Team Scarlet & Gray made a run in The Basketball Tournament last year and is looking to do the same in 2018. It just got help by way of an announcement that Greg Oden and Jared Sullinger will be a part of this year’s team.
Team Scarlet & Gray Announces Additions of Greg Oden and Jared Sullinger
Well this should be fun.
Already a favorite to be one of the last teams standing in the 2018 version of The Basketball Tournament, Team Scarlet & Gray just received a big boost — that is — if everyone participating is healthy.
That’s because Ohio State just released a statement confirming the additions of former Buckeye big men Jared Sullinger and Greg Oden to the team that will compete in the Midwest Region. The team will begin play on the campus of Capital University in Bexley, Ohio on Saturday, July 21.
It’s been well-chronicled at this point, but Oden’s career has been littered with injuries that have kept the big man from ever reaching the heights we all thought he should of, and Sullinger has routinely struggled with weight and injuries of his own.
Either way, this should be a fun team, and a fun event to watch. And as a reminder, they’ll be going against another team with Ohio State ties.
Here is the complete release from the folks at Ohio State.
COLUMBUS (July 9, 2018) – Two Columbus basketball legends today announced plans to team up for the first time ever.
Former Buckeyes and All-Americans Jared Sullinger and Greg Oden have agreed to join Team Scarlet & Gray in The Basketball Tournament (TBT)- the $2 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event to be broadcast live on ESPN.
Sullinger, a Northland High School graduate, played for The Ohio State University from 2010-2012. A two-time Associated Press All-American, Sullinger was a first round pick of the Boston Celtics and played five years in the NBA. He returns to Scarlet & Gray for the second straight year after leading the team to the semifinals last year, and was subsequently named to TBT’s 2017 All-Tournament team. Sullinger spent this past season with the Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 30.1 points and 16.6 rebounds per game.
“Jared is finally healthy and showing the world what he’s capable of on the court,” said Scoonie Penn, head coach, Team Scarlet & Gray. “When Buckeye and basketball fans see him play in person, they will quickly remember why he was one of the greatest Buckeyes to ever wear an Ohio State uniform.”
Oden, who helped lead Ohio State to the 2006-2007 NCAA Championship game, was the first pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Oden most recently played with the Jiangsu Dragons in China where he averaged a double-double.
“Greg Oden was one of the most imposing players to step foot on a Columbus basketball court,” said Linda Logan, executive director, Greater Columbus Sports Commission. “It’s great to see Greg feeling good and able to get back on the floor for Team Scarlet & Gray.”
Sullinger and Oden join former Buckeyes Aaron Craft, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, Byron Mullens and William Buford on Team Scarlet & Gray’s roster. Former Buckeye and current Portland Trailblazer Evan Turner will be an assistant coach.
While the team is mostly comprised of former Buckeye basketball players from the last six years, Penn said other former Columbus and Big 10 stars will be part of the roster.
- Leon Rodgers graduated from Eastmoor Academy in Columbus and played at Northern Illinois. The 6’5 small forward played in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies and overseas in Germany, France, Holland, Ukraine, China, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.
- Talor Battle competed against Ohio State while leading Penn State to an NIT title and NCAA Tournament bid. The 6’0 guard recently retired from international competition.
“We have an unparalleled mix of size, speed and shooting,” Penn said. “We can’t wait to reunite in front of our Columbus fans for a chance at that $2 million prize.”
Buckeye and basketball fans will have a chance to see these stars in person at Capital University’s Performance Arena on Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22. Scarlet & Gray’s first game can be seen Saturday, July 21, live on ESPN at 4:00 p.m. EDT. ESPN and ESPN 2 will combine to show nine total live Midwest regional games, and the rest can be streamed on WatchESPN. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.thetournament.com.
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