TBT 2019 All-Tournament Team

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


TBT 2019 All-Tournament Team 

This summer produced some of the best basketball TBT has ever seen, including some of the best  individual tournament performances we’ve seen in recent memory. While dozens of players brought their best to the TBT courts, only five players and one GM get the honor of being named to the TBT 2019 All-Tournament team. Let’s take a look at who made the cut.

William Buford (Carmen’s Crew) – MVP

Buford was a force all tournament for the TBT 2019 champions Carmen’s Crew, leading the team in scoring while shooting crazy high percentages from the floor and behind the arc. Simply put, if you’re playing Carmen’s Crew and Buford gets going, you’re in big trouble. Fitting that the guy who led them to the Championship was the one to knock down the game-winning free throw in the Elam Ending to clinch the $2 million and raise The Trophy!

Averages:

17.8 points | 4.3 rebounds | 58.3% FG | 60.0% 3PT |

Game Log:

  • July 19 vs. Illinois BC: 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 3PT), 2 rebounds
  • July 20 vs. Big X: 24 points (9-13 FG, 6-6 3PT), 5 rebounds
  • July 21 vs. Red Scare: 23 points (9-15 FG, 2-5 3PT), 6 rebounds, 2 steals
  • August 1 vs. Eberlein Drive: 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-5 3PT), 6 rebounds
  • August 4 vs. Overseas Elite: 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-5 3PT), 5 rebounds
  • August 6 vs. Golden Eagles: 14 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 3PT), 2 rebounds, 2 steals

 

Dwight Buycks (Golden Eagles)

Buycks was invaluable for Golden Eagles, leading the team in both scoring and assists on their run to the TBT 2019 Championship game. The combination of Buycks raw talent and NBA/TBT experience made him a favorite to make this list before the tournament started, and he rose to the occasion.

Averages:

20.5 points | 4.0 rebounds | 3.7 assists | 59.7% FG | 50.0% 3PT

Game Log:

  • July 26 vs. Ft. Hood: 25 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3PT), 12-12 FT, 2 steals
  • July 27 vs. Team Colorado: 28 points (12-21 FG, 3-6 3PT), 4 rebounds
  • July 28 vs. Sideline Cancer: 34 points (13-15 FG, 4-4 3PT), 5 rebounds
  • August 1 vs. Jackson TN: 16 points (4-6 FG), 5 rebounds, 2 steals
  • August 4 vs. Team Hines: 10 points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3PT), 5 rebounds
  • August 6 vs. Carmen’s Crew: 10 points (4-12 FG), 5 rebounds, 2 steals

 

Aaron Craft (Carmen’s Crew)

Sure, there are plenty of players that scored more points, grabbed more rebounds and dished more assists than Aaron Craft. But there are two things Craft led the tournament in that don’t show up in the box score: heart and toughness. This guy lives to dive on the floor, sacrificing his body for the ball time and time again, as he set the tone for a Carmen’s Crew team that used toughness to capture the TBT 2019 crown.

Averages:

9.2 points | 4.3 rebounds | 3.5 assists | 3.2 steals | 60.0% FG | 55.6% 3PT

Game Log:

  • July 19 vs. Illinois BC: 12 points (5-6FG, 2-2 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals
  • July 20 vs. Big X: 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
  • July 21 vs. Red Scare: 10 points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3PT), 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists
  • August 1 vs. Eberlein Drive: 11 points (3-5 FG, 1-1 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists
  • August 4 vs. Overseas Elite: 4 points (2-6 FG), 7 steals, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
  • August 6 vs. Golden Eagles: 7 points (3-5 FG), 5 rebounds, 4 assists

 

Jaylen Barford (Jackson TN UnderDawgs)

Barford was the spark plug for one of the most fascinating teams in this summer’s tournament. Jackson TN UnderDawgs were out to prove that a team of guys that love the game of basketball can compete with some of the biggest names in the sport. Thanks in large part to the play of Barford, they did just that – advancing to the quarterfinals in Chicago as an No. 8 seed in the Memphis Regional. Just how good was Barford? He led his team in points, rebounds, assists and minutes played.

Averages:

24.0 points | 6.5 rebounds | 5.3 assists | 50.0% FG | 42.4% 3PT

Game Log:

  • July 19 vs. Gael Force: 13 points (6-17 FG), 9 rebounds
  • July 20 vs. Southern Gentlemen: 35 points (13-21 FG, 5-11 3PT), 7 rebounds, 5 assists
  • July 21 vs. Louisiana United: 29 points (10-19 FG, 3-5 3PT), 12 assists, 4 rebounds
  • August 1 vs. Golden Eagles: 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-6 3PT), 6 rebounds, 4 assists

 

DJ Kennedy (Overseas Elite)

Same stuff, different summer for Overseas captain DJ Kennedy. This summer, he was without Kyle Fogg and Errick McCollum, but Kennedy proved once again why he is considered one of the best to ever suit up in TBT. He was top 3 on his team in minutes, points, rebounds, blocks and steals.

Averages:

14.4 points | 7.6 rebounds | 2.8 assists | 2.4 steals | 46.8% FG

Game Log:

  • July 26 vs. Hilltop Dawgs: 24 points (7-15 FG), 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals
  • July 27 vs. Best Virginia: 12 points (3-8 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
  • July 28 vs. Team DRC: 13 points (4-10 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 assists
  • August 2 vs. Loyalty Is Love: 15 points (5-7 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 assists
  • August 4 vs. Carmen’s Crew: 8 points (3-7 FG), 6 rebounds, 3 steals

 

Daniel Fitzgerald (Golden Eagles) – GM

When Daniel Fitzgerald set out to build the 2019 Golden Eagles roster, he had plenty to build on. The 2018 Golden Eagles team made it to the semifinals before losing to Overseas Elite, and seemed to have the core needed to be TBT contenders year-in and year-out. So when it came time to build the 2019 roster, Fitzgerald had three goals: get a group of guys back together to wear the blue and gold again, compete for the $2 million and make the Marquette faithful proud by upholding the strong Marquette basketball tradition. Safe to say Fitzgerald checked all three of those boxes, as the Golden Eagles were one Elam Ending away from bringing home the $2 million in front of a Wintrust Arena packed with Marquette fans. If Fitzgerald can keep most of the team together, they should be right back in the $2 million hunt come TBT 2020.