TBT In The Pros: Domestic

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


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.  

On September 12, 2017, Buycks signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons, meaning he will split time between the Pistons and their G League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. Four months later, on January 12, 2018, Buycks' deal would be converted into a full, regular season deal. Buycks has played in 12 games for the Pistons this season, averaging 7.6 points and 2.4 assists in just under 15 minutes per game.


Mike James – FCM Untouchables – New Orleans Pelicans

Mikes James’ path to the NBA is a strong reminder to never stop working towards your goals and dreams. James began his college career at Eastern Arizona in 2008, where he played for two seasons before transferring to Lamar for his final two seasons. James was named first team All-Southland as a senior and led Lamar to an NCAA Tournament birth.

After going undrafted in 2012, James took his talents overseas, playing professionally in Croatia, Germany, Italy, Israel and Spain, but he never took his eye off the ultimate goal – the NBA.

On July 3, 2017 the Phoenix Suns gave James a chance by signing him their Summer League roster. James seized the opportunity, leading the team in points (20.5) and assists (5.0) while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. He played so well that on October 18, 2017 James made his NBA debut with the Suns. James would play 32 games for the Suns, including making 10 starts, and averaged 10.4 points, 3.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game.

James has since parted ways with the Suns, but on January 14, 2018 he was signed by the New Orleans Pelicans to a two-way contract. The Pelicans are expected to assign James to the G League team that suits him best, as the Pelicans do not have a G League affiliate.


Jamil Wilson – Golden Eagles Alumni (Marquette) – Fort Wayne Mad Ants

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 started the 2017-18 season on a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he appeared in 15 games at the NBA level, averaging 7.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game. Wilson recently signed with the Indiana Pacers’ G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.


James Southerland – Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse) – Santa Cruz 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.

Southerland currently plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors, the G League team for the Golden State Warriors, where he’s averaging 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 29 games.


CJ Fair – Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse) – Fort Wayne Mad Ants

While playing college ball at Syracuse, Fair earned himself a pretty unique accomplishment – making the all-conference team in different conferences with the same team. As a junior, Fair was named second team All-Big East before the Orange moved the the ACC, where Fair earned first team All-ACC honors as a senior and was a consensus second-team All-Amercian.

Fair has spent most of his young professional career with the Mad Ants, signing with the team as an affiliate player for the Pacers in October 2014. Fair left the G League for the 2016-17 season to play professionally in France for Limoges CSP, but has since returned to the Mad Ants and is averaging 10.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 29 games this season.


Jeremy Evans – Kentucky Kings – Erie BayHawks

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.

Evans has spent the 2017-18 season with the Hawks G League team, the Erie BayHawks, where he’s averaging a double-double of 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds in 20 games.


Scott Machado – Team Fancy RYU – South Bay Lakers

One of the best players to every play at Iona, Machado quickly made a name for himself as a passing wizard. He holds a number of school records, was MAAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman, earned All-MAAC honors three times and was named MAAC Player of the Year as a senior when he led the NCAA in assists.

Machado saw action at the NBA level early in his professional career, playing in six games with the Houston Rockets in 2013 before moving to the Warriors and appearing in five games in the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

He spent time playing pro ball in Germany, France and Spain before making his way back to the States to join the South Bay Lakers (LA Lakers affiliate) of the G League. In 29 games this season, Machado is averaging 15.6 points per game and leads the team with 8.3 assists.


Kamari Murphy – Few Good Men (Gonzaga) – Long Island Nets

A rare member of Few Good Men that didn’t play ball at Gonzaga, Kamari Murphy spent two years at Oklahoma State before making the switch to Miami. He averaged 7.1 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior (2016-17), earning himself a “junkyard dog” reputation for his toughness and rebounding ability.

At just 24, Murphy is one of the youngest pros in the TBT family. He has spent the 2017-18 season with the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn’s G League team) where he’s averaging 10.3 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds in 30 games.


Brandon Wood – Spartan Heros (TBT2016) – Windy City Bulls

Brandon Wood played college ball at three different places (Southern Illinois, Highland Community College and Valparaiso) before finishing his college career at Michigan State. As a senior with Sparty, Wood averaged 8.8 points and helped Michigan State to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Since graduating, Wood has spent most of his time playing overseas in countries like Sweden, Israel and Italy. He’s spent this season with the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) of the G League where he’s averaging 10.5 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in his first 27 games.