In 2014 The Basketball Tournament (TBT) was started by creator Zach Lowe as a made for TV summer basketball tournament, with the winners claiming bragging rights, and more importantly, a large cash prize.

Teams were put together with largely former college players who didn't quite make it into the NBA and now entering the ninth edition of the event, the state of Alabama has a team to support.

"Sweet Home Alabama" will feature players who have played in and around the state of Alabama as they go for the cash prize of $1 million. The team will be led by former UAB Blazer and Conference-USA Player of the Year Aaron Johnson and current Dallas Skyline head coach Chris Berry as well as Kimami Key from the University of Montevallo.

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Alabama fans will recognize many players on the inaugural team from the Yellowhammer State, most notably Mikhail Torrance, Justin Knox and Justin Tubbs.

Torrance played for the Crimson Tide from 2006-10, averaging 15.6 points per game in his senior year for the Tide.

Knox played for Alabama from 2007-10 before transferring to North Carolina. In his final year with Alabama the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Tubbs was with the Tide from 2006-08 before transferring to East Tennessee State for his final two seasons.

Both Knox and Tubbs currently play professionally abroad in Korea and Lebanon respectively.

The rest of the roster includes

  • Guard - CJ Carter - Mississippi State 2007-09
  • Guard - Derek St. Helaire - Jacksonville State 2018-20
  • Forward - David Godbold - Oklahoma 2004-08
  • Guard - Montrael Scott - Prairie View A&M 2011-15
  • Forward - Nick Banyard - New Mexico 2012-14
  • Forward - Nigel Jones - Alabama State 2010-11
  • Guard - Trevor John - Drexel 2018-19
  • Forward - Walter Sharpe - UAB 2007-08

"Sweet Home Alabama" was given the No. 6 seed in the Xavier region as it attempts to take down 64 other teams. Its first game will be July 18 at 2 p.m. CT against "Zip 'Em Up" a team of Xavier alums.

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