Dave Klinger, Editor. Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images North America
Have you ever wished to see Marquette basketball alumni suit up once again for the Golden Eagles?
Your wish can soon be granted.
Former Marquette forward Daniel Fitzgerald is recruiting fellow program alumni to play in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), an amateur basketball tournament with a first-place prize of $2 million. While they wouldn’t play in the familiar confines of the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the Golden Eagles alumni could travel to Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York and be nationally featured on ESPN, ESPNU, and ESPN2. Other amateur teams affiliated with colleges include alumni of Kentucky, Kansas State, Syracuse, Gonzaga, Villanova, and many more.
The selection process is simple. To receive an automatic bid a team must finish in the top twelve of votes within its region. Four additional teams will be added as at-large bids beyond the top twelve vote-getters, and to qualify for consideration a team must have at least 200 votes and 7 players.
The Golden Eagles alumni team holds 324 votes, which currently ranks tenth within its Midwest region. It has only three players committed–Dwight Burke, Trent Locket, and all-time leading scorer Jerel McNeal–but Fitzgerald hinted via Twitter on Saturday that many other alumni are interested.
The voting process ends on June 1. The field will be announced and seeded between June 8-July 1st. The tournament will be played from July 9-30, and the winner-takes-all championship–aired on ESPN–will be played on August 2.
If you want to help this team of Golden Eagles alumni get into the tournament, then vote in the link below.
To find out more information about the rules of The Basketball Tournament, click here.
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