Iowa State alumni basketball group set to play in contest with $2 million prize
July 14, 2017 - Basketballs
For a past 3 years, college basketball fans have watched The Basketball Tournament (TBT) in good anticipation.
The Tournament centers around a really elementary premise:
Assemble a group though any stream NBA or NCAA basketball players. Play a singular rejecting contest opposite other teams. The final group station after a 64-team contest wins a large money prize.
The esteem has grown over The Tournament’s history. It started during $500,000 and now stands during $2 million.
The leader of a initial contest in 2014 was a group done adult of former Notre Dame players who weren’t utterly good adequate to hang in a NBA. Ever given then, alumni teams have popped adult around a nation to play in TBT, though for a initial 3 years, Iowa State alumni didn’t form a squad.
That’s changing this year.
Led by conduct manager and former initial turn NBA Draft collect Marcus Fizer, a Hilton Magic Legends have come together in hopes of reigniting some of a Iowa State aptitude with several former Cyclones.
Devin Perry, media manager for a Hilton Magic Legends, pronounced a initial dual former Cyclones on residence with a group were Fizer and Curtis Stinson.
Stinson, who played during Iowa State for 3 years underneath manager Wayne Morgan, is a former NBA D-League MVP and joining champion.
Additionally, a Hilton Magic Legends register includes former NBA actor and former Cyclone Diante Garrett.
“Iowa State teams have been guard-heavy in a past and we knew that from a get-go,” Perry said. “So removing dual big, important guards that we’ve had in a past 15 years is outrageous for us.”
One of a hurdles in compiling a register was a disproportion in eras. How could a group embody players from a early 2000s along with players from a past few years?
To assistance with that, Iowa State brought in Darrell Bowie, who finished his Cyclone career final March.
“Darrell Bowie was a good pickup for us,” Perry said. “That will move in a lot of fans that competence not remember or competence be too immature to remember Curtis and Marcus. We only wanted to get a good brew of really gifted players to give Cyclone Nation a good group to watch.”
With a name like Hilton Magic Legends, it’s tough to get a full outcome of Hilton Magic when a games aren’t in Ames. But a group got a subsequent best thing.
The Hilton Magic Legends’ initial diversion — and second game, if it wins a initial diversion — will be played this weekend during Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Peoria is reduction than a five-hour expostulate from Ames.
As a No. 5 seed in a Midwest region, Iowa State will initial take on a group mostly comprised of Chicago-area players. The diversion is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. this Saturday and can be seen on WatchESPN.
“That was huge,” Perry said. “It’s good for us. There’s already a ton of fans that bought tickets and t-shirts. A lot of people have reached out to us by amicable media seeking what time they should go over, what time a games are.
“We entirely design to have a packaged house. we consider that will work in a advantage. We couldn’t be some-more excited.”
For Hilton Magic Legends to win a championship and a $2 million prize, it will have to win a final diversion in Baltimore, Maryland, subsequent month. That could embody a diversion opposite two-time fortifying champions Overseas Elite. Overseas Elite’s register includes former Cyclone DeAndre Kane, who was partial of a group that won a championship final year as well.
Could a championship diversion opposite Kane happen? Perry pronounced it would be good to play Kane in a championship game.
“We hear Baltimore is good in August,” Perry said.