NBA Lottery Prospect Jimmer Fredette Picks Ausar and Amen Thompson Among Big Names Coming to TBT 2022

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NBA Lottery Prospect Jimmer Fredette Picks Ausar and Amen Thompson Among Big Names Coming to TBT 2022

Former national player of the year Jimmer Fredette and potential NBA top 10 draft picks Ausar and Amen Thompson are leading the field for the basketball tournament in 2022.

The 64-team TBT group released Wednesday includes a record 71 players with NBA experience, as well as 29 college alumni teams.

For the first time in the history of the event, TBT will have outdoor games as one of its regional tournaments will be held in historic Rucker Park in New York City. The other seven regional cities are Omaha, Nebraska; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Wichita, Kansas; Syracuse, New York; Charleston, West Virginia; Cincinnati; and Dayton, Ohio.

“This year’s field is electric,” said Jon Mugar, Founder and CEO of TBT. “Nine years ago, we set out to be the home of high-stakes basketball that is open to all and brings people from all walks of life together to compete. This year’s field shows how far we’ve come. It is exceptionally diverse and talented. I can’t wait to see which team wins six games in a row.”

Teams will compete for the $1M Winner Takes All Championship prize.

Fredette, the former BYU guard who led the country as top scorer in 2011 and won national player of the year before being picked 10th in the NBA draft, is headlining The Money Team.

“I’m going to go out and play again and have fun,” Fredette told ESPN. “My brother [general manager TJ Fredette] is part of the composition of the team. It should be a lot of fun to get back on the court and play basketball.”

After playing for the Shanghai Sharks in China in 2021, Fredette decided to stay home this winter and spring as he and his wife welcomed their third child. He joins a team that reached the quarterfinals last season and which includes Trevor Booker, Jeremy Evans, Charles Jenkins and Jordon Crawford, among others.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said Fredette. “I trained all the time. I will always train, keep working on my game. I’ll be happy to play in front of some fans and play with some guys that I really like.”

Fredette played in TBT in 2018 and led the tournament in scoring – including a 41-point performance to help Team Fredette progress.

“It’s always great,” he said. “At this point it’s all about trying to win. Just doing whatever it takes to get through. I was lucky to play a really great tournament last time and be the top scorer. That’s cool, but that’s what it’s all about , survive and thrive. It’s about trying.” to win these games and advance. Walk toward that 1 million.

Fredette’s The Money Team is the #1 seed in the Dayton area. The other 1 seeds are YGC (Rucker Park), Gutter Cats (Omaha), Heartfire (New Mexico), Florida TNT (Xavier), Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse), AfterShocks (Wichita State), and Best Virginia (West Virginia).

The TBT began in 2014 when Notre Dame Fighting alumni won the inaugural championship. Overseas Elite won the next four titles before ending their winning streak in 2019 by Ohio State alumni team Carmen’s Crew. Marquette-centric Golden Eagles alumni won 2020 while the Syracuse-centric Boeheim’s Army clinched the title last season.

Boeheim’s army will defend their title this summer by adding first-time TBT players Tyler Ennis, Rakeem Christmas and Marek Dolezaj – all Syracuse grads – to a group that already includes five-time TBT champion DJ Kennedy and four-time champion DeAndre Kane belonged .

As ESPN reported earlier this month, Amen and Ausar Thompson, selected for 2023, head up Team Overtime, a roster assembled by sports media outlet Overtime. The Thompson twins applied for Overtime Elite last season, as did Jazian Gortman, another proposed draft pick who will play for Team Overtime in the TBT. It will mark the first time NBA draft-eligible prospects have entered the TBT, although the team also includes several pro veterans, including former San Diego State star Malcolm Thomas. Overtime is the 6 seeds in the Omaha region.

Sideline Cancer, the 2-seed in the Xavier region, are aiming for their third straight Quarterfinal appearance. They bring back top scorer Marcus Keene and add former South Dakota State star Mike Daum and longtime NBA veteran CJ Miles.

Other players with NBA experience expected to play at this year’s TBT include Zhaire Smith (Air Raiders), Omari Spellman (Eberlein Drive), Antonio Blakeney (Florida TNT), Semaj Christon (Zip ‘Em Up), Justin Patton (Omaha blue crew). , Jacob Pullen (Purple & Black), Kosta Koufos (Red Scare), Xavier Munford (The Money Team), Jacob Evans (Nasty Nati) and Markel Brown (Stillwater Stars).

The championship team earns $1 million in a title game televised on ESPN. This summer’s championship game will be played in Dayton on August 2nd.

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