Overseas Elite announces return for TBT 2019, eyes historic five-peat

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Overseas Elite has a message for the world: they're not done yet

There's no blueprint for how to act or feel when you're 25-0 and have won $7 million in four years. With that being said, in the case of Overseas Elite, it has only made them hungry for more.

On Saturday, the four-time champs announced that they would be returning for TBT 2019. They will play in the Richmond Regional from July 26-28. 

While Overseas Elite has already more than solidified themselves as one of the greatest basketball teams ever assembled, if they can complete the five-peat in TBT 2019, it would truly put them in uncharted territory. In the history of organized basketball, only the 1959-66 Boston Celtics and 1967-1973 UCLA Bruins have accomplished the feat.

After digesting all of that, are you inclined to believe that fate will catch up with them in TBT 2019? Based on how they played last summer, that's far from a safe bet. Over the course of the team's first three championship runs, they developed a reputation for playing in (and winning) excruciatingly close games. That changed in 2018. Aside from an 87-86 Super 16 win over Louisiana United, the champs won each game by double digits. That includes an 85-60 thrashing of the Golden Eagles in the Semifinals and a comfortable 70-58 victory over Eberlein Drive in the Championship Game.

As expected, much of the Overseas Elite core will return for TBT 2019. That includes two-time TBT MVP DJ Kennedy (14.3 ppg, 9 rpg in 2018), five-year TBT participant Justin Burrell (12 ppg, 7 rpg), Iowa State alum and Maccabi Tel Aviv star DeAndre Kane (6 ppg, 3.3 rpg), as well as Gonzaga legend and 3x Israeli League champion Jeremy Pargo (7.7 ppg, 3.3 apg).

Along with Kane and Pargo, several other members of Maccabi Tel Aviv will suit up with Overseas Elite this summer. Among those include Angelo Caloiaro, John DiBartolomeo, and Alex Tyus. The team has also added four-year NBA vet Bobby Brown, who played with the CitiTeam Blazers in 2018.

While only time will tell if Overseas Elite can take home another $2 million this summer, one thing is guaranteed: all eyes will be on the champs this summer.