Next month, The Basketball Tournament tips off with regionals in Los Angeles, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Chicago. TBT is a tournament that anyone can enter, as long as they have seven players. A portion of the event will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.
Fans vote for teams and the top 11 vote-getters in each of the four regions get automatic bids, in addition to the team that reached the final four the year before. Three spots are given to "at-large" teams and the 16th spot in each region is given to the team that can raise the most money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
The first tournament was in 2014, with the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni beating Team Barstool, of which Josh Boone was a member, for $500,000. The following year, Overseas Elite took down Team 23 for $1,000,000. This year, the prize is $2,000,000. The championship will be on August 2.
Five former Huskies are on teams currently in the tournament, with one more attempting to gain entry into the field as one of the final teams.
Josh Boone will be competing on the Talledega Knights out of the Northeast region. He is joined by two UMass graduates as well as Edgar Sosa from Louisville and Carleton Scott, a former Notre Dame player. Boone was a first round pick (23rd overall) by the then New Jersey Nets in 2006 and played four years for the Nets before moving overseas. He is currently playing for BC Khimki in Russia.
Boone will be joined in the Northeast region by Ater Majok, who is playing for Big Apple Basketball. Majok was a second round (58th overall) pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011 but never played a minute in the NBA. He is currently playing in Poland for Trefl Sopot.
Marcus Williams will be competing in the Northeast region as well on Team Maryland. Alex Stephenson and Jerelle Benimon are on the team, which will be coached by former Maryland Terrapin Juan Dixon. Williams was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Nets in 2006 and played four seasons in the NBA for three teams. He played five more seasons overseas, last playing in Serbia for Crvena Zvezda.
Gavin Edwards is a member of 2015 finalist Team 23, which is in the West region and is full of players with international experience. Edwards went undrafted after completing his eligibility at UConn in 2010 and is currently playing in Japan for the Aisin Seahorses.
In the Northeast region, City of Gods will have Lasan Kromah as a member after winning the region in 2015. James White, who played at Cincinnati and was drafted by the Trailblazers, is on that team as well. Michael Sweetney and Chris Wright of Georgetown are also on the team. Kromah played a graduate transfer year at UConn after three years at George Washington. He played a key role in UConn's 2014 championship run, playing in all 40 games and starting 17 of them. He went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft and last played for Kavala in Greece.
Rudy Gay is a booster for The Untouchables, playing in the Northeast. Victor Cruz is also a booster and Jermaine Dixon is a member of the team, as is Gary McGhee, who was last seen by UConn fans losing his ankles at Madison Square Garden.
Citi Team, out of the South region, is trying to take one of the final openings in the tournament field. Jerome Dyson, currently playing for Auxilium CUS Torino, is on that team. If they donate the most money to Big Brothers Big Sisters out of the remaining eligible teams in the South, they will be granted entry into the tournament. Their team page, with directions to donate, is here.