Travis Diener Makes 2020 Debut in Golden Eagles WIn

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament

Age 38 and still ballin. Travis Diener made his first appearance for the Golden Eagles against Red Scare in the semifinals. His first and only shot was, fittingly, a swoosh from behind the arc. To go along with his 3 points, he also tacked on 1 rebound and 3 assists. But the legend of Dieners extends far beyond the scorebook.

Playing alongside Dwayne Wade and Steve Novak at Marquette, Diener left a sharp-shooting legacy at Marquette. He was a member of the squad that made it to the final four in 2003, before being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft. After a rather unsuccessful NBA career, Diener signed a contract overseas. He became an Italian citizen in 2013, thanks to his wife. This enabled him to become a member of the Italian National Team, shortly before he retired in 2014.

Though he played for Tom Crean, current Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said during today’s game that Diener “serves as an incredible role model for what we want guys in our program to be like. He’s one of the all time greats.”

After his short-lived retirement, he became the director of player personnel at Marquette. He also had his jersey retired soon after. But he couldn’t stay away from the game for long. In 2017, he signed with Vanoli Cremona in Italy. He also played in TBT in 2018, where he averaged 8 points and 4 assists. Most importantly, however, he lifted the Golden Eagles to the championship in 2019 by hitting consecutive 3-pointers to win. Diener is always fun to watch in the tournament, making him somewhat of a legend.

Diener enjoys playing in TBT, noting “it’s a lot of fun. It’s hard to find really good basketball in the summertime. It’s extremely physical, maybe the most physical basketball I’ve ever played because referees aren’t going to try to decide the winners of a $1 million prize.”

Diener just can’t seem to hang it up for good, and on Tuesday night he’ll get another shot to become a TBT champion.