What you need to know two weeks into TBT 2019

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


TBT 2019 is shaping up to be our biggest summer yet

While everyone knows that TBT is the fiercest basketball competition on the planet, it's hard to put into words just how big this summer is going to be. Just two weeks into the team application period, over 40 of the best teams known to man have already tossed their hat into the ring, with hundreds more to come in the coming weeks and months. So, how do you even begin breaking down the 2019 field? Let's start by looking at some of the biggest storylines that have emerged thus far.

Best Virginia reuniting Mountaineer legends

West Virginia fans have been calling for an alumni team to enter TBT for years. Former Mountaineer great John Flowers officially made that dream a reality on Friday. Fittingly named "Best Virginia," the team has already made a splash with names like Joe Alexander, Kevin Jones and Juwan Staten on board. Add in the fact that West Virginia legends Joe Mazzulla, Jarrod West, and Billy Hahn will be coaching the squad and all of a sudden you have one of the most intriguing teams in TBT history. 

 

Elijah Johnson to explore entering Kansas alumni squad in Wichita Regional

What happens when you take one of the most storied programs in NCAA history and put a TBT regional just two hours away? It sounds like we might find out the answer to that question this summer. On Wednesday, former Kansas great Elijah Johnson announced that he is thinking about entering a Jayhawks alumni team into TBT's Wichita Regional. While he hasn't mentioned who he will target for the roster quite yet, the possibilities are endless. Could we see The Truth come out of retirement to make one last run with his Jayhawk boys? What about former Jayhawk turned Thunder legend, Nick Collison? We should find out all this and more in the coming weeks.

 

Dayton aiming to replicate NCAA Tournament magic in Columbus  

There aren't many teams that have captivated America's heart quite like the 2014 Dayton Flyers. Despite finishing fifth in the A-10 and getting bounced by Saint Joseph's in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, the Flyers made a storybook run to the Elite Eight, which included upset wins over Ohio State, Syracuse, and Stanford. Five years later, former walk-on guards Joey Gruden and Jeremiah Bonsu are trying to recreate a little bit of that magic in TBT 2019 with the Red Scare. With names like Kendall Pollard, Devin Oliver, Scoochie Smith, Dyshawn Pierre, and Vee Sanford all rumored to be involved, it's looking like they'll have an opportunity to do just that. Oh yeah, we can't forget about 2015 grad Jordan Sibert, who just earned a PUMA Endorsement deal after playing with Broad Street Brawlers last summer and making his NBA debut with the Atlanta Hawks on February 27.

 

George Mason alums ready to dance like it's 2006

OK, there might be one or two teams who can rival that 2014 Dayton squad. Five years before the 2011 VCU Rams put the CAA on its back, a little-known school from Fairfax, Virginia beat Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State, and Connecticut en route to its first Final Four in team history. As you well know, that was the 2006 Geroge Mason Patriots. Over a decade later, the Patriots are looking to do a little bit more dancing, this time playing as The Green Machine in TBT 2019. The squad will be coached by Lamar Butler, who was the starting point guard on that '06 team. He'll have no shortage of weapons to turn to this time around either, including Mason greats Mike Morrison, Isaiah Tate, Folarin Campbell, and Ryan Pearson. Expect The Green Machine's roster to get even scarier over the coming weeks.

 

Former Clemson greats apply to compete in Greensboro

The ACC has a rich tradition in TBT. Boeheim's Army (Syracuse Alumni) is one of the most successful teams in tournament history. The Notre Dame Fighting Alumni appeared in the first ever TBT Championship Game. Wake Forest and Pitt have entered alumni squads the last couple of years. With that in mind, it's only fitting that during ACC Tournament week we learned about the next team that will look to carry the torch. Even though Clemson already has a National Championship trophy in hand this year, nothing compares to cold, hard cash. With names like Gabe DeVoe, Landry Nnoko, K.J. McDaniels, and Trevor Booker rumored to be playing for Tigers alumni team Power Of The Paw this summer, it's not hard to imagine that they could hang yet another banner in Death Valley. 

 

AfterShocks assemble a STACKED roster for Wichita Regional

If you haven't noticed, Wichita State fans are REALLY excited to welcome the AfterShocks back home this summer. Since TBT officially announced that Koch Arena would play host to one of its eight regionals, the Shockers faithful have bought over $135,000 worth of tickets. When you look at the roster they're putting together, it's not hard to see why. With still four months to go until tip-off, the team has officially locked down nine players for TBT 2019. Among those include 3X MVC champion and 2013 Final Four participant Tekele Cotton, 3X WSU letterman recipient Conner Frankamp, and 1,5000-point scorer Toure' Murry. While it's nearly impossible to predict what will happen on the court this summer, we can assure you this: Wichita is going to be ROCKING from July 25-28.

 

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