Early TBT 2020 application period storylines

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Teams around the country are gearing up for TBT 2020

The TBT 2020 application period is just two weeks old, but teams around the country are already moving full-speed ahead. Here's the early storylines you need to know!

Stillwater Stars coming out hot

We're expecting dozens of new alumni teams to apply to TBT 2020. With that being said, nobody has come out of the gates stronger than the Stillwater Stars. The Oklahoma State alums already have nine players on the roster, including 1,600-point scorer and former Brooklyn Net Markel Brown, all-time Cowboys 3-point king Phil Forte, 2x Big 12 All-Defensive Team member Mike Cobbins, and 2012 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Le'Bryan Nash. In addition, last week they became the first 2020 team to add graduating college seniors to the roster, signing 3-point specialist Thomas Dziagwa and four-year starter Lindy Waters. The early consensus? This team is going to be a contender for years to come.

 

Team Washington is absolutely stacked

Speaking of new alumni teams making a splash, Team Washington is undoubtably the early favorite in what should be a stacked Las Vegas Regional. The team features some of the best Huskies from the last 18 years, including 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Tony Wroten, 1,400-point scorer Justin Dentmon, NBA vet Bobby Jones, and 2016 First-team All-Pac 12 nominee Andrew Andrews. Team Washington is also the first 2020 alumni team to add 'TBT grad transfers,' signing former Kansas Jayhawk and TBT vet Josh Selby and overseas legend Ricky Ledo. This is a team that will attract a lot of buzz as we approach summertime.

 

D2 is back for Round 2

For months leading up to TBT 2019, D2 promised us they would prove the doubters wrong. Of course, that's exactly what ended up happening. The team of Division 2 all-stars - mostly hailing out of Queens University in Charlotte - blew out the Bluegrass Boys (Kentucky alumni) in Lexington before falling in heartbreaking fashion to the Fort Wayne Champs in Round 2. With a year of TBT experience now under their belt, expect an even deeper run this summer. In addition to the returning Mike Davis (12.5 ppg, 3 rpg in 2019), the team made a big addition in Brian Harper. He brings three years of TBT experience, having played with powerhouse Trained To Go from 2015-2017. 

 

Red Scare bringing in recent grads for TBT 2020

The news that Red Scare is returning for TBT 2020 is a couple months old at this point. Last time we checked in, the team had already added 2019 Elam Ending hero Devin Oliver, defensive whiz Kyle Davis, and the always reliable Darrell Davis to the roster. They made another big splash this week. Similar to the Stillwater Stars, the Dayton alums added two graduating seniors from this season's Flyers squad, which was a lock to earn a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The first is Ryan Mikesell, the only player in Dayton history to be a part of three A-10 championship teams. He'll be joined by four-year teammate Trey Landers, who CBS analyst Seth Davis named to his 2019-2020 "All-Glue Team." Sure sounds like two players with TBT DNA. 

 

Florida TNT loading up for Florida Regional 

After playing Team Hines down to the wire in Greensboro last summer, it was apparent Florida TNT needed just one or two more pieces to get over the hump. They've responded in a big way this offseason, adding to a core that already consists of names like DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Eric Griffin, and Christopher Warren. Florida TNT has put together one of the craziest backcourts in TBT histroy, signing former Chicago Bulls point guard Antonio Blakeney, the NCAA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made Fletcher Magee, Florida Gators legend Kenny Boynton, and Houston Cougars 1,700-point scorer Rob Gray. With TBT coming to the greater-Orlando area this summer, expect GM Terry Hughes and company to make a serious run at $2 million.