Tampa 20/20 Accepted into TBT 2019 field

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Only six spots remain in TBT's Greensboro Regional

Did you feel that? It just got a little bit more crowded in Greensboro.

On Thursday, TBT announced that Tampa 20/20 is the first non-host team to be accepted into the 2019 field. They will join Team CP3 - a team organized and coached by 9x NBA All-Star Chris Paul - in Greensboro from July 19-21. 

The acceptance comes just minutes after 20/20 announced that 2x NBA All-Star and rebounding leader Andre Drummond will be coaching the squad this summer. Drummond is a close friend of Tampa 20/20 point guard DaQuan Brooks, a 5-foot-10 Western Connecticut State alum who made headlines last year for his relentless pursuit to try and make an NBA roster.

"Super thrilled to have Andre Drummond as our coach," said GM Matt Moschella. "He's going to be a huge asset to our team. The knowledge that he brings is only going to make our guys better and put us on the path towards winning some money."

In case you missed it, TBT will be admitting teams on a rolling basis from now through June 1. A multitude of factors are taken into consideration, including having a celebrity involved with the team, past performance in TBT, and the ability to appeal to a growing number of fans as you advance. When 20/20 announced that Drummond would be coaching the squad, the TBT Selection Committee unanimously decided to accept them into the field of 64 

Tampa 20/20 competed in TBT for the first time last year, earning a 15-seed in the South Regional. After defeating Cancer +1, 86-72, in a play-in game on Friday night, the team faced Ram Nation (VCU Alumni) in a true road game at the Siegel Center the next day. Despite going up against one of the most storied teams and biggest crowds in TBT history, 20/20 played Ram Nation tight the whole game before eventually falling 86-72. 

The team brings a good mix of returning core players and fresh faces this summer. FIBA fans will surely recognize Johnathan Gray (Cornell) and LaRon Smith (Auburn), who both represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in international competition. Other notable names include former Virginia Tech sharpshooter Manny Atkins, overseas pro Brent Jackson, and 2018 Sun Belt All-Tournament Team member and Georgia State alum Isaiah Williams.

"We've been working hard towards this since we lost to Ram Nation last year," said Moschella. "For TBT to recognize this and accept us into the field so early is an awesome feeling."