Quick Hits

Bid: At-Large

Notable Players: Carl Jones, Demetrius Treadwell, Nick Harney

Number of Active Pros: 6

TBT History: Made it to the second round in 2016

Nutshell: The type of dedicated, scrappy team that can do well in TBT.

About Us

Had it not been for the Jackson TN Underdawgs' stunning win over the top-seeded Bluegrass Boys later the same day in 2016, the Canton Bulldogs’ victory over the Ants Alumni (now known as Fort Wayne Champs) would stand as the biggest upset in TBT history. Despite entering the game as a 15-seed, the Bulldogs punched their opponent in the mouth right from the opening tip. Add in a staggering 29 points (8-10 from three, 9-11 overall) from sharpshooter Jesse Hardin Jr., and the No. 2 seed Ants Alumni never had a chance. The Bulldogs were sent home by Armored Athlete the following day but will look to ride the momentum from their 2016 opener into the 2017 tournament.

While there are no college connections on this team, the Bulldogs have as much chemistry as any alumni team in the field. All based out of the greater Canton, Ohio area, these guys not only play together frequently but view each other as family. And, in typical Ohio fashion, they live and die with that gritty style of defense that Midwest basketball fans know and love.

A couple of impressive additions join the team this summer. Carl Jones Jr., a 5-foot-11 point guard, will help take some of the scoring load off of Hardin Jr.’s shoulders. Jones, a Saint Joseph’s University graduate, is the third-leading scorer in program history (1,845 points). Longtime overseas professional Anthony Kent (Ball State) also joins the Bulldogs, adding some height and strength down low.

They aren’t flashy, but don’t overlook the Canton Bulldogs. As they proved last year, they can compete with anyone.