TBT Connections to the Final Four 2021

 

By: Kathryn Maloney


Some of TBT's best players come from Final Four schools

As college basketball comes to a close, TBT gets closer and closer. But before we bid adieu to this season, the Final Four tips off on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a rundown of some connections TBT has to the remaining teams. 

Houston

Rob Gray is one one of the best guards in Houston history. Full stop. He's also made his mark in TBT.  In 2019, he led Team Fredette in scoring, averaging 19 points and 5 rebounds per game. Gray had a standout 31-point performance against the CitiTeam Blazers in his team's first round win. Armoni Brooks, another Houston alum, played for the Stillwater Stars in last summer’s bubble tournament. He had 7 points and 5 rebounds in their lone game. 

 

 

Baylor

Former Bears Isaiah Austin, Pierre Jackson, and Quincy Miller are three of the most notable players in program history. The trio also led the DeMarcus Cousins-led Loyalty Is Love to the TBT 2019 Quarterfinals. Austin averaged 15.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, and had a 23-point, 8-rebound outing against the Fort Wayne Champs in Lexington. Jackson averaged 15 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists per game -- including a 26-point, 11-rebound, 4-assist outburst against the Illinois Hoopville Warriors in the first round. Miller was reliable all tournament long, averaging 11.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Austin ran it back last summer, playing for Team HeartFIRE in the bubble, logging a team-high 17 points and 5 rebounds in their lone game. Another notable Baylor alum, Tweety Carter, also played on Team HeartFIRE last summer, and finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

 

Gonzaga 

Jeremy Pargo, a 2-time TBT champion with Overseas Elite (2017, 2018), is one of the best players in both Gonzaga and TBT history. Notably, Pargo has hit five Elam Ending winning shots, which ties him for the most ever. Another noteworthy alum is Austin Daye, who helped lead Team Challenge ALS to the TBT 2017 Championship Game. Gonzaga also had an alumni team in TBT from 2016-2018 called Few Good Men, named after the program's head coach Mark Few. They reached the Super 16 in both 2016 and 2017. Pargo was a leader on that team, which also included other former 'Zags stars Micah Downs, Dan Dickau, David Stockton, Steven Gray, and Blake Stepp.

 

UCLA

The Bruins had an alumni team in TBT 2018 and 2019 called Sons of Westwood, named after the section of Los Angeles where the school is located. They made a run to the Super 16 in 2018 largely thanks to Jordan Adams, who averaged 22.3 points and 6 rebounds per game. He had a brief stint with the Grizzlies after leaving UCLA in 2014 and played for Team HeartFIRE in the bubble last summer. Isaac Hamilton stood out in 2018 himself, averaging 15.3 points per game. Gyorgy Goloman (10 pts, 3.3 reb per game) and Malcolm Lee (9.3 pts, 4.3 reb, 3.3 ast per game) were also big contributors. Bryce Alford, another UCLA alum, played for The Money Team last summer. In his team's loss to Herd That, he scored a team-high 20 points on six made threes.