In just two days, “The Basketball Tournament” (TBT) begins. The much anticipated event is a single elimination basketball tournament that includes many former collegiate and NBA stars. In TBT’s second year, the City 6 is being well represented with a plethora of players including Khalif Wyatt, TJ DiLeo, Dalton Pepper, Ramon Galloway, Tyrone Garland, Jerrell Wright, Reggie Redding, Garrett Williamson, CJ Aiken, Samme Givens, Frantz Massenat, and so many other guys. The tournament will also have former NBA players such as Nate Robinson, Mike Bibby, and Jason Williams, along with others.
TBT regulates the games must be 5-on-5 with 18 minute halves. The winner will bring home 1 million dollars. Each team can include up to 15 participants, but no more than 12 actual players, along with a coach, general manager, and fan booster. In order for the squads to have a chance at competing in the tournament, they had to gain at least 7 players and have 100 fans on “The Basketball Tournament” website by June 1st. However, even if they meet those baseline standards, they don’t automatically get in. The top 18 teams in each region (Northeast, Midwest, West, South) with the most fans get an automatic bid into the tournament. Then 6 more teams are selected for an “at-large” bid to get the chance to compete for 1 million dollars.
“It's free entry and you have the chance to win a lot of money,” said DiLeo, who will be competing with the North Broad Street Bullies. “Players don't need much more incentive than that.”
The tournament travels across the country, all of the way from California (July 10-12) to New York City for the championship (August 1-2). TBT even makes a pit stop in Philadelphia, at Philadelphia University from July 17-19, where the teams from the Northeast region will compete in the preliminary rounds, including many of the former City 6 players.
When asked about which teams he thought would be a tough matchup, DiLeo responded, “I think [Boeheim’s Army] will be a tough team.” but also added that he’s “not really looking past the first round.”
After being questioned about which team he was excited to face, he repeated, “Only looking at the first matchup against St. Anthony's. I don't want to look past that.” Even though this isn’t a professional league, TJ DiLeo and the players participating in TBT are competing to win. They are focused and determined to bring home to the 1 million dollars.
For more information, visit the tournament website: http://www.thetournament.com/
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