Carmen’s Crew vs. Golden Eagles: Rosters of The Basketball Tournament Players

Aaron Craft

Getty Former Ohio State player Aaron Craft is one of the top players for Carmen's Crew.

Carmen’s Crew takes on the Golden Eagles in The Basketball Tournament championship game. The matchup is essentially former Ohio State players squaring off with Marquette alumni. College basketball fans will recognize some of the names on each team’s roster.

Former Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft is one of the top players on Carmen’s Crew. The coaching staff is also made up of Ohio State legends with Scoonie Penn, Jared Sullinger and Evan Turner. For the Golden Eagles, Travis Diener is one of the recognizable names among the former Marquette players.

The TBT field included a number of other teams made up of former college players including Kentucky, Arkansas, Kansas, Syracuse, Wisconsin and UCLA among others.


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Founder Jon Mugar did not come from a sports background, but he got the idea for the tournament as he was knee-deep in comedy work. Mugar wondered what kind of basketball tournament he could create if there was a sizable purse up for grabs. Mugar admitted to the Boston Herald in 2018 that the event has surpassed his early expectations.

“If you told me five years ago that we’d be watching Jared Sullinger in his mid-20s with Greg Oden in his late 20s, Aaron Craft in his 20s playing basketball against Jimmer Fredette in his 20s . . . and we’re on ESPN, then it’s an absolute home run success,” Mugar noted to the Boston Herald.


Travis Diener Hit a Late Three to Clinch the Golden Eagles’ Spot in TBT Title Game

Diener hit a late three against Team Hines to ice the semifinal game for the Golden Eagles. Diener’s shot secured their spot in The Basketball Tournament in the championship game. Diener explained the strategy behind the three to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“In that situation, in the Elam Ending, it’s hard to play in the half court,” Diener explained to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Because it’s very physical and the refs aren’t going to decide the outcome. So in the huddle, we were talking, if we get a rebound or even on a made shot, let’s push and get something right away. They lost me a little bit, and once you see what’s happening, I knew I could get a shot off and fortunately it went in.”

Here is a look at the rosters for the Golden Eagles and Carmen’s Crew.


Golden Eagles Roster for The Basketball Tournament

NUMBER PLAYER
Daniel Fitzgerald (GM)
4 PG Maurice Acker
10 SF Juan Anderson
21 SF Lawrence Blackledge
23 PF Cinmeon Bowers
3 SG Dwight Buycks
32 Joe Chapman (Head Coach)
22 SF Mo Charlo
5 SF Elgin Cook
34 SG Travis Diener
22 SG Jerel McNeal
30 PG Andrew Rowsey
7 SG Jake Thomas
2 SF Jarvis Williams
12 PG Derrick Wilson
0 SF Jamil Wilson

Carmen’s Crew Roster for The Basketball Tournament

NUMBER PLAYER
Scoonie Penn (GM)
0 Jared Sullinger (Head Coach)
99 Evan Turner (Asst. Coach)
44 William Buford
4 Aaron Craft
33 Jon Diebler
34 Jeff Gibbs
52 Dallas Lauderdale
23 David Lighty
11 Demetri McCamey
2 Courtney Pigram
24 Evan Ravenel
1 Leon Rodgers
10 Laquinton Ross
1 Deshaun Thomas
45 John Williamson