TBT ALUMS FINDING SUCCESS AT BASKETBALL'S HIGHEST LEVELS

 

By: Gabe Maturo


TBT alums are doing huge things

For hundreds of TBT players, the tournament is about more than money. It's about proving you belong, making a name for yourself, and boosting your career. The TBT community is constantly rejoicing when a player signs a new contract or performs well in their professional careers outside of the tournament.

Here’s a list of players who’ve magnified their careers with their performances in TBT: 

Matt Walsh - Team Barstool

In 2014, Matt Walsh was putting up numbers in TBT. In five games with Team Barstool, the Florida alum averaged 17.2 points, 2.2 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game. Prior to TBT, Walsh had been playing in leagues across Europe. After the 2014 tournament, he played the final year of his professional career in Turkey and retired from the sport of basketball. However, this didn’t stop him from being involved in the sport. Just three years later in 2018, Walsh signed on to become the CEO and owner of the New Zealand Breakers in Australia’s NBL along with fellow TBT teammate Dan "Big Cat" Katz. 

 

Dahntay Jones - Team Barstool

Dahntay Jones was the heart and soul of the Team Barstool squad that made a run to the 2014 TBT Championship game. Despite losing to the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni, Jones still pulled off a cool 21.6 points per game throughout the tournament. But, still, losing that game left him with a bitter taste in his mouth. Before this TBT run, Jones was bouncing around the NBA and G-League. After TBT, he went on to be signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2015-2016 season. Dahntay ultimately avenged his TBT championship loss with an NBA championship win. He teamed up with LeBron and company to help the Cavs come back from a 3-1 deficit to the Warriors and bring Cleveland its first title in franchise history.

 

Brad Wanamaker - The Untouchables (Pitt Alumni)

Heading into TBT 2016, Brad Wanamaker was known as one of the best guards in Europe. He affirmed that in the tournament, averaging 15.8 points, 3.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds. In fact, he was so good that the NBA caught notice. After his outstanding performances in TBT, Wanamaker signed with the Boston Celtics. Last season, he backed up Kemba Walker and helped Boston reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Now he’s headed to Golden State to back up Stephen Curry after signing a new contract this offseason.

 

Malcolm Miller - Armored Athlete

Malcolm Miller wasn't quite a household name before joining Armored Athlete in 2015. A Holy Cross alum, Miller had just attended the NBA Summer League and was getting ready for his first G-League season. While playing in TBT 2015 and 2016, Miller was able to showcase why his speed and athleticism instead deserved a spot on an NBA roster. The Raptors took notice, signing him to a two-way contract in 2017. It's been a great fit ever since, with Miller receiving a 2019 NBA Championship ring after they beat the Warriors in six games. 

 

Mike James - Team Maryland

In TBT 2016, Mike James gave everyone a glimpse of his prolific scoring abilities. In two games, he posted stat lines of 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 35 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists. Before this scoring outbreak, James was known as an up-and-coming player in Europe. But shortly after TBT he got his big break, signing with the Phoenix Suns. He played 32 games for the franchise, scoring double digits points in almost half of those. He's since solidified himself as one of the top five players in the EuroLeague and made a run to the TBT 2019 Semifinals with Team Hines.