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Former Big Ten Players in The Basketball Tournament

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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


Indiana Hoosiers:

PG Jordan Hulls, Armored Athlete

SG Will Sheehey, Armored Athlete

PF Christian Watford, Armored Athlete

PG Earl Calloway, Trained To Go


Iowa Hawkeyes:

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


Purdue Boilermakers:

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.

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