Florida TNT locks up Greensboro Regional buy-in slot

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Only five spots remain in CP3's Greensboro Regional

A familiar face just locked up a spot in Greensboro.

On Wednesday, Florida TNT purchased one of eight buy-in slots available for TBT 2019 (one per region). They will join Team CP3 and Tampa 20/20 at the Greensboro Coliseum from July 19-21.

 

Florida TNT is led by Terry Hughes, who served as GM of Team DRC last summer. He retains several members of that Super 16 squad, including Ole Miss alum Chris Warren, former NC State and Arena Football League star Jarvis Williams, and 2015 G-League All-Star Eric Griffin

"Our team is very excited," said Hughes. "We feel that last year we underperformed and we didn't capitalize on the opportunity when it presented itself."

Even though they're playing under a new name this summer, the pedigree that Hughes brings to TBT is well-established in prominent basketball circles. Over the past 10 years, he has led his Central Florida-based team to wins in 20+ cash tournaments all around the country. He believes that this familiarity with each other will be instrumental in TBT 2019.

 

"I can say 'remember that it’s just basketball,'" said Hughes, '"don’t think about the money, don’t think about the people, don’t think about the lights and the cameras, it’s just basketball. Everyone is playing on ESPN...so just don’t think about it.'"

While the roster is stacked from top-to-bottom, the returning Chris Warren will undoubtedly receive the most attention from opponents. He finished his Ole Miss career (2007-2011) ranked first all-time in program history in points per game (17.5), assists (452), field goal attempts (1,563), 3-pointers made (334), and free throw percentage (86%). He has since played all over world, most notably winning a FIBA Europe Cup championship with Nanterre (France) in 2017.

When Warren is getting buckets, the team will look to Jarvis Williams to clean up the boards and play tough interior defense. Even though he was a star in high school, the 6-foot-5 small forward is one of the only players in TBT who didn't play college basketball. Instead, he was a standout wide receiver at NC State from 2006-2010. Williams racked up 133 receptions, 1,764 yards, and 20 touchdowns; each of which rank in the top-11 in Wildcats history. He went on to play in the Arena Football League from 2012-2015.

 

Devaughn Akoon-Purcell is another player to watch closely in TBT 2019. Not only did he have a fantastic two-year run at Illinois State from 2014-2016, but he won consecutive championships in Demark with the Bakken Bears in his first two professional seasons. He is currently suiting up for ESSM Le Portel in France. While we're at it, we would be remiss not to mention Angelo Warner. The Orlando native finished his Morehead State career (2011-2015) ranked 10th in school history in points (1,557) and is currently having a breakout year (19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists per game) for Sopron KC in Hungary's top division. 

"I think we are a very talented group," said Hughes, "but what I feel more is that this group will work together as a team. Not saying that the other group last year did not, but we just had a talented collection of guys that probably didn’t mold as well together. I think this group will mold together a lot better."