TBT In The News 6.15.17


By: Jake Pavorsky | @JakePavorsky

TBT 2017 TIPS OFF THIS WEEKEND AT Philadelphia University

The field is set, the teams are ready, and the first ever Jamboree will be getting under way in just two days.

Fifteen teams will travel to Philadelphia University on Saturday to compete for the final spot in each of The Basketball Tournament's four regions, in hopes of jumpstarting their run to $2 million.

To preview the field and talk about the Jamboree matchups, Dan Friel, Jake Pavorsky and Josh Brown sat down for a new TBT Podcast.

One Jamboree team, Wesley Paul's Champions, will notably feature 5-foot-5 former NBA point guard Earl Boykins and 7-foot-6 former UC Irvine Center Mamadou Ndiaye.

"They're going to have the smallest player in TBT, and the largest player," Pavorsky mentioned.

The Jamboree will also be the debut of the Elam Ending, an experimental ending where the game clock shuts off with four minutes left. The two teams on the floor then play to a target score, established by adding seven points to the leading team.

To find out how the idea was established, Dan Friel talked to the Elam Ending's creator, Nick Elam, a Mensa member who works as a middle school teacher and a Cincinnati Reds groundskeeper.

A team of Rutgers alumni, uKnighted, are geared up for their first Jamboree game on Saturday, especially because they'll be going up against a former college teammate turned foe.

Rutgers 247's Chris Nalwasky has more:

"In the first round of the Jamboree, Team uKnighted will face the Silver Spring's Willows Runners who has a member with a familiar name and face. Jerome Seagears, who came to Rutgers as part of the 2011 class with [Myles] Mack, [Kadeem] Jack, and others, is on the team. The Silver Springs, Md. native left Rutgers for Auburn only to come back to Piscataway and leave again for UNLV."

That matchup could certainly have tensions running high. UKnighted and Silver Spring's Willows Runners are set to tip-off at 5:45 p.m.

While those teams will be hoping to get in the field of 64, one team that's already secured their spot in the South region are the Chattanooga Trenches.

News 12 Now in Chattanooga caught up with the team working out at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in preparation for their first game in July.

"This is all business now man. You know we playing for the city of Chattanooga. This ain't no rinky dink bx league or no YMCA league. We playing in something big, and we going to be on ESPN, so we trying to show the world what Chattanooga basketball is all about," Christian Collins told reporter Jamal Williams.

The Trenches will attempt to put Chattanooga on the map when they compete in Charlotte at Queens University on July 8th.