Former Big Ten Players in The Basketball Tournament
The Basketball Tournament (TBT) features basketball players who play all over the world, including a multitude of former Big Ten*** studs.
The 5-on-5, winner-take-all single-elimination tournament started on July 8. Tournament play is broken up into four regions: West, South, Midwest, Northeast.
From former Big Ten All-Americans to Big Ten starters to Big Ten role players, seven different Big Ten schools are proudly watching their alumni hoop it up for the chance to take home $2 million.
Illinois Fighting Illini:
C Maverick Morgan, Sideline Cancer
PG Jordan Hulls, Armored Athlete
SG Will Sheehey, Armored Athlete
PF Christian Watford, Armored Athlete
PG Earl Calloway, Trained To Go
PF Jarryd Cole, Sideline Cancer
PG Anthony Clemmons, Sideline Cancer
PF Doug Thomas II, The Citi Team
C Adam Woodbury, Fort Wayne Champs
Michigan State Spartans:
SG Russell Byrd, The Region
Ohio State Buckeyes:
SG William Buford, Scarlet & Gray
PG Aaron Craft, Scarlet & Gray
SG Jon Diebler, Scarlet & Gray
PF Dallas Lauderdale, Scarlet & Gray
SG David Lighty, Scarlet & Gray
PF Evan Ravenel, Scarlet & Gray
PF Jared Sullinger, Scarlet & Gray
Penn State Nittany Lions:
PG Taylor Battle, Armored Athlete
PF Aaron Johnson, The Citi Team
C Jordan Dickerson, Team FOE
PG Jonathan Octeus, Armored Athlete
Ohio State is clearly the team with the most Big Ten representation, utilizing seven different players from key tournament runs under Thad Matta. Greg Oden would’ve made it eight former Buckeyes but couldn’t make it onto the court due to numerous circumstances.
Of the 21 former Big Ten athletes playing in The Basketball Tournament, only 14 players remain. The Citi Team, The Region, Sideline Cancer and Trained To Go all lost in the first few rounds of the single-elimination tournament.
You can catch TBT action on ESPN and ESPN 3 between July 8 and Aug. 3.
***Note: This list solely features athletes who played in the Big Ten with their respective alma maters (no pre-2014 Maryland and Rutgers) and their TBT teams that made the 64-team tournament format.