was done playing," Williams said.

The plan, as of now, is to play a couple of charity games and four to six ABA games this season.

"We will play a few charity games -- one that will benefit autism -- just so the community can see what we are all about," Williams said. "We want to give our players exposure so they have a chance to play overseas or advance to another league."

Williams said they are putting the final touches on a roster that has players from California, Texas, Germany and a few around Siouxland. Training camp is set for Nov. 9.

The team is hoping to play its games at the Long Lines Family Recreation Center but details are still being worked out.

Williams, 27, said charity games could be played as soon as November or December with ABA contests likely coming in January or February.

Williams, who is from Pittsburg, California, played his college basketball at Porterville Junior College (California) and NAIA Pacific Union College (California).

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