“The Basketball Tournament” is set to begin regional round play July 8th with 64 teams competing for a chance to win $2 million.
The tournament, formatted much as the NCAA tournament held every March, features many former college basketball stars, though anyone over 18 can compete for a spot in the field - which is based, in part on fan voting.
Former Red Storm stars Paris Horne and D.J. Kennedy headline the two-time defending champion Overseas Elite, a team composed of college stars now playing abroad. Horne currently plays for Kouvot of the Finnish Korisliiga, while Kennedy plies his trade for MHP Risen Ludwigsburg of the German Bundesliga. Justin Burrell comes from Japan to aid their squad of St. John’s 2011 alumni.
Former Johnnies point guard Marcus Hatten (St. John’s, 2003) was asked to join FCM Untouchables, a team that last year only consisted of Pittsburgh alumni, after a season in Germany that saw him average just over 12 points and five assists per game.
After a strong season in the Turkish League, D’Angelo Harrison (St. John’s, 2015) will be a member of the Gael Nation team, consisting of mostly alumni from Iona College. Ex-Seton Hall Pirate Fuquan Edwin is also a member of that team.
Sean Evans (St. John’s 2011) will join his Philadelphia friends like Markus Kennedy and Marcus Morris in Team FOE in the Northeast region.
The final St. John’s Alumnus to have a spot in the tournament is Malik Boothe (St. John’s 2011), who will share the backcourt with ex-NBA player Sundiata Games on the Washington Generals, on a team managed by NBA Analyst and former player Kenny Smith.
Harrison’s Gael Nation, FOE and Hatten’s Untouchables will be competing in the Northeast regional, which will take place July 8-9 in Philadelphia. Games will be played at the Gallagher Athletic Center of Philadelphia University.
The defending champions, Overseas Elite, and Boothe’s Washington Generals will both be competing in the South Region. Games will be played the same day as the Northeast region. The venue for the South is Queens University in Charlotte.
The West and the Midwest will be played July 15-16 in Las Vegas and at Bradley University, respectively.
All regional games can be streamed online at WatchESPN, or the ESPN App. Games from the “Super 16” forward can be seen on ESPN and ESPN2. The final is set for August 3rd in Baltimore.
Which St. John’s player will go the farthest in the tournament?