The Basketball Tournament announced on Wednesday that they plan to return this summer for a chance to win $2 million and at least one former Kentucky Wildcat has signed up in hopes of taking it home.
Marcus Lee will participate in the tournament as a member of Team Detroit. The announcement was made via Twitter on Friday evening.
Another addition! Welcome @JustMarcusLee to Team Detroit! Were getting ready! @MiamiHEAT @SFSkyforce @nbagleague @thetournament @KentuckyMBB @CalMBBall @AndrewDHaner @Charge_Nation @chrissolari @zoomthetbt pic.twitter.com/Fk17PcEDla
— TeamDetroitTBT (@DetroitTbt) May 29, 2020
If you recall, Lexington hosted a region of TBT last summer inside Frederick Douglass High School and Lee was actually a member of the local team named The Bluegrass Boys. Along with Lee, Dominique Hawkins, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway, and Drew McDonald (NKU alum) helped make up the Kentucky-based roster. Unfortunately, even with homecourt advantage, they were ranked a seven-seed (out of eight in the region) and fell in the first round to D2 – a team complied of mainly former Divison II players. Lee posted 15 points and eight rebounds on 7-10 shooting in the loss.
TBT won’t be making a trip back to the Bluegrass state this summer, as COVID-19 is forcing the organization to set up shop in one centralized location. But judging from a couple of people I’ve talked to that were involved a year ago, Lexington wouldn’t have been considered again due to low attendance numbers from last summer. DeMarcus Cousins brought a team down last summer named Loyalty is Love, which featured a deep roster of borderline NBA talent and a former Wildcat – Daniel Orton. There is currently no word on if Cousins will be back again this summer.
Only 24 teams will make the cut and over 100 have already applied. TBT will announce the official field sometime in June.