Who Are: Zoo Crew TBT 2017

 


Quick Hits

Bid: Popularity

Notable Players: Ashton Gibbs, Levance Fields, Chevon Trautman

Number of Active Pros: 7

TBT History: First-time participant

Nutshell: A new group of players assemble this year's team of Pittsburgh alumni as they try to relive their NCAA tournament runs from the mid-2000s.

Background

After losing several players from last year's team to the Untouchables, this year’s Pittsburgh alumni team has a new name and plenty of new faces. How head coach Buddy Valinsky decides to utilize his two point guards, Levance Fields and Ashton Gibbs, two of the best players in Pitt history, may determine Zoo Crew's fate. If Fields and Gibbs split up, the Zoo Crew has a formidable playmaker in each of its units. Together, the two guards form one of the best backcourts TBT has to offer.

Manning the paint will be Chevon Troutman, who earned First-Team All -Big East honors in 2005 following his senior season as a Panther. Troutman has gone on to a successful European career, winning titles in France, Germany and Poland.

Zoo Crew may have lost some of its star power from the past, but they’re still as dangerous as ever. Overlook them at your own peril.