Early storylines to watch as we approach TBT 2020

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


TBT 2020 is just months away...here's what to watch out for

Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that Carmen's Crew established themselves as the new king of the TBT world? Well, we're not only officially in a new decade, but just around six months away from TBT 2020. While hundreds of new storylines will develop over the coming weeks and months, here's a little taste of what to look out for!

Luke Hancock to explore forming a Louisville alumni team

Perhaps the biggest splash of the offseason happened just a few days ago, when 2013 NCAA Champion and Final Four Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock annoucned that he would explore forming a Louisville alumni team this summer. Predictably, the news quickly sent Cardinals fans into a frenzy. Could we see Russ Smith and Peyton Siva back in black and red this summer?!? Could Kevin Ware use TBT a means to get some closure for 2013, when he tragically suffered an open fracture of the tibia in the Elite Eight? Could Rick Pitino make his TBT debut and coach his former players? No matter what ends up happening, this is going to be a must watch team as we approch summer time. 

 

Craft, Diebler hopeful to be back for Carmen's Crew 

After winning $2 million last summer, it was actually a bit of an uncertain offseason for Carmen's Crew. TBT All-Tournament Team member Aaron Craft announced that he would be retiring from basketball at the end of the season and enrolling in medical school at Ohio State. Jon Diebler underwent meniscus surgery. Could the champs' reign of terror be over just as soon as it began?!? Not so fast... Unfortunately for the competition, both are hopeful to defend the crown this summer. Craft told Adam Jardy that he intends to play as long as it doesn't interfere with school orientation. Diebler is expected to recover in time for TBT 2020, per America's favorite walk-on Joey Lane and Andrew Zoldan on the Drive The Lane Podcast. All appears to be well in Columbus!

 

St. Bonaventure, Virginia Tech among new alumni teams looking to compete

We're expecting a record number of alumni teams to apply this year. Two new faces getting an early start on things are Brown & White (St. Bonaventure) and Maroon & Gold (Virginia Tech). While we're still waiting to see who the Virginia Tech alums will add to the roster, Brown & White has already given us a major preview. The St. Bonaventure alums started with a splash by adding Denzel Gregg, a three-year overseas pro who is the third-winningest player in program history. Next up was Matt Mobley, a two-time All-A10 nominee and last season's Belgian League Points Per Game Leader. Add in some TBT experience with Demitrius Conger - who competed with Basketball City in 2017 and is one of three players in St. Bonaventure history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 200 assists - and Brown & White is already looking like a legitimate championship contender.

 

Florida State alumni team loading up with recent grads

Speaking of new alumni teams...nobody has been more active in recent weeks than Fear The Spear. While the Florida State alums announced their intention to field a team back in October, they've used the last two weeks to really start flushing out the roster. To put it mildly, this team is going to be stacked. They started by announcing the additions of point guard David Nichols and forward Phil Cofer, who were both key members of last seasons ACC Tournament runner-up and Sweet 16 squad. Nichols is currently balling in Cyprus and Cofer finds himself in the G-League with the College Park Skyhawks. The backcourt got a big boost a couple days later with the addition of PJ Savoy, who ranks 11th in school history with 143 3-point field goals made. With names like Aaron Thomas and rim-protector Jarquez Smith also expected to suit up for Fear The Spear, it's not hard imagine that the state of Florida's first-ever alumni team could bring home $2 million this August.