Dayton alumni accepted to play in Columbus Regional

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Members of the Flyers 2014 Elite Eight squad will reunite at TBT's Columbus Regional

Players representing Dayton and Ohio State playing in the same regional? Sounds like deja vu to us.

On Thursday, TBT announced that it has accepted Flyers alumni squad 'Red Scare' to play in the Columbus Regional. They will join the Ohio State Alumni at Capital University from July 19-21.

Red Scare is the third non-host team to be accepted, leaving just 53 spots remaining in the TBT field. The Andre Drummond-led Tampa 20/20 (Greensboro) and Kansas State alumni squad 'Purple & Black' (Wichita) have also punched their tickets to TBT 2019.

 

"We are so excited to be accepted to the TBT this early because it shows how great our fans and support really are," said Red Scare co-GM Joey Gruden, "especially since we are a first-year team and started all this from scratch. So, to be accepted this early is incredible, and we are beyond excited to play in the TBT this summer."

The admission for Red Scare comes amid a wave of fan support that they have enjoyed since entering the field. As part of TBT's acceptance criteria, we have asked fans to post messages of support for their favorite team using the hashtag #TBTRecs on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Over the past six weeks, Red Scare has gotten over 40 people to endorse the team, including Dayton President Eric F. Spina and Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt.

 

"It's incredible to get support from people like President Spina, Jake Butt, and everyone else who has shown support to the Red Scare," said Gruden. "Some of these big names really helped us take off and grow as a team and without them we may not be where we are today."

For as good a job as the team has done rallying fan support, they're also quickly putting together one of the deepest teams TBT has ever seen. Organized by Gruden and Jeremiah Bonsu, who were both walk-ons for Coach Archie Miller, Red Scare is uniting some of the best players in Flyers history, including a handful of players from the 2014 Elite Eight squad. One of those familiar faces include Vee Sanford, who hit the game-winner to defeat Ohio State in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament. Other notable names from the 2014 team include leading rebounder Devin Oliver, freshman sensation Kendall Pollard, two-year captain Kyle Davis, and NCAA South All-Region member Dyshawn Pierre. The trio of Sanford, Oliver, and Pierre bring TBT experience, having previously competed with the Broad Street Ballers.

 

Two other names to keep an eye on this summer are Josh Cunningham and Kevin Dillard. Cunningham is the youngest player on The Red Scare roster, having just concluded his Dayton basketball career a couple of weeks ago. He scored 964 career points and was a three-year captain of the Flyers. On the other hand, Dillard enters TBT 2019 with a wealth of professional experience under his belt. Since graduating in 2013, the 6-foot guard has played in Italy, Latvia, France, Greece, Belgium, Turkey, New Zealand, Israel, and Hungary.

"I think we have really good talent on our roster and can compete with any team in the tournament," said Gruden. "Dayton basketball has always had this grit to them and we never back down from anyone. I expect this team to make a run in the tournament and compete for the $2 million prize."

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