TBT in the news 5.16.17


By: Jake Pavorsky | @JakePavorsky

TBT 2017 continues to be the talk of the town as competition draws closer

With the registration period set to come to a close in just over two weeks, some alumni teams are calling on their school's most well known hoopsters for a little assistance.

Two time All-Star point guard Damian Lillard has signed on to coach The Wasatch Front, a team that includes many of his former Weber State teammates. 

"Damian's impact is huge; it makes the team," Wasatch Front general manager and point guard Kellen McCoy told KSL.com. "We hoped that he would want to help us out because we know how much he loves his teammates and Weber State. He is so helpful and is always giving back to the community. His support will bring a lot of attention to the team."

While Lillard will certainly be helpful on the bench, he's already made an impact in voting. The Wasatch Front has added 245 votes since he joined the team, and is now in line for an automatic bid in the West region.

Also in the Beehive State, Team Utah has been seeking out their notable alumni to help them make a jump in the standings. Kyle Kuzma, a former University of Utah forward and 2017 NBA Draft eligible player, sent out a tweet asking his followers to support fellow Utes Dakari Tucker and Lawrence Borha.

Team Colorado has already been accepted into TBT 2017 after a run to the championship game last year, but they've decided to revamp the roster as they look to dethrone Overseas Elite. Joining the group of Colorado alumni will be former New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland, as well as Josh Scott, who left the school second all-time in blocked shots.

"Connecting those guys with the current guys really is what it's all about," Team Colorado GM Beau Gable told the Daily Camera. "Certainly (last year) is very motivating. We showed we can play at the highest level on the biggest stage of summer basketball. In addition to the exposure, these guys proved they still can play at a really, really high level."

Over in the Northeast, Boeheim's Army has brought back former first-round pick Donte Greene for another run at the $2 million prize.

"He's in great shape. I think he's really committed and really excited about it," general manager Kevin Belbey said in an interview with Syracuse.com's Donna Ditota.

Greene is slated to join Boeheim's Army returning core of Eric Devendorf, C.J. Fair, Rick Jackson and Brandon Triche.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright took to Twitter on Monday to show support for his former players competing on the SuperNOVA team. Led by point guard Scottie Reynolds and small forward Reggie Redding, the team consists of the core of the Villanova team that went to the Final Four in 2009.

Houston Rockets power forward Montrezl Harrell tweeted out his support for GaelNation, a group of alumni from Iona University, in a bid to get his friend Aaron Rountree's team some extra votes.

As GaelNation and SuperNOVA make a push to the top of the standings, the battle for automatic bids in the Northeast region is starting to get tense.