TBT in the NBA

As the NBA preseason gets underway this week, you might recognize some names on NBA rosters that you've seen on former TBT rosters as well! Check out the guys that have made the jump from TBT to the NBA!


Jamil Wilson – Golden Eagles Alumni (Marquette) – LA Clippers

After spending his freshman season at Oregon, Jamil Wilson transferred to Marquette where he finished his college career. His best season came as a senior, when he averaged 11.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Wilson has played on various NBA Summer League rosters, spent time in the NBA G-League and has played professionally in Puerto Rico.

Wilson was a key contributor for Golden Eagles Alumni in TBT2017, averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in four games to help the Marquette alumni team reach the quarterfinals. He was just two rebounds shy of a double-double (11 points, eight rebounds) in the Golden Eagles’ second round matchup with Majerus SLU Crew (St. Louis Alumni).

Wilson signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on August 3, 2017.

 

Jacob Pullen – Purple and Black (Kansas State) – Philadelphia 76ers

One of the best to ever play at Kansas State, Jacob Pullen used TBT2017 to remind everyone that he’s still elite. While playing for the Wildcats, Pullen earned multiple All-American and first team All-Big 12 honors. Pullen is Kansas State’s all-time leading scorer and showed that he can still get buckets, averaging 21.0 point per game in TBT2017.

Since graduating from Kansas State in Pullen has played professionally in a number of countries including Italy, Spain, Israel, China and Russia. He previously played with the 76ers Summer League team in 2012 before the Sixers agreed to terms with Pullen in September.

 

Maalik Wayns – SuperNova (Villanova) – Dallas Mavericks

Maalik Wayns is back in the NBA for the third time in his career after signing a contract with the Dallas Mavericks in late August. Prior to his professional experience, Wayns was a McDonald’s All-American recruit and spent three years playing for Jay Wright at Villanova. He shined in his junior season, averaging 17.6 points and earning seond team All-Big East honors before deciding to forgo his senior season to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.

Wayns went undrafted, but played on a pair of Summer League rosters that helped earn him a contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. He also spent time with the LA Clippers in the 2012-2013 season, totaling 27 combined games between the two teams. Wayns most recent NBA experience was appearing in a pair of games for the Clippers in the 2013-2014 season, and he has since played in Italy, Lithuania, Russia and the NBA G-League.

 

Malcolm Miller – Armored Athlete – Toronto Raptors

While playing his college ball at Holy Cross, Malcolm Miller made a name for himself by stuffing the stat sheet. As a senior he averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks (second team All-Patriot League). He ranks third all-time at Holy Cross in career blocks and sixth in career starts.

Miller played well in TBT2016, averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds to help Armored Athlete make it to the Super 16 out of the Midwest region. Since graduating from Holy Cross in 2015, Miller has spent time with the Boston Celtics’ Summer League and G-League teams as well as playing professionally in Germany.

 

James Southerland – Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse) – Golden State Warriors

James Southerland has knack for shining brightest on the biggest stages. He did it multiple times while playing for Syracuse, like during the 2013 Big East Tournament when he set records for most threes made in a single game without a miss (six) and total threes made in a single Big East Tournament (17). He was at it again in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, when he was selected as part of the East regional All-Tournament team.

In TBT2017, Southerland’s best game came when his team needed him most. Trailing by as many as 25 points in the second half, Southerland’s 23 points (7-12 FG) and 11 rebounds led Boeheim’s Army all the way back to eventually pick up a 72-67 win over Team FOE in the most epic comeback in TBT history. He averaged 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds overall in TBT2017. Southerland is no stranger to the NBA, spending time with the Bobcats and Pelicans as well as playing professionally in Italy and Germany.

 

Jeremy Evans – Kentucky Kings – Atlanta Hawks

This one should come as no surprise, as the high-flying forward has extensive NBA experience. Jeremy Evans was drafted out of Western Kentucky by the Utah Jazz in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft and played with the Jazz into 2015 before joining the Dallas Mavericks for the 2015-2016 season. Evans was the talk of the NBA when he came out of nowhere to win the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest and has 249 career NBA games under his belt.

Had his Kentucky Kings made it past the second round in TBT2017, Evans very well might have found himself earning All-TBT honors as well. In two games averaged a huge double-double of 21.5 points and 13.0 rebounds.

 

Dwight Buycks – Golden Eagles Alumni (Marquette) – Detroit Pistons

After playing two seasons at Indian Hills Community College, Dwight Buycks transferred to Marquette where he would finish his college career. As a senior, Buycks averaged 8.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in just over 28 minutes per game.

Buycks is no stranger to the NBA either, with 20 career games played between the Lakers and Raptors. He has experienced a great amount of success overseas, winning  Belgian League Championship in 2012. He dominated in France in 2013, winning the French Leaders Cup, being named French Pro A Foreign MVP and earning French Pro A All-Star Game MVP honors. He averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds for Golden Eagles Alumni in TBT2017.