Diener Relishing TBT Run with Golden Eagles Alumni


By: Danny Holdsman | @dholdsman

"I think it's the most fun I've had playing basketball." - Travis Diener

Playing alongside future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, Travis Diener helped lead Marquette to the NCAA Final Four in 2003. Fifteen years and a wealth of professional basketball experience later, Diener is back with the Golden Eagles in another Final Four.

The now 36-year-old and father of three is contributing in a major way to a Golden Eagles Alumni team which knocked off Boeheim’s Army en route to its first TBT Final Four appearance. In the closing moments of the upset victory, Diener hit the long range bomb to reach the target score and send his squad to Baltimore.

Diener -- a former second round draft pick with five years of NBA experience -- tweeted out the two videos of his children’s and father’s reactions to the game-winning shot, both of which capture how much this whole TBT journey means to him and his family.

TBT is not Diener’s only involvement with Marquette since he graduated. He served as the men’s basketball director of player development from 2014-17. He was happy with his role and stated that it would take “the exact perfect situation” for him to leave. That situation presented itself last summer when he accepted an offer to join Vanoli Cremona of the Italian league.

Diener recently resigned with the club for another year of professional hoops.

I sat down with him to chat about #TBT2018, Marquette hoops, his return to professional basketball overseas, and what his future will look like.


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