Former NBA Development League guard and YouTube phenomenon Aquille Carr, who recently declared from the 2014 NBA Draft, will be participating in The Basketball Tournament.
I know you’re wondering exactly what that is, but here is a brief description of the event by way of ESPN’s Grantland:
Three years ago, a television producer whom Rob Kennedy had never met walked into the office where Kennedy oversees a youth basketball organization and pitched a crazy idea: a nationwide, five-on-five basketball tournament open to almost anyone, with social media elements and a multimillion-dollar, winner-take-all prize.
The lead organizers, Vin Martelli and Jonathan Mugar, will later today unveil The Basketball Tournament, a 32-team five-on-five bracket with a $500,000 winner-take-all prize.
While it’s not March Madness or participating in the NBA, the Basketball Tournament provides the opportunity for hoopers to live a second life and for fans to experience basketball during the NBA’s and NCAA’s downtime.
Along with Aquille Carr, here is a list of notable players — mainly former NBA players — and teams that will be participating in the program:
- Dahntay Jones
- Ryan Gomes
- 2010 Cornell Sweet 16 team (Jeff Foote, Jon Jaques, etc.)
- 2009 Villanova Final-Four team (Scottie Reynolds, Dante Cunningham, etc.)
The tournament is welcome to anyone to play as long as they are over the age of 18. With $500K on the line, this will likely bring out many hoopers to provide endless amounts of entertainment. Having players such as Scottie Reynolds and Aquille Carr who are known for razzling and dazzling on the court, the tournament is sure to turn heads and gather spectators going forward.
Head to the Basketball Tournament’s official site for more information on the event.