The Basketball Tournament has announced 60 of the 64 teams that will compete in the annual summer contest for $2 million. 10 of those teams are made up of alumni from mid-majors, including the always-popular Ram Nation (VCU) and Few Good Men (Gonzaga) squads.
The remaining four teams will be determined in the play-in Jamboree, to be held in Philadelphia June 17 and 18.
Always A Brave (Bradley) pulled off a Cinderella run to the final four in last year’s tournament and is back this year, led by Marcellus Sommerville. Sommerville averaged better than 20 points per game in last year’s tournament en route to all-tournament team honors. This year, Always A Brave has added Cal’s Jerome Randle to try and push them from contenders to champions.
John Stockton is the booster and Dan Dickau the head coach for Few Good Men, and their squad is, predictably, loaded. Jeremy Pargo and Steven Gray are two of the Gonzaga names you may remember, but the team has also brought in Leo Lyons of Missouri fame and Malcolm Thomas of San Diego State.
Speaking of familiar faces, we can’t ignore Ram Nation, which is stacked once again with March heroes. Eric Maynor, Jordan Burgess, and Juvonte Reddic are just a few of the guys you’ll see take the court again this summer.
GaelNation is perhaps the most intriguing newcomer to the alumni list. The team is made primarily of former Iona players, including Isaiah Williams, but also features former Seton Hall star Fuquan Edwin. GM John Kiggins told Mid-Major Madness that he expects GaelNation to be one of the most fun teams to watch in the entire tournament, complete with an uptempo offense and a willingness to shoot the three.
The door is open for Elijah Carter to make an impact for Rebel Riders and the Rider Alumni. The former Florida Gator joins a team of former Broncs loaded with overseas experience.
Full list of mid-major alumni teams in the field so far:
Rebel Riders (Rider)
Blue Zoo (Middle Tennessee)
Ram Nation (VCU)
Always A Brave (Bradley)
Banner Boys (UW Milwaukee)
Majerus SLU Crew (Saint Louis)
Air Force Bomb Squad (Air Force)
Few Good Men (Gonzaga)
The Wasatch Front (Weber State)
Complete alumni rosters can be found on The Basketball Tournament’s website.