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Breaking Down The Big Ten In The Basketball Tournament

Which former Big Ten players are featured in TBT?

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

In 2014, Jonathan Mugar came up with the idea to run an annual basketball tournament in the summer where anyone could compete for prize money. The event became known as The Basketball Tournament and has been a lot of fun in the years to follow. It’s also become a great spot for college basketball alums to suit up again who aren’t quite good enough to stick in the NBA.

And with this year’s event starting on July 4th, it seemed like a good time to do a breakdown on all the former Big Ten players participating. So, let’s get to it.

Big Ten Players in the 2020 TBT:

-Big X

  • Javon Bess (Michigan State)
  • Vitto Brown (Wisconsin)
  • Andrew Dakich (Michigan/Ohio State)
  • Trevon Hughes (Wisconsin)
  • Khalil Iverson (Wisconsin)
  • CJ Jackson (Ohio State)
  • Nick Ward (Michigan State)

-Brotherly Love

  • DJ Newbill (Penn State)

-Carmen’s Crew

  • William Buford (Ohio State)
  • Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
  • Jon Diebler (Ohio State)
  • Dallas Lauderdale (Ohio State)
  • David Lighty (Ohio State)
  • Demetri McCamey (Illinois)
  • Lenzelle Smith (Ohio State)
  • Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  • Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)


  • Nate Mason (Minnesota)


  • Branden Dawson (Michigan State)
  • Brandon Wood (Michigan State)

-House of ‘Paign

  • Mike Latulip (Illinois)
  • Cameron Liss (Illinois)
  • Leron Black (Illinois)
  • Nnanna Egwu (Illinois)
  • Andres Feliz (Illinois)
  • Michael Finke (Illinois)
  • Malcolm Hill (Illinois)

-Men of Mackey

  • Evan Boudreaux (Purdue)
  • Isaac Haas (Purdue)
  • Johnny Hill (Purdue)
  • Ryan Kay (Purdue)
  • Jon Octeus (Purdue)
  • Ryne Smith (Purdue)
  • Jacuil Taylor (Purdue)

-Red Scare

  • Trevor Thompson (Ohio State)

-Sideline Cancer

  • Maurice Creek (Indiana)
  • Diamond Stone (Maryland)

-Team Hines

  • Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)
  • Brandon Paul (Illinois)


If you’re interested in watching TBT, check out the schedule here. Things get started on July 4th.