This is too cool to mince words about, so let’s cut to the chase: a handful of the best USF basketball alumni of the past decade have put together a team to enter this year’s TBT (The Basketball Tournament), an annual, five-on-five competition open to any team that can stir up enough fan support and votes. You can read more about it here if you’re unfamiliar, but some key points: fans vote for squads to make the 64-team bracket, the winning team gets $2 million to split amongst themselves, and the whole thing is televised by ESPN affiliates.
Of course, I would be remiss not to mention the fact that the top 100 fans who vote for the winning team all receive a cut of the prize ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 if their teams wins. The more voters you recruit, the better chance your team has to qualify, and the bigger your slice of the pie if your team manages to win it all.
Full disclosure: I did some work for TBT’s southern regional in Atlanta a couple years back, and I could not be more into this tournament. It’s really awesome seeing the likes of local, YMCA squads compete on national TV against ex-NBA players, and I’ve always wanted to see a USF-centric team get put together. Thanks to former USF graduate assistant Michael Brown, this dream is now a reality: say hello to your Tampa Bulls, a team assembled entirely of former USF basketball standouts.
So far, Tampa Bulls consists of the following players*:
- Corey Allen Jr.
- Ron Anderson Jr.
- Anthony Collins
- Toarlyn Fitzpatrick
- Augustus Gilchrist
- Javontae Hawkins
- Hugh Robertson
*There are some big names yet to be announced, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise for Michael and company. Think of the biggest USF stars of the past decade, and you’ve probably already guessed them.
This team is absolutely loaded with NCAA Tournament veterans and players who spent time in the NBA D-League. They’ve really, really got a shot to win this thing, but they need your help to make it into the field. Right now, the Bulls have just 61 votes, and the top teams in the South region have hundreds. With the support of the Bulls’ fanbase, however, the Tampa Bulls can make their way into this tournament, and hopefully do a little damage once they’re in it. You’ll get to watch your favorite USF basketball players compete once again on ESPN, and possibly make you thousands of dollars. This is a win-win-win-win.
Let’s show TBT what USF nation can do, and throw our wholehearted support behind the members of the best basketball team in USF history. You can vote by following the link below. Don’t forget to spread the word, so that Tampa Bulls have a better chance to qualify (and, yes, so you make more potential money).