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Former Washburn star Skeens to play in TBT



TOPEKA, Kan. – Brady Skeens, former Ichabod All-American and current member of the Sudbury 5 in the National Basketball League of Canada, will take part in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a $2 million winner-take-all event.

“Our TBT team D2 is comprised of former elite Division II players that all finished their careers in college at NCAA Division II institutions,” said GM/Head Coach Grant Leonard. “The majority of the players are all having successful pro careers ranging from the G-League and Overseas. We aren’t here for fun and games, we are hunting the big prize.”

The TBT is a 64-team, single-elimination tournament now in its seventh campaign that is open to the world’s top standouts and competitive teams. Eight teams are selected to compete per region. Games will take place in July and August and air on ESPN. Eight regional winners will advance to the Championship Week set for Aug. 6-11 in Dayton, Ohio.

The winning team takes home $2 million and the winning team’s fanbase will take 10% of the cut. GMs negotiate with each team member over his/her share of the final prize. Teams are selected to compete from an application poll, which runs until June 15. All dates and events are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, in 2019, a total of 59 players with NBA experience participated. In addition, 34 players have gone on from the TBT to sign deals with NBA teams. Teams are seeded based on each team’s talent, chemistry and reliability. Games also utilize the Elam Ending, which eliminates the game clock at the end of play and sets a Target Score.