WHO ARE: TRAINED TO GO TBT 2016
Coached and managed by Alabama A&M's Marc Hughes, Trained To Go came into TBT 2015 with some of the best players from the state of Georgia, with a range of exeperience from the NBA to high school basketball. Headlining the team was the high-flying Jamario Moon. The former Harlem Globetrotter played in the NBA from 2007-2011 with the Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers. Andres Sandoval, Brian Harper and Garret Siler, all of whom have D-League experience (in addition to 21 games with the Phoenix Suns during the 2010-2011 season for Siler) were all big contributors for Trained To Go.
The 6 seed in TBT's South region, Trained To Go rode 27 points from Harper,18 from Morgan Satchell and 17 from Moon to down 20th seeded AEBL 94-84. Next up was a matchup with former Kansas star Tyshawn Taylor and The Jabroni Project. The former Brooklyn Net gave Trained To Go headaches, scoring a game-high 25, but a balanced Trained To Go scoring attack led by 21 from Harper allowed them to survive and advance with an 85-73 win. Unfortunately for Trained To Go, they ran into eventual TBT champion Overseas Elite the next day. Although they led by six at halftime, Overseas Elite outscored Trained To Go 44-33 in the second half, ending the team's run in Atlanta.
New in 2016
Along with Brent Jennings and former Dirty South forward Brandon Robinson, Trained To Go adds 2010 D-League champion Mickell Gladness. The 6-foot-11 center set an NCAA Division 1 record for blocks in a game, swatting 16 while playing for Alabama A&M in 2007. Other additions include 6-foot-3 guard Earl Calloway, who played his last two years of college ball at Indiana, Tennessee Tech University product Amadi McKenzie, Auburn grad Asauhn Tatum and Damien Wilkins, who spent eight years in the NBA playing for the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers.
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