TBT Spotlight: Memorial Magic


By: Patrick Ronan | @pk_ronan

Our TBT Spotlight series continues as we take a closer look at Memorial Magic, a Vanderbilt alumni team that’s keeping it 100% in the Commodore family. The team’s GM, three coaches, booster (NBA center Festus Ezeli) and nine players are all went to Vandy and are getting back together for a shot at $2 million.

They’ve got the makeup you’re looking for in a TBT contender – talent, experience and size. It starts at the top with coach Shan Foster, a Vanderbilt legend who holds the school’s all-time scoring and three-pointers made records. He was a two-time Frist Team All-SEC selection, SEC Player of the Year as a senior in 2008 and was drafted 51st overall in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks.

As for the roster, Memorial Magic brings a stellar combo of that aforementioned contender trifecta. Only one player on the team measures in at under 6’3” (Alex Gordon) giving MM great size on the perimeter. Down low, they boast big men the likes of 6’9” Rod Odom and Steve Tchiengang, and seven-footer Joshua Henderson.

The collective experience on the Memorial Magic roster is impressive. They’re one of just 13 teams in the TBT2017 field with an experience level of 90+ and their score of 93 ranks 11th among the 64-team field.

When we get to the actual play on the court, look for Memorial Magic to be led by a pair of all-time Vandy guards.

John Jenkins is in some rare air when it comes to Vanderbilt basketball. In his three seasons at Vandy he was named to the SEC All-Rookie Team, First-team All-SEC and Third-team All-American before forgoing his senior season to enter the NBA draft. He was taken with the 23rd pick in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks, making him just the seventh player in Vandy history (and fifth highest) to be drafted in the first round. He’s played in 149 career NBA games with the Hawks, Mavericks and Suns.

Running the offense will be Jermaine Beal, a point guard with his own impressive list of accomplishments. He averaged 14.6PPG as a senior and was named First-team All-SEC. Since graduating in 2010, he’s enjoyed an extremely successful professional career. He’s won two National Basketball League (Australia and New Zealand) championships (2014 and 2016) and a Belgian League title in 2016.  He’s a scoring point guard that can torch a defense if he’s hitting from behind the arc.

Memorial Magic is the #6 seed in the South and will take on #11 seed Golden Boot Dynasty in what should be one of the better first round games in the tournament. Tickets are still available for South regional action in Charlotte and the game will be broadcasted LIVE Saturday July 8 at 4PM on WatchESPN.