The Bluegrass Boys are making their return to basketball this summer, where they’ll once again compete in The Basketball Tournament (TBT) for a chance to win $2 million. This year, the Boys will serve as the host team for the Lexington Region. Games will take place July 19-21 at Frederick Douglass High School and will air live on the ESPN networks.
Wait… back up. What’s TBT?
Basically, it’s a 64-team, single-elimination basketball tournament that started in 2014. It’s a chance for former players to reunite and compete – the roster can include anyone without a guaranteed NBA contract. Dominque Hawkins is the latest former Cat to join the action.
In addition to Hawkins, the roster now includes Derek Willis, Marcus Lee, Josh Harrellson and Ramon Harris. Mark Krebs will serve as the team’s director.
The other host cities are Columbus, Greensboro, Memphis, Salt Lake City, Wichita, Syracuse, and Richmond. The winners of each region will meet for the semifinals and $2 million championship game in Chicago August 1-6.
Coach John Calipari commented on the tournament once Lexington was announced as a host city.
“The experience of playing in front of the best fans in the country is something that our players carry with them for the rest of their lives,” Calipari said in a press release. “Kentucky is special to every single one of them, so it doesn’t surprise me that they are coming back to compete in Lexington again. I have no doubt that they’ll feel the passion and support of Big Blue Nation – or that they’ll give that same passion back with how they compete on the court.”
The Bluegrass Boys originated in 2016, but they were upset in the first round. That roster included Shagari Alleyne, Ramel Bradley, Joe Crawford, Erik Daniels and Perry Stevenson.
This year’s roster is full of fan favorites, including two Kentuckians. How will they fare this time around?
For more on TBT and The Bluegrass Boys, check out TheTournament.com