Jul 05, 2017
RICHMOND, Va. – For the second straight summer, a team comprised primarily of VCU Basketball alumni will compete for a prize of $2 million in The Basketball Tournament (TBT).
Ram Nation, which is expected to feature both Eric Maynor and Larry Sanders this year, is seeded No. 2 in the South Region, and will open the tournament against 15th-seeded Showtime on Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Queens College in Charlotte. That game and a possible second round match-up can be seen on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
In addition to Maynor and Sanders, former Rams Jamal Shuler, B.A. Walker, Jesse Pellot-Rosa, Jordan Burgess, Brandon Rozzell and Jamie Skeen will suit up for Ram Nation in Charlotte. Alums Joey Rodriguez, who is currently serving as director of player development on Mike Rhoades staff, and Bradford Burgess, who is recovering from an Achilles injury, will coach the team. The team also includes a few other faces likely familiar to VCU fans, NBA veteran Reggie Williams, former St. Bonaventure standout Dion Wright, former James Madison star Denzel Bowles and one-time Akron stalwart Romeo Travis round out the loaded roster.
Rozzell, Pellot-Rosa, Skeen, Walker and Brad Burgess were among those who helped Ram Nation to a pair of victories and a "Super 16" berth in last year's TBT. Ram Nation eventually fell to two-time and defending champs Overseas Elite 91-80. Overseas Elite is the top seed in the South Region this year.
Now in its fourth year, the winner-take-all, 64-team tournament will open this weekend at regional sites in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Peoria, Illinois. If Ram Nation wins Saturday and Sunday, it will advance to the regional semifinals in Brooklyn, New York. The semifinal and championship games will be held Aug. 1 and 3, respectively, at Coppin State's Physical Education Complex in Baltimore.