About Us

Basketball Times is The Real Voice of Collegiate Basketball and has been for over 30 years. Widely read by coaches, administrators and basketball media, BT combines award-winning writing with incredible amounts of inside information.

With a stable of writers and personalities that includes Bob Ryan, Dick “Hoops” Weiss, Wendy Parker, and Dick Vitale, BT not only discusses the shape of basketball, it’s fair to say that it shapes basketball as well. From the high schools to the colleges at all levels from preps to pros, BT introduces you to today’s players aiming to be tomorrow’s stars.

Twelve BIG monthly issues include the college preview, the honors, summer-camp and under-the-radar issues. BT covers all aspects of basketball beyond the major Division I powers, such as the mid-majors, small colleges, junior colleges, recruiting, international basketball, women’s basketball and the NBA.


On Dec. 10, 1980, Larry and Nanci Donald published their first issue of Basketball Times as the magazines’ editor, publisher, and vice president, after the official transfer of ownership from Starpointe Publishing Corporation of New York to LN Publications of Detroit. Larry laid out what he hoped to provide his readers – information and people. He promised to “get you thinking about your favorite sport” and his expectation was that his new publication “would become known as the Bible of Basketball.”

After Larry Donald died of an apparent heart attack in November 2000, Nanci Donald continued to run Basketball Times. John Akers was named managing editor in September 2001 and publisher in September 2011. John Akers can be contacted at (704) 443-9104 or at PO Box 1437, Matthews NC 28106.